Europe whitewashed the United States in the foursomes to turn the tie on its head, and after watching McIlroy bounce back alongside Ian Poulter to beat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4&2, he has total confidence in the Co Down man's ability to reset and "go again" today. The Americans have never made up that much ground away from home, though they were the first to win after trailing 10-6, at Brookline in 1999 when they front-loaded the Sunday lineup with their biggest stars. Reed was the emotional leader two years ago in Minnesota when the US won the Cup, but he has been a ghost this week.
Woods and Bryson DeChambeau lost 5 & 4 to Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, who improved to 4-0 with three wins against Woods.
"I envisioned more, but that's the way it worked out and that's the way we thought we had to go".
But it was not just the points tally that will have sent European captain Thomas Bjorn off to dinner on a high, but the crushing nature of the victories as the home team dealt much better with the strong wind that developed through the afternoon as numerous big name Americans fell apart.
Bjorn had opted to stick two of his most experienced men out first, looking to continue that momentum from Friday afternoon, and birdies apiece on three and four had them two up early on.
Fleetwood, who was second in the US Open in June, also became the first European rookie to win all four of his opening matches. Even Furyk admitted he didn't expect to play Mickelson as little as he did in the first two days. "We have 12 awesome players, and they can't all play every match, and you accept what you get".
A frustrated Woods spoke candidly after enduring his own troubles across the first two days, having twice played and lost alongside Reed, and it is not particularly hard to read between the lines of what he said. "We are so well aware of what's standing across on the other side - the greatest players in the world".
"That's the frustrating thing about matchplay". Right now, they have played better golf, and we have to be able to do just that tomorrow. And you know, we came out today and chose to play him 36. But the grind of a longer-than-expected season following his comeback from back surgery, along with the emotional stress of winning the TOUR Championship a week ago, may have left him exhausted coming to Paris.
"It didn't work out, but you know, I think he might be emotionally a little bit exhausted".
But more than that, it forced the Americans into some awkward foursome groupings on Friday. I think his style of game lends itself very well for foursomes.
"It's been a good day, but there's plenty of examples of these scorelines not meaning a lot and there's 12 singles to play", Bjorn told Sky Sports.
That's the same deficit Europe faced in 2012 at Medinah when it produced the largest comeback on foreign soil.
One of those victories came courtesy of the partnership of McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, with the European pair downing Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka 2&1. He was not asked about spieth's provocative celebrations but they have surely been noted.