2014 Ryder Cup match-by-match results

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 28, 2014, 4:40 pm

Here is a look at how each match of the individual sessions has played out in the 40th Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland:

Overall score (Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 11 1/2)

Day 3 singles (Europeans 7, U.S. 5)

Graeme McDowell def. Jordan Spieth, 2 and 1: Trailing by three holes at the turn, McDowell ran off five wins in a six-hole stretch to stun the young American and put the first point on the board for Europe.

Patrick Reed def. Henrik Stenson, 1 up: Riling up the crowd with his demonstrative celebrations, Reed made a two-putt birdie on 18 while Stenson missed a 4-footer on the last. The full-point win improved the Ryder Cup rookie’s record to 3-0-1. 

Rory McIlroy def. Rickie Fowler, 5 and 4: The close friends had a few duels this summer, but McIlroy burst out of the gates with a 3-3-3-3-3-2 start to take a 5-up lead through six holes that he wouldn’t relinquish. 

Justin Rose vs. Hunter Mahan, halved: Assured of a half point, Mahan thinned his pitch shot over the green on 18 that squandered a chance for a crucial full point.

Phil Mickelson def. Stephen Gallacher, 3 and 1: Motivated after being benched all day Saturday, Mickelson was 6 under (including the usual concessions), and won the last three holes, to defeat Scotland’s native son. 

Martin Kaymer def. Bubba Watson, 4 and 2: Kaymer won three holes in a row early (Nos. 3-5) to seize a huge lead early. He lost only one hole the rest of the way, on 15.

Matt Kuchar def. Thomas Bjorn, 4 and 3: One of the biggest disappointments on the U.S. side, Kuchar wins Nos. 5, 7, 8 and 10 to grab a 4-up lead. He improved to 1-3 this week.

Jamie Donaldson def. Keegan Bradley, 4 and 3: Delivering the clinching point for the Europeans, the Ryder Cup rookie won Nos. 11 and 12 to build an insurmountable lead, then put an exclamation point on the matches with a stiffed approach shot on 15.  

Sergio Garcia def. Jim Furyk, 1 up: In a rematch of one of the most critical 2012 singles matches, Garcia ran off four birdies and an eagle in the last seven holes to hand Furyk his record 20th loss in this competition. 

Ian Poulter vs. Webb Simpson, halved: Playing his first match since Friday morning, Simpson did well to erase a 2-down deficit at the turn, but a par on 18 wasn’t enough to earn a full point. 

Jimmy Walker def. Lee Westwood, 3 and 2: The Ryder Cup rookie was gassed during a loss Saturday afternoon, but he dropped only one hole and never trailed against Westwood

Victor Dubuisson vs. Zach Johnson, halved: The rookie Frenchman was 1 up heading to the last, but Johnson poured in a 15-foot birdie putt to halve the match.

Day 2 foursomes (Europeans 3 1/2, U.S. 1/2)

• Lee Westwood/Jamie Donaldson def. Zach Johnson/Matt Kuchar, 2 and 1: After a back-and-forth start to the match, Europe won Nos. 9 and 10 to take control of the match. The Europeans withstood the Americans’ eagle-2 on the 14th by winning the 16th and hanging on for the win, the duo’s second in two foursomes matches. Kuchar, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3.

Victor Dubuisson/Graeme McDowell def. Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler, 5 and 4: Gassed after going the distance in each of their previous three matches, Walker and Fowler got housed in the anchor match, falling 4 down through six holes en route to the Americans’ biggest loss of the week. Dubuisson and McDowell improved to 2-0 in team play. 

Sergio Garcia/Rory McIlroy def. Hunter Mahan/Jim Furyk, 3 and 2: Searching for their first full point of these matches, McIlroy and Garcia won the first two holes, lost No. 3, halved the next 10 holes and then won Nos. 14 and 16 to put yet another full point on the board for the Euros.

• Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed vs. Martin Kaymer/Justin Rose, halved: Two up with seven to play, Spieth and Reed made four bogeys in a five-hole stretch to return the match to all square. Reed missed a 2-foot putt on 16 that would have given the Americans the lead, but Spieth rebounded with a tee shot to 6 feet on 17. So dominant in the morning, Rose missed several putts on the back nine but made a 5-footer on the last to steal a half-point and remain undefeated this week (3-0-1).  

Day 2 fourballs (U.S. 2 1/2, Europeans 1 1/2)

Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson def. Bubba Watson/Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2: In the best-played match of the session, the U.S. played well but the Europeans were better. Rose and Stenson combined to shoot 12 under, holing putt after putt and capping the match with a run of 10 consecutive birdies, on Nos. 7-16. 

Jim Furyk/Hunter Mahan def. Lee Westwood/Jamie Donaldson, 4 and 3: An unlikely fourball pairing paid off for the Americans, as Furyk and Mahan birdied each of the first three holes and never looked back. The Europeans never won a hole, and Mahan's eagle after driving the par-4 14th green put things out of reach.

Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed def. Martin Kaymer/Thomas Bjorn, 5 and 3: The rookies did it again. After facing a 2-down deficit through four holes, Spieth and Reed quickly turned the tide of the match, winning five of the final seven holes to cruise to an easy point.

Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler vs. Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter, halved: The closest match of the session ended in a draw, as the Europeans held a slim lead for much of the match before a back-nine rally from Walker and Fowler. A chip-in from Poulter on No. 15 was the match highlight as both sides left with critical half-point.

Day 1 foursomes (Europeans 3 1/2, U.S. 1/2)

Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood def. Jim Furyk/Matt Kuchar, 2 up: Needing a birdie to complete the late rally, Kuchar instead hit his pitch shot woefully short of the green, leading to a par-5 and a 1-up loss to Westwood and Donaldson. The loss dropped Furyk’s record to 5-15-3 in partner play.  

Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson def. Hunter Mahan/Zach Johnson, 2 and 1: Continuing its steady play from the morning, the team of Rose-Stenson birdied the first hole and never trailed, winning the 16th and 17th holes with par to claim victory. The win moved Rose’s Ryder Cup record to 8-3 – a winning percentage (72 percent) that is second-best in European team history.

Rory Mcllroy/Sergio Garcia vs. Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker, halved: In danger of going 0-2 on opening day, McIlroy sank a 40-foot bomb on 17, then Garcia hit a fairway wood from the rough to 20 feet to steal a half-point. The birdie-birdie-birdie rally was a huge moment on the first day, especially since McIlroy and Garcia – two of the best drivers in the game – combined to hit only three fairways during the match. 

Victor Dubuisson/Graeme McDowell def. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley, 3 and 2: Europe won three holes in a four-hole stretch (No. 2-5) early to set the tone and hand the team of Mickelson-Bradley their first loss in this event (4-1). The U.S. duo shot 3 over in the alternate-shot format, leading many to wonder whether they’ll be sent out again on Saturday afternoon.  

Day 1 fourballs (U.S. 2 1/2, Europeans 1 1/2)

Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson def. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson, 5 and 4: The Americans failed to make a single birdie and the Euros built a 4-up lead after 10. Following a birdie from Rose on No. 14 the Americans were defeated, after winning a pair of matches together two years ago.

Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed def. Ian Poulter/Stephen Gallacher, 5 and 4: Tom Watson's gamble on his two young rookies paid off. The Americans built a 6-up lead through 11 holes, while Gallacher never found his footing and Poulter saw his personal seven-match winning streak end.

• Martin Kaymer/Thomas Bjorn vs. Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker, halved: The Euros were 2 up with three holes to play, but Walker did just enough to earn the draw. The cup rookie chipped in on No. 16 to win the hole, then drained a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to grab a critical half-point.

Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley def. Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia, 1 up: The closest match of the day came down to the wire, as Bradley's eagle on No. 16 squared the match. Mickelson made the lone birdie on the final hole, and the U.S. escaped the first session with a narrow lead.

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.