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Ryder Cup 2016: Player Ratings

Published: 3 Oct 2016

What a day! USA! USA! It was never really in doubt! After Team USA finally landed their vengeance blow with a 17-11 score, here are our player ratings from the last day of the Ryder Cup.

Patrick Reed 1UP v Rory McIlroy- The match of the day! The big names went up against each other and stuck together the whole way.
McIlroy- Cautious to start with but excellent. It was only mistakes that let Reed in for the win- otherwise a strong tournament. 8/10
Reed- Managed to take advantage of McIlroy’s errors on the 12th and 16th. Tried the psychology at 6th but not needed. Best US golfer of the weekend! 9/10

Jordan Speith v 3&2 Henrik Stenson- Very even at the start but separated by Speith’s splash on the 16th. A guaranteed first point of the day for Europe.
Speith- Made a good start but failed to be clinical in the middle. Lost his drive towards the end. Generally, off for the weekend. 6/10
Stenson- Poor for the first half but turned it on at the 9th hole. Birdied four of the last nine holes to seal the win. Good weekend, as expected. 7/10

J.B. Holmes v 3&2 Thomas Pieters- The game was all about the first four holes. After that, it was all about Pieters!
Holmes- The American was always playing catch-up. Apart from a good start, Holmes failed to threaten, just as he did throughout the weekend. 6/10
Pieters- The first rookie to win four points! The Belgian was clinical especially when he took advantage of Holmes’ splash at the 14th. Ending on a 20-foot putt, he can be very proud. 9/10

Rickie Fowler 1UP v Justin Rose- This game went under the radar… until the final hole! A very tense game with two top players almost inseparable.
Fowler- A first win in a singles match in the Ryder Cup. Started rashly but had strong character to level at the 10th. A respectable weekend. 7/10
Rose- The Olympic gold medallist suffered a first Ryder Cup singles loss. Having hit the water at the 7th, Rose handed the point over. An underperformance this weekend. 7/10

Jimmy Walker v 3&2 Rafa Cabrera Bello- Considering Walker had eight birdies and still lost is testament to the quality of play here.
Walker- Made a good start, a highlight being his right-to-left drive on the 12th. Unfortunate capitulation at the end of the course. 5/10
Cabrera Bello- Took the lead on the 3rd hole and never gave it up. As an unbeaten rookie with 2 ½ points, it was great to see Cabrera interacting with the crowd. 8/10

Phil Mickelson ½ v ½ Sergio Garcia- A real clash of the titans. It would have been unfair for either of them to lose!
Mickelson- Making a record 11th appearance at the Ryder Cup, Lefty was amazing to watch on the drive. Took the game and the whole weekend by the scruff of the neck. 8/10
Garcia- A fitting opponent. Made sure he was never out of reach, having stormed the whole weekend. 8/10

Ryan Moore 1UP v Lee Westwood- who else was going to decide the fate of the Ryder Cup?! Close game but Westwood’s wayward hits on the 17th and 18th created history.
Moore- Bogeyed at the start but grasped the opportunity to come back from behind twice and win it on the 18th. An understated but strong weekend. 7/10
Westwood- Perhaps the pantomime villain of the whole weekend. Near miss on the Saturday and now near miss on the Sunday. We’ve seen ‘cycling’s nearly man’, may I present ‘golf’s nearly man’. 3/10

Brandt Snedeker 3&1 v Andy Sullivan- A game where the crowd may have had the most influence as the American ran away with it.
Snedeker- One of the most consistent performers of the weekend. It did not take much to swipe Sullivan out the way with accurate play on the green. 8/10
Sullivan- A difficult Ryder Cup debut. Sullivan made a great start to the game but lacked the experience to match Snedeker in the putting game. 4/10

Dustin Johnson 1UP v Chris Wood- This is a game that will be underappreciated. If it had been higher up the starting order, it would have been the thriller!
Johnson- Only playing his best golf at the end when the Ryder Cup was won, Johnson was expected to impact more this weekend. 6/10
Wood- Made a great start and managed to stay with Johnson for the majority of the game. Will be an unsung hero for Europe. 7/10

Brooks Koepka 5&4 v Danny Willett
- A dominant display be Koepka, sealed by the 14th hole.
Koepka- By winning six points from seven between the 6th and 11th holes, the American showed a maturity throughout this tournament. 8/10
Willett- Yet another disappointing debut in the Ryder Cup for a European. Put the pressure on early but the mid-course hammering took it out of Willett. 4/10

Matt Kuchar v 1UP Martin Kaymer- The American failed to bring the fire to this brawl but… who cares? Last game of the day!
Kuchar- When the pressure was on, didn’t react. When the pressure was off, didn’t’ react! A quiet weekend this time. 5/10
Kaymer- Looked dead and buried at the start of proceedings but turned it on from the 13th to 15th hole. A late consolation for Europe. 5/10

Zach Johnson 4&3 v Matt Fitzpatrick- In a media-deprived weekend for both players, had a go at playing. Not much to report though.
Johnson- Victory was given to him by Fitzpatrick. Can look forward to future Ryder Cup appearances. 6/10
Fitzpatrick- A lot of promise in this 22-year-old but he made little impact in this match. Lost the match with a bogey on the 4th. 5/10

Total Scores:               USA 81/120              Europe 75/120

Coaches Scores
Davis Love III- Quoted by virtually everyone in his team as being “the right man for the job” deservedly! His players, urged on by the vocal Minnesota crowd, gave it everything. All they needed really was Love! 9/10
Darren Clarke- Will look back on the Sunday results and regret his selections. Clarke needed easy points but instead took the risk of playing those with weaker performances against the impressive American rookies. Will he still be here for the next Ryder Cup? 6/10

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