European Report Cards

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ryder CupNick Faldos European team performed below expectations so his C grade is indicitive of that. The six-time major champion always did things his way, regardless of what anyone else thought, and perhaps that cost him in the long run. Without Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke and without Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington winning a match, Europe had no chance. Here is how GolfChannel.com graded Faldo's team for the matches played at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.:
 

 

Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington

Its impossible to believe that the best player in golf over the past three months went winless in four matches. Without Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke, Harrington (0-3-1) was the one expected to step up and take the leadership role. It never happened.


 

 

 
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

Garcia (0-2-2) easily had the worst Ryder Cup in his career, going winless and gaining a total of just 1 point. And perhaps more shocking was his benching on Day 2 ' the first time he had sat out a session in his five Ryder Cup appearances. This not to mention his 5-and-4 loss to Kim in singles.


 

 

 
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood

Got rattled early by Boo Weekley and just never showed form that hes had this whole year and in past Ryder Cups. Just unfathomable to think that the Englishman (0-2-2) could play in four matches and not win one of them.


 

 

 
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson

Stenson (1-2-1) had a rather lackluster Ryder Cup, earning just 1 points. Lone bright spot was rallying in the Saturday foursomes match to edge Mickelson-Kim. Had a tough draw in Sunday singles, going up against crowd favorite Kenny Perry and losing 3 and 2.


 

 

 
Robert Karlsson
Robert Karlsson

Karlsson (1-1-2) came into the matches hot after a victory on the European Tour and remained that way. Drubbed Leonard in singles. His play in the afternoon fourball on Day 2 was exceptional, draining seven birdies in one 10-hole stretch.


 

 

 
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Miguel Angel Jimenez

Expected more from one of the few true veterans on the squad, who usually is a strong protagonist in this event. If Jimenez (0-2-1) had been playing better perhaps Faldo would have played him in four matches instead of only three.


 

 

 
Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

A pleasant surprise for Faldo, the Ryder Cup rookie gained appreciation for the event from being an inside-the-ropes television reporter at the 2006 Cup. McDowell (2-1-1) paired with three different teammates in the first two days, then dropped Cink in singles.


 

 

 
Justin Rose
Justin Rose

Joins Poulter as the only two stars for Europe. The young, English duo was 2-1 together the first two days, then Rose (3-1-0) smoked Mickelson in the singles match that wasnt as close as the score indicated.


 

 

 
Soren Hansen
Soren Hansen

Hansen's (0-2-1)only real bright spot was in a Day 1 fourball match with Westwood where Team Europe made birdie on the 18th hole to squeak out a halve with Holmes and Weekley. Fought hard in singles match against Holmes but just didnt have the firepower.


 

 

 
Oliver Wilson
Oliver Wilson

Wilson's (1-1-0) grade really could be an incomplete because he was the only player on either squad that sat out the entire first day and only played in two total matches. The young, Cup rookie showed emotion though and could become more of a factor in the future.


 

 

 
Ian Poulter (captain's pick)
Ian Poulter

Poulter (4-1-0) ended up making Faldo look pretty smart as far as a captain's choice. He was the Euro team's emotional leader as well and the player making all the big putts to keep his team in the mix up until the outcome was decided.


 

 

 
Paul Casey (captain's pick)
Paul Casey

Casey (0-1-2) was one of Faldos two captain's picks and was unable to muster much of anything, gaining only two half points during the competition. His half point in the Sunday singles match was a gift from Mahan, who put his ball in the water on 18.


 

 
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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

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