2014 Ryder Cup match-by-match results


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.