Report cards: 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team


Team USA

Keegan Bradley (1-2-0)

Keegan Bradley
Grade C-

Skinny: Maybe the better grade here would be “Incomplete” considering we still haven’t heard a strong rationale from captain Tom Watson as to why he didn’t play Saturday.

Rickie Fowler (0-2-3)

Rickie Fowler
Grade C

Skinny: Although he was boat raced by Rory McIlroy in Sunday singles and still hasn’t won a Ryder Cup match, Fowler capped a defining season in the year’s biggest events with another solid performance.

Jim Furyk (1-3-0)

Jim Furyk
Grade D

Skinny: Another American veteran with an inexplicably pedestrian Ryder Cup record. A game that should be perfect for match play has produced a 10-20-4 career line.

Zach Johnson (0-2-1)

Zach Johnson
Grade D

Skinny: Ordinary play over the second half of this season continued at Gleneagles, with his only a half-point coming in a meaningless singles match.

Matt Kuchar (1-3-0)

Matt Kuchar
Grade D

Skinny: Kuchar didn’t pair well with either Jim Furyk or Zach Johnson in foursomes play. He’s going to be a perennial player on U.S. Ryder Cup teams and needs to find a partner.

Hunter Mahan (1-2-1)

Hunter Mahan
Grade C-

Skinny: He pulled Europe’s best all week, losing his Saturday foursomes match against Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia and going 0-1-1 against Justin Rose. Not sure the U.S. should expect more than that.

Phil Mickelson (2-1-0)

Phil Mickelson
Grade C+

Skinny: He was sat for a full day for the first time in a Ryder Cup career that stretches back two decades, but rolled on Sunday against home favorite Stephen Gallacher. It was the imperfect end to a trying year.

Patrick Reed (3-0-1)

Patrick Reed
Grade A

Skinny: He may not be a top-5 player, but he certainly performed like one at Gleneagles, going undefeated and winning a heated Sunday bout against Henrik Stenson.

Webb Simpson (0-1-1)

Webb Simpson
Grade D+

Skinny: Poor Simpson bore a brunt of the complaints from fans, but after an ugly opening match he never got back in the lineup before a singles half against Poulter.

Jordan Spieth (2-1-1)

Jordan Spieth
Grade B+

Skinny: Watson called Spieth, along with Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler, the future core of the Ryder Cup and after a brilliant debut the future doesn’t look quite as bad.

Jimmy Walker (1-1-3)

Jimmy Walker
Grade B

Skinny: One of the bright spots of the U.S. squad, Walker formed a solid four-match alliance with Rickie Fowler, earning three halves before tiring on Saturday afternoon.

Bubba Watson (0-3-0)

Bubba Watson
Grade F

Skinny: He didn’t win a match or any confidence from future captains when he said he was “too nice for the Ryder Cup.” Watson had far too much confidence in the Masters champion.

Captain Tom Watson

Tom Watson
Grade F

Skinny: He was the wrong guy for the job - out of touch with the current players and the demands of the job - but must share the blame with PGA of America president Ted Bishop, whose vision it was to bring back the 65-year-old.