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2014 Ryder Cup: How the players and captains rated

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The Americans have been sent home from the Ryder Cup yet again with their tails between their legs while Europe celebrate an eighth win in the last 10 encounters. Here is how the players and captains from both teams rated.

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Thomas Bjorn

P3 W0 L2 H1

The big Dane was not at his best but did at least make a contribution with his half on the first day with Kaymer. His achievement was in being here as player.

5/10

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Jamie Donaldson

P4 W3 L1 H0

A stunning debut for the Welshman who collected the winning point for Europe. Was a great foursomes partner for Westwood and will surely return next time

8

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Victor Dubuisson

P3 W2 L0 H1

An incredible debut from the loner who was supposedly unsuited to team play. Brilliant in the foursomes, the Frenchman is a superstar in waiting.

8

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Stephen Gallacher

P2 W0 L2 H0

Not a great debut for the home hero with two losses from two games. But he gave Mickelson a fight and can always say he was part of this winning team.

4

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Sergio Garcia

P4 W2 L1 H1

Played perhaps the shot of the match with his five wood on the 18th in the Friday fourballs and finished strongly with two wins.

6

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Martin Kaymer

P3 W1 L1 H1

Was excellent in accounting for Bubba Watson and earned a half with Bjorn on first morning so a satisfactory performance for the US Open winner 6 G McDowell P3 W3 L0 H0 Hard to fault. Brilliantly marshalled rookie Dubuisson in foursomes before incredibly gutsy fightback in top singles

6

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Rory McIlroy

P5 W2 L1 H2

Finished so strongly after poor first day. Was at his very best in singles destruction of so-called rival Fowler.

8

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Ian Poulter

P3 W0 L1 H2

His worst Ryder Cup as an individual; the Postman could not say he delivered. After a wretched year could not find his form. But still won his team a point 5 Rose P5 W3 L0 H2 The Englishman finished as the game’s leading points-scorer and fully deserves that honour. The new Monty will be the rock for the next few games.

5

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Henrik Stenson

P4 W3 L1 H0

Will soon forget that missed tiddler in the singles and reflect on a fine display in which he and Rose established a quality partnership.

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Lee Westwood

P4 W2 L2 H0

Moved about Seve Ballesteros in the all-time points list and more than justified his wildcard with his shepherding of Donaldson. A record seventh Ryder Cup win.

7

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Justin Rose

P5 W3 L0 H2

The Englishman finished as the game’s leading points-scorer and fully deserves that honour. The new Monty will be the rock for the next few games.

9

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Graeme MacDowell

P3 W3 L0 H0

Hard to fault. Brilliantly marshalled rookie Dubuisson in foursomes before incredibly gutsy fightback in the top singles

8

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Paul McGinley

Meticulous and magnificent. Had it all worked out and did not deviate from his belief that the template would work. One of the great captains.

9

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UNITED STATES

Keegan Bradley

P3 W1 L2 H0

Loves the Ryder Cup but will soon want to forget this match. Sat out on the Saturday, he could live with Donaldson’s excellence in the singles.

5

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Rickie Fowler

P5 W0 L2 H3

Strange that he played all five as was not his best. Forged a promising with Walker, but obliterated by McIlroy

5

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Jim Furyk

P4 W1 L2 H1

Poor Blue Collar Jim became America’s biggest loser with 20 defeats as he suffered yet more Ryder Cup heartbreak. His fine career deserves better.

5

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Zach Johnson

P3 W0 L2 H1

Stuck in there to get the meaningless half against Dubuisson in the final singles but lost both his foursomes, which is his speciality.

4

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Matt Kuchar

P4 W1 L3 H0

Beat Bjorn in the singles, but it was too late. Had lost his three games before, in which he not begin to show his undoubted quality.

4

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Phil Mickelson

P3 W2 L1 H0

Try to understand that the five-time major winner won two of his three games but was sat out on Saturday. He was not pleased and had every right to be.

6

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Webb Simpson

P2 W1 L1 H1

A dubious wildcard who was pilloried for his display in the opening fourball on Friday and lost the last to half with Poulter.

4

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Jordan Spieth

P4 W2 L1 H1

Only 21, will likely become a US Ryder Cup legend. With his fellow Texan, Reed, formed a pairing of the ages. Lost singles but can hold head high.

7

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Jimmy Walker

P5 W1 L1 H3

Was one of America’s strongest performers and should be an important member in the team at Hazeltine. Is a fine foil for Fowler’s flamboyance.

6

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Bubba Watson

P3 W0 L3 H0

The world No 7 played well in the Saturday fourballs, but the fact he lost all three matches by 5&4, 3&2 and 5&4 added up to one big flop.

4

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Patrick Reed

P4 W3 L0 H1

American top points-scorer became the crowd’s villain when putting his finger to his lips. The 24-year-old is already a Ryder Cup star and the US need him.

8

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Hunter Mahan

P4 W1 L2 H1

Was brilliant in the Saturday fourballs and should have beaten Rose in the singles. But once again his nerve betrayed him.

5

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Tom Watson

Provided incontrovertible proof that great captaincy is not about how great a player you are or were. A gentleman who should never have been reappointed.

4

 

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