Captain Thomas Bjorn could not bear to let the trophy out of his sight after his European side regained the Ryder Cup in brilliant fashion in Paris.
Up against an American team featuring nine major champions and with an average world ranking of 11.2, the best in the contest’s history, Bjorn’s side recovered from losing the first three matches to outplay their opponents and secured a resounding seven-point victory at Le Golf National.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at the best bits from the final day in France.
After three-putting the 16th hole to hand Tiger Woods a lifeline in their vital singles match, Jon Rahm smashed a 356-yard drive down the 17th and hit his approach to three feet to set up a winning birdie and complete a 2&1 victory.
Phil Mickelson’s tee shot into the water on the 16th summed up the poor play of the American team as a whole, prompting the five-time major winner to concede to Francesco Molinari, who as a result became the first European player to compile a 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup.
U.S captain's picks went 2-10-0, the worst point percentage (0.17) in Ryder Cup history by a group of captain's selections.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) September 30, 2018
While Europe’s wild cards – Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter – contributed nine and a half points, Tony Finau (two) was the only American to win a single point as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau came up empty.
The worst decision I made all weekThomas Bjorn reveals he will have to get a tattoo of the winning scoreline after making a bet with his players
When you need to go to bed but you donât want to let go! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/mb98rJmbCS— Thomas BjÃ¸rn (@thomasbjorngolf) October 1, 2018
Europe will attempt to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from September 25-27, 2020, with the likes of Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington likely to be in the frame to succeed Bjorn as captain.