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Ryder CupIts obvious that Paul Azinger deserves an A for his performance as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He made all the right moves dating back to two years ago when he convinced the PGA of America to tweak the U.S. points system. Then, Zinger received a little heat for his four captains picks but was vindicated when they went a combined 6-3-5. He was clearly the leader of the entire process and his plan worked to perfection. The U.S. was dominant from the opening session and was steady until the final putt. Here is how GolfChannel.com graded Azinger's team for the matches played at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.:
 

 

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

If youd have been told that the U.S. would win the Ryder Cup but that Mickelson (1-2-2) only would win one out of five matches you wouldnt have believed it. The young rookies bailed out this wiley veteran, who continues to play poorly on this big stage.


 

 

 
Stewart Cink
Stewart Cink

Cink (1-2-0) played foursomes both days with Campbell and both times played against Rose and Poulter, winning the first matchup. Had a shot to defeat McDowell in singles but only managed two birdies in the 2-and-1 defeat to the Ulsterman.


 

 

 
Kenny Perry
Kenny Perry

Perry (2-1-1) described the Ryder Cup as the culmination of his career. After his victory in his Sunday singles match, he changed his mind and said the week defined his career. His solid play in singles kept the crowd roaring on Sunday.


 

 

 
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk

Clinched the Ryder Cup with singles victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez. Furyk (2-1-1) played well under pressure while paired with Kenny Perry for all three team matches and his veteran leadership always has a calming effect in the team room.


 

 

 
Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim

Kim (2-1-1) got off to a fast start in his pairing with Mickelson, gaining 1 points on the opening day. Then Captain Azinger sent the 23-year-old Kim out first in Sunday singles against Garcia and played flawless golf in a 5-and-4 beatdown of the Spaniard.


 

 

 
Justin Leonard
Justin Leonard

Leonard (2-1-1) was the glue during the first two days, draining countless putts that went toward winning 2 points for the Americans which was integral in giving the U.S. the lead going into Sunday. It seemed to take its toll as he fell to Swedens Karlsson 5 and 3 in singles.


 

 

 

Ben Curtis
Ben Curtis

Not much was expected from the former Open champion but much was delivered. Although the Cup was already clinched, the biggest blow from Curtis (1-1-1) came in the form of a singles victory over Lee Westwood, which prevented Westwood from winning a single match.


 

 

 
Boo Weekley
Boo Weekley

Move over John Daly, golf has a new cult hero. This was Weekleys (2-0-1) Ryder Cup. He answered the call in each match and got under the skin of European veteran Lee Westwood on the opening day. Was a perfect fit for the Kentucky galleries.


 

 

 
Steve Stricker (captain's pick)
Steve Stricker

Stricker (0-2-1) didnt play as poorly as his record suggests, rather simply ran into European forces in both team matches ' Poulter-Rose on Day 1 and Garcia-Casey on Day 2, where he and Curtis salvaged a halve. Again drew the on-form Poulter for a singles loss.


 

 

 
J.B. Holmes (captain's pick)
J.B. Holmes

Other than fellow Kentuckian Perry, perhaps no one else had more pressure on him than Holmes (2-0-1). Some thought he didnt deserve to be a captains pick and some thought that his aggressive, go-for-broke style wouldnt fit. Holmes gets the last laugh.


 

 

 
Hunter Mahan (captain's pick)
Hunter Mahan

Mahan (2-0-3) teamed with Leonard to form a formidable ' and unbeatable ' team in the first three sessions. Gained another half point with Mickelson before halving his singles match against Paul Casey. Played in all five matches and was USA's leading point-earner with 3.


 

 

 
Chad Campbell (captain's pick)
Chad Campbell

Campbell (2-1-1) was able to saddle the Euros best pairing ' Poulter and Rose ' with their only loss of the event in the Friday morning session of foursomes. Defeated Harrington in singles, long after the Cup was decided.


 

 
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