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Europe Ryder Cup team 2014 - player guide by Darren Clarke

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Rory McIlroy: Rory is the best golfer in the world right now. He’s had an unbelievable year and will arrive at Gleneagles full of confidence from winning the Open and PGA Championship. The future of European golf is bright in the hands of Rory McIlroy.

 

Country: Ireland

Played: 2010 (winners), 2012 (winners)

Record: Played 9, Won 4, Lost 3, Halved 2, Points 5

Singles: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 0, Halved 1

Foursomes: Played 4, Won 2, Lost 2, Halved 0

Fourballs: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 1

Win percentage: 44%

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Victor Dubuisson: The first rookie in Paul McGinley’s team, Victor is a huge talent. The way he won the Turkish Open when Tiger, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson threw everything they had at him is an indication of his strength as a competitor.

 

Played: N/A

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Jamie Donaldson: The second rookie in the team, Jamie is a great addition. He hits ball very long and very straight which is crucial for the centenary course at Gleneagles.

 

Played: N/A

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Henrik Stenson: Henrik is a world class player who has been at the top of the game for some time. He won both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in 2013 which is an incredible feat. He’s also very strong mentally.

 

Country: Sweden

Played: 2006 (winners), 2008

Record: Played 7, Won 2, Lost 3, Halved 2, Points 3

Singles: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 1

Fourballs: Played 2, Won 0, Lost 1, Halved 1

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Sergio Garcia: A huge talent with plenty of Ryder Cup experience. Sergio has been playing some of the best golf of his career this year so he’s another player in great form.

 

Country: Spain

Played: 1999, 2002 (winners), 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners), 2008, 2012 (winners)

Record: Played 28, Won 16, Lost 8, Halved 4, Points 18

Singles: Played 6, Won 2, Lost 4, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 11, Won 8, Lost 2, Halved 1

Fourballs: Played 11, Won 6, Lost 2, Halved 3

Win percentage: 64%

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Justin Rose: Justin is one of the most consistent players in the game. Since he won his first major his golf has gone up another level and it just keeps getting better and better.

 

Country: England

Played: 2008, 2012 (winners)

Record: Played 9, Won 6, Lost 3, Halved 0, Points 6

Singles: Played 2, Won 2, Lost 0, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 4, Won 3, Lost 1, Halved 0

Fourballs: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2, Halved 0

Win percentage: 67%

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Martin Kaymer: When he’s on form he hits shots with laser-like accuracy, and he’s not scared when the going gets tough as he showed at the US Open this year or at Medinah when he holed the winning putt. His experience and steeliness make him a great member of the team.

 

Country: Germany

Played: 2010 (winners), 2012 (winners)

Record: Played 6, Won 3, Lost 2, Halved 1, Points 3½

Singles: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 1, Won 0, Lost 0, Halved 1

Fourballs: Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 0

Win percentage: 50%

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Thomas Bjorn: Thomas hasn’t played in the Ryder Cup since he was part of the winning team at The Belfry in 2002 but he’s another player with vast experience. One of the best wedge games in the world and a very solid hitter of the ball. He’s had a great season this year too.

 

Country: Denmark

Played: 1997 (winners), 2002 (winners)

Record: Played 6, Won 3, Lost 2, Halved 1: Points 3½

Singles: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 0, Halved 1

Foursomes: Played 2, Won 0, Lost 2, Halved 0

Fourballs: Played 2, Won 2, Lost 0, Halved 0

Win percentage: 50%

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Graeme McDowell: Graeme is a dogged competitor who knows how to get the very best out of his game. In matchplay golf he never gives up, and never gives in.

 

Country Ireland

Played: 2008, 2010 (winners), 2012 (winners)

Record: Played 12, Won 5, Lost 5, Halved 2, Points 6

Singles: Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 5, Won 2, Lost 2, Halved 1

Fourballs: Played 4, Won 1, Lost 2, Halved 1

Win percentage: 42%

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Stephen Gallacher: The third rookie in the team, Stephen’s rise up the rankings this year and performance at the Italian Open cannot be underestimated. It’s a wonderful achievement for him and Scotland has its talisman, but he’s earned his spot for the way he’s played.

 

Played: N/A

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Ian Poulter: What can you say about Ian Poulter? He lives and breathes the Ryder Cup, he absolutely loves it. His performances have been immense, not least at Medinah when he got us back into it on Saturday.

 

Country: England

Played: 2004 (winners), 2008, 2010 (winners), 2012 (winners)

Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 12-3-0

Singles (W-L-H): 4-0-0

Foursomes (W-L-H): 4-1-0

Fourballs (W-L-H): 4-2-0

win percentage: 80%

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Lee Westwood: This will be Lee’s ninth appearance on the European team which in itself is impressive. You need leaders in the team room and Lee is someone whom others look to and respect.

 

Country: England

Played: 1997 (winners), 99, 02 (winners), 04 (winners), 06 (winners), 08, 10 (winners)

Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 18-13-6

Singles (W-L-H): 3-5-0

Foursomes (W-L-H): 7-4-4

Fourballs (W-L-H): 8-4-2

Win percentage: 49%

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