European Team Report Card

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Luke Donald (3-1-0)
Luke Donald

His lifetime foursomes record (6-0-0) is the stuff of legend and the captain’s pick was virtually unstoppable thanks to a red-hot putter. If not for McDowell’s heroics and Monty’s tactics Englishman would be the Man of the Match.

Ross Fisher (2-2-0)
Ross Fisher

Otherwise stellar week was tarnished slightly with Monday singles loss to Jeff Overton which featured more bogeys than birdies. 


Peter Hanson (1-2-0)
Peter Hanson

Phil Mickelson made a point at his expense on Monday but he ham-and-egged it well with Jimenez in Sunday’s fourball victory.

Padraig Harrington (2-2-0)
Padraig Harrington

Not the best of weeks for Harrington, although considering his recent form that wasn’t a huge surprise, and Monty would have been hammered for picking him had the U.S. completed the Monday rally. 


Miguel Angel Jimenez (2-1-0)
Miguel Angel Jimenez

Relatively quiet week for the Mechanic and his name now joins a long list of possible future captains.

Martin Kaymer (2-1-1)
Martin Kaymer

Although he lost Monday’s Whistling Straits redo against Dustin Johnson, German led all European rookies with 2 ½ points.

Graeme McDowell (2-1-1)
Graeme McDowell

Said final round of the U.S. Open was like “the back nine with my dad back at Portrush” compared to Monday singles match at Celtic Manor, all of which makes his par at the 16th hole that much more impressive.

Rory McIlroy (1-1-2)

Rory McIlroy

Northern Irishman has changed his tune about the “exhibition” and his rookie campaign was predictably eventful thanks, in large part, to a crucial halve on Monday against Stewart Cink.

Edoardo Molinari (0-1-2)
Edoardo Molinari

The Italians fail to win a full point, a surprise considering how well they played together at last year’s World Cup.

Francesco Molinari (0-2-1)
Francesco Molinari

A bit of a victim on Monday to a resurgent Tiger Woods and he never found the spark playing with his brother.

Ian Poulter (3-1-0)
Ian Poulter

Englishman has become the emotional heart of the new European team and he improves his overall record to 9-1-0.

Lee Westwood (2-1-1)
Lee Westwood

Considering the European anchor’s health was among the biggest question marks heading into the matches the Englishman was solid despite Monday’s singles loss to Steve Stricker.

Colin Montgomerie (captain)
Colin Montgomerie

Celtic Manor will be remembered as the Scot’s major and he pulled all the right strings, from a golf course setup that heavily favored the home team to his in-your-face style Monty got it right.


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