Report cards: 2014 European Ryder Cup team


Team Europe

Thomas Bjorn (0-2-1)

Thomas Bjorn
Grade D

Skinny: Let go of a victory in hand during opening fourballs with Martin Kaymer, getting a half instead, then got routed in his two other matches.

Jamie Donaldson (3-1-0)

Jamie Donaldson
Grade A

Skinny: Rookie never looked nervous in the spotlight, claiming a full point each day and earning the clinching point on Sunday afternoon.

Victor Dubuisson (2-0-1)

Victor Dubuisson
Grade A

Skinny: Called “enigmatic” and “unpredictable” entering the week, the Frenchman became a team room favorite and displayed immense ball-striking prowess.

Stephen Gallacher (0-2-0)

Stephen Gallacher
Grade D

Skinny: Playing in front of his fellow Scots, on a course he knew better than any Ryder Cup player this week, the rookie seemed over-matched by the format and everything that goes with it.

Sergio Garcia (2-1-1)

Sergio Garcia
Grade B

Skinny: A little shaky early in his partnership with Rory McIlroy, Garcia righted himself with strong finishes when it mattered late, winning a Saturday afternoon foursomes match with McIlroy and closing hard to beat Jim Furyk in singles.

Martin Kaymer (1-1-2)

Martin Kaymer
Grade B

Skinny: Let go of a victory in hand during opening fourballs with Thomas Bjorn, but strong closing efforts stealing a half back with Justin Rose in late rally against Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed in Saturday foursomes and with his rout of Bubba Watson in singles.

Graeme McDowell (3-0-0)

Graeme McDowell
Grade A

Skinny: Completed every assignment Capt. McGinley gave him, steering rookie Victor Dubuisson to a pair of victories in foursomes and winning in the vital leadoff spot in singles on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy (2-1-2)

Rory Mcilroy
Grade B+

Skinny: After a sluggish start losing a fourballs match with Sergio Garcia, McIlroy didn’t lose again, putting an exclamation mark on his week with a 5-and-4 thrashing of Rickie Fowler in singles.

Ian Poulter (0-1-2)

Ian Poulter
Grade C

Skinny: If you’d told Tom Watson earlier in the week that Ryder Cup star Poulter would win only a full point, he would have liked his chances.

Justin Rose (3-0-2)

Justin Rose
Grade A

Skinny: Even 4 down in his singles match to Hunter Mahan Sunday, Rose couldn’t lose, halving the match to remain unbeaten for the week.

Henrik Stenson (3-1-0)

Henrik Stenson
Grade B+

Skinny: The Swede formed a new Euro powerhouse tandem with Justin Rose, going 3-0, including a Ryder Cup record 12-under score in their fourballs victory Saturday, with a singles loss to Patrick Reed the only blemish on Stenson’s week.

Lee Westwood (2-2-0)

Lee Westwood
Grade B

Skinny: Might have been more valuable for things other than golf. Provided a calming influence for Jamie Donaldson and gave a rousing team room speech Saturday night.

Captain Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley
Grade A

Skinny: He pulled the right strings and said the right things. He stuck to the "template" and it again produced a winning team. Couldn't have done much better.