Wednesday 22 February 2017

Reed trumps McIlroy: Here is how the players rated in the Ryder Cup

Phil Casey

Published 03/10/2016 | 07:53

USA's Patrick Reed and Europe's Rory McIlroy shake hands
USA's Patrick Reed and Europe's Rory McIlroy shake hands

The United States won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 on Sunday, beating Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine. Here is how the players on both teams performed:

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EUROPE

Rory McIlroy - Lost his opening foursomes match alongside Andy Sullivan despite being two up with four to play, but was superb thereafter and combined for three wins with rookie Thomas Pieters despite facing abuse from small sections of a raucous home crowd. Asked to play the first singles match in the expectation of facing Patrick Reed, but admitted he ran out of steam after a stunning front nine and lost a crucial point. 7/10

Thomas Pieters - Tipped as a future world number one by European captain Darren Clarke when he was chosen as a wild card, Pieters lived up to that billing by bouncing back from a heavy opening loss with Lee Westwood to win all three matches with McIlroy and then beat JB Holmes 3&2 in the singles. 9

Justin Rose - Europe's top points scorer at Gleneagles with three wins and two halves, Rose was not in the same form at Hazeltine, losing two and winning one of his matches alongside Henrik Stenson - albeit all three coming against the top US pair of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth. Partnered rookie Chris Wood to victory in the Saturday foursomes but lost his singles contest to Rickie Fowler. 6

Sergio Garcia - Lost twice with Martin Kaymer, the second time after Clarke strangely opted to break up a partnership with fellow Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello which had produced a win over Ryan Moore and JB Holmes and an unlikely half from four down with six to play against Reed and Spieth. Carded nine birdies against Phil Mickelson in the singles, including the last four holes, to claim an amazing half. 7

Henrik Stenson - Played in all five sessions despite concerns over a knee injury. As well as the two defeats suffered alongside Rose, also lost with rookie Matt Fitzpatrick in Saturday's morning foursomes, but beat Jordan Spieth 3&2 in the singles to put the first point on the board on Sunday. 6

Rafa Cabrera Bello - Qualified for the team automatically but still something of a revelation in his partnership with Garcia, which produced a win and brilliant half from a seemingly impossible position against Reed and Spieth. Carried that form into a singles win over US PGA champion Jimmy Walker. 8.

Chris Wood - Featured just once before Sunday's singles, but held his nerve impressively to close out a foursomes win over Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson after he and Rose had threatened to squander a three-hole lead with five to play. Suffered a narrow defeat to US Open champion Dustin Johnson in the singles. 6

Lee Westwood - Given a wild card for his 10th consecutive appearance but struggled in - and took responsibility for - an opening foursomes defeat with Pieters. Made four birdies alongside Willett in the Saturday fourballs, but missed from two feet for another on the 18th which would have secured half a point. Was two up with three to play against Ryan Moore, but lost on the 18th as Moore's win secured a US victory. 3

Danny Willett - Came in for abuse from the crowd after his brother's ill-timed article about American fans and game seemed to suffer as a result. Suffered a heavy defeat alongside Kaymer and also lost with Westwood after they both contrived to bogey the par-three 17th in Saturday's fourballs. Thrashed by Brooks Koepka in singles to complete a miserable debut. 4

Andy Sullivan - Played well alongside McIlroy in foursomes until crucially finding water with his tee shot on the 17th and did not play again until the singles, where he birdied the first and third to move two up on Brandt Snedeker. Did not birdie another hole until the 16th however and went down 3&1. 5

Matt Fitzpatrick - The youngest member of the team, 22-year-old Fitzpatrick sat out the opening day and lost alongside Stenson in Saturday's foursomes, the European pair's faint hopes disappearing when Fitzpatrick found water with his approach to the 16th. Approximately one over par in losing his singles 4&3 to Zach Johnson.

UNITED STATES

Patrick Reed - The top US points scorer at Gleneagles in 2014 was determined to repeat the feat at Hazeltine and produced some spectacular bursts of scoring to help claim two and a half points from four matches alongside Spieth. Struck crucial blow by beating McIlroy in the first singles contest on Sunday. 9

Jordan Spieth - Admitted he relied heavily on Reed in their Saturday fourball win over Stenson and Rose, with Reed making six birdies and an eagle on his own ball in a hard-fought 2&1 win. Was reported to have suffered a minor hand injury from exchanging so many high-fives with his partner, but did not use that as an excuse after losing to Stenson. 7

Phil Mickelson - Surprisingly played twice in foursomes despite hitting some extremely wayward shots, but won one and lost one alongside Rickie Fowler and also enjoyed victory in Saturday's fourballs with Matt Kuchar. Made 10 birdies to halve an amazing singles match with Sergio Garcia and performed under pressure after his criticism of previous Ryder Cup captains. 7

Matt Kuchar - Won one and lost one of his two matches alongside US Open champion Dustin Johnson, but holed crucial birdie putt from 50 feet on the 13th in a 2&1 fourballs win on Saturday. Lost out to Kaymer in singles after the overall result had already been decided. 6

Brooks Koepka - Enjoyed two wins alongside Brandt Snedeker on his debut, despite suffering a dreaded shank during the foursomes clash with Stenson and Fitzpatrick. Partnered fellow big-hitter Dustin Johnson to defeat in the fourballs against Pieters and McIlroy, but thrashed Willett in the singles. 7

Dustin Johnson - The highest ranked player in this year's Ryder Cup, who was unbeaten at Medinah in 2012, surprisingly did not play in every session after a foursomes win with Kuchar on day one. Battled to a hard-fought singles win over Wood. 6

Brandt Snedeker - Lived up to his reputation as one of the best putters in the game in winning both matches alongside Koepka and recovered from two down after three holes to beat Andy Sullivan in the singles. Only player on the US team with a 100 per cent record. 9.

Rickie Fowler - Somehow managed to partner Mickelson to victory over McIlroy and Sullivan in the opening session despite some erratic shots, but was unable to repeat the feat on day two. Justified his wild card pick by beating Rose in the singles, taking the lead in the match for the first time on the 16th. 6

JB Holmes - Paired with fellow captain's pick Ryan Moore for both fourballs but had little influence on the first-day defeat to Garcia and Cabrera Bello and only escaped with a win on Saturday after Westwood's short miss on the last green. Well beaten by Pieters in the singles. 5

Ryan Moore - Last man in on the eve of the contest as the final wildcard, he arrived in good form but managed to card only three birdies in two fourball sessions. Recovered from two down with three to play thanks to an eagle, birdie, par finish to beat Lee Westwood in the singles and secure the winning point. 7

Jimmy Walker - Won one of his two foursomes matches alongside Zach Johnson, but won just two holes against Cabrera Bello in the singles in an underwhelming display for a major champion. 5

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