Ryder Cup: Report card on Team EuropeSeptember 28, 2014 Golf News
Paul McGinley's men are assessed and rated on their Gleneagles performances
P3 W0 H1 L2
Started well alongside Kaymer in the opening fourballs but they could only half and were not impressive on Saturday in losing their game. Well beaten by Kuchar in the singles, which is likely to be the last act of his Ryder Cup career.
P4 W3 H0 L1
Europe’s hero. Who would have thought that the 37-year-old from Pontypridd would be the man who earned the decisive point? Who thought he would post three points out of four? Who expected him to thrash Bradley in the singles? A remarkable performance.
P3 W2 H1 L0
Brilliant alongside McDowell in the foursomes and was going along quietly in the final singles – just in case Europe needed him. Enigmatic, unknowable and talented. McDowell thinks the world of him – and so does European golf after this performance.
P2 W0 H0 L2
Was not inspired on the first morning alongside an out-of-sorts Poulter. Unlucky not to get another outing on Saturday. Did nothing at all wrong in the singles against Mickelson – he only made one bogey and was comfortably under par.
P4 W2 H1 L1
Began slowly alongside McIlroy but like the World No 1 he got better the longer the week went on. Still a thorn in the side of the Americans at every Ryder Cup – even if Nick Faldo does not agree.
P4 W1 H2 L1
Started well alongisde Thomas Bjorn but not at his best thereafter in the pairs. Superb in hammering a hapless Watson in the singles to end the week just about in credit.
"Graeme McDowell was the official custodian of debutant Victor Dubuisson"
P3 W3 H0 L0
Official custodian of debutant Victor Dubuisson and teamed up for two emphatic foursomes wins. His singles comeback in the top match was both impressive and hugely significant. Couldn’t have done more for his captain – he played his role to perfection.
P5 W2 H2 L1
Was poor by his own standards on Friday but moved through the gears over the weekend before trouncing Fowler in the singles with an imperious showing that included an eagle and eight birdies. Has now won each of his three Ryder Cup singles.
P3 W0 H2 L1
A far cry from his Medinah form, but then it was always going to be a different kind of role for Poulter, coming in from a year ruined by injury. Even his legendary willpower couldn’t force the ball into the hole too often and he was not risked in the foursomes.
P5 W3 H2 L0
Half of the strongest pair at Gleneagles alongside Stenson, last year’s US Open champion seemed to hole more putts over the weekend than any other player. Behind for much of both his last two games but never gave up to secure vital halves in both. Top points-scorer.
P4 W3 H0 L1
Brilliant all week so what a shame he couldn’t finish off a memorable singles encounter against Reed, missing a short putt for the half. Still a European rock alongside Rose.
P4 W2 H0 L2
A different role this time for Europe’s older statesman but one he relished. Alongside rookie Donaldson they won two points out of three and he was not needed in the singles.