2014 Ryder Cup match-by-match results

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 28, 2014, 4:40 pm

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.

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Monday Scramble: Flawless Francesco outlasts them all

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 2:00 pm

Francesco Molinari outlasts the rest, Tiger Woods inches closer to an earth-shattering victory, Jordan Spieth lets a successful title defense slip away, Eddie Pepperell toasts his success and more in this week’s Open edition of Monday Scramble:

Forza Italia.

Amid a wild and windy afternoon at Carnoustie, where seemingly no less than a dozen players had a viable shot at the claret jug, it was a steady performance from Francesco Molinari that translated into breakthrough.

Molinari is no stranger to the big stage, and five years ago he played the final round alongside Phil Mickelson as Lefty stormed from behind to win at Muirfield. But this time, this day, it was his turn to shine as he put forth a ball-striking and scrambling clinic that yielded 16 pars and two birdies while the other leaders struggled around him.

It's the cap of an impressive heater for Molinari, who is now the first Italian to ever win a major. He outlasted Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship in May, won the Quicken Loans National by eight shots last month and now has finished first or second in five of his last six worldwide starts.

The soft-spoken veteran played the final two rounds without making a bogey, and he is a worthy champion. Expect the jug to receive a few refills of wine - and perhaps a little coffee - over the next year.

1. For about a 90-minute stretch Sunday, it seemed like Tiger Woods would finally find a way to silence the critics once and for all.

Playing alongside Molinari, Woods displayed the same tactical brilliance on the opening nine, carding two birdies while others struggled out of the gates and, at one point, taking the lead alone. But an errant approach and a poor flop shot led to a double bogey on No. 11, and his bid for the jug was diverted soon thereafter.

But man, what a ride it was through that opening stretch. For months the questions have lingered about exactly how and when Tiger might put all the pieces together, and after an early exit at Shinnecock it was easy to write him off. But his inner tactician shined for much of the week on a toasty layout, and he was steady in all facets over the weekend.

Just as Woods' five-win season in 2013 has been used as a recent example of just how high his ceiling reaches, so too this performance will be viewed like manna from heaven for Tiger apologists. He didn't quite pull it off, but there's every reason to expect that he can do so the next time around.

2. While he came up three shots short of catching Molinari, even Woods appeared to savor the final leg of a T-6 finish that serves as his best result in a major in five years and becomes the new high water mark for an already impressive season.

"It was a blast," Woods told reporters. "I was saying earlier that I need to try and keep it in perspective because, beginning of the year, if they'd have said you're playing the Open Championship, I would have said I'd be very lucky to do that."

3. A bit more on Molinari, the newest Champion Golfer of the Year who has turned into a weekend assassin over the last three months. 

Between his stirring victory at Wentworth, his rout at TPC Potomac and his comeback at Carnoustie, Molinari has now played six weekend rounds while making only a single bogey. One!

That includes 36 bogey-free holes over the last two days in Scotland, as Molinari methodically took apart the demanding links layout while turning in the only bogey-free scorecard out of the entire field on Sunday.

"To go the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest," Molinari said. "But I felt really good this morning. When I came here, I felt ready for the challenge."

4 While many players would quiver at the thought of a final-round tee time alongside Woods with a major on the line, Molinari didn't blink. Perhaps because he's been in similar situations before.

In addition to his supporting role during Mickelson's win in 2013, Molinari has twice faced off with Woods in the Ryder Cup - including a 2012 singles' draw that remains Woods' most recent Ryder Cup match. So stepping to the tee Sunday, Molinari was fazed neither by his playing partner nor by the three co-leaders that sat three shots ahead of him.

"Clearly in my group, the attention wasn't really on me, let's put it that way," Molinari said. "If someone was expecting a charge, probably they weren't expecting it from me, but it's been the same the whole of my career."

5. How times change. Just a few weeks ago, Molinari opted to tee it up at the Quicken Loans National instead of the French Open at Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National. The reason? He was concerned about his FedExCup standing.

Molinari hadn't done much in the States this year, and he was 123rd in points with his 2019 status very much in limbo. Fast forward a few weeks - including two wins and a runner-up - and Molinari can safely book travel plans on both sides of the Atlantic for years to come.

6. It was a week of what might have been for Jordan Spieth.

Spieth started his stint in Scotland by handing back the claret jug in a ceremony he admitted was more bitter than sweet. But through 54 holes, he was the betting favorite as one of three co-leaders, equipped with a great chance to go back-to-back and end a victory drought that extended back to Royal Birkdale.

Amid a disappointing campaign, it was the first time he started the final round closer than four shots to the lead.

But Spieth apparently used up his magic last year in Southport, as he seemed out of sorts from the start and quickly faded. Spieth didn't make a birdie all day, and he found a gorse bush at an inopportune time en route to a double bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.

It added up to a 76 and a tie for ninth, another disappointing finish in a year of mixed results. Now he'll have to wait another year for a potential reunion with the jug.

7. Of course, Spieth wasn't the only player who watched a share of the 54-hole lead slip away.

Kevin Kisner held at least a share of the lead after each of the first three days, but his bid for a maiden major went sideways in a bunker on the second hole Sunday. Xander Schauffele's bid lasted significantly longer, as he kept pace with Molinari until the 17th hole.

But in the end, it was a 3-over 74 and a share of second place for both men, who now find themselves firmly in the Ryder Cup mix heading into the homestretch of the selection process.

8. For the first time in his career, Rory McIlroy has a runner-up finish in a major championship. But good luck making sense of his week at Carnoustie years from now.

McIlroy was barely a factor over the weekend, having seemingly forfeited his shot at a second Open title during benign third-round conditions. But when his lengthy eagle putt fell on the 14th hole Sunday and sparked a celebration reminiscent of Hazeltine, hope was once again alive.

Ultimately, it was too little too late for the Ulsterman, who couldn't convert a lengthy birdie putt on the 72nd hole that could have putt pressure on the leaders behind him. He'll leave Scotland with a healthy check, but without the feeling that he ever got both feet planted in his quest for the claret jug.

"I just ran out of holes," McIlroy said.

9. If McIlroy's runner-up felt like somewhat of a disappointment, Justin Rose's T-2 finish was nothing short of found money.

Rose needed to birdie the difficult 18th on Friday simply to make the cut on the number, and he rebounded with a third-round 64. The Englishman added a Sunday 69 to lend credence to the notion that, despite only two top-10s in the tournament as a pro, Rose might still have an Open title in him after all.

"I just think having made the cut number, it's a great effort to be relevant on the leaderboard on Sunday," Rose said.

The weekend close continues a recent run of solid form for Rose, who won a few weeks back at Colonial and now has reached a career-best No. 2 in the world rankings.

So the Champion Golfer of the Year walks into a coffee shop...

Sadly, it seems we may not see these creative retirement plans come to fruition - at least not for a few years. But credit to Molinari for thinking outside the box, and credit to Wesley Bryan for a timely share.

This week's award winners ... 

Hair of the Dog: Eddie Pepperell. The 27-year-old Englishman admitted he was "a little hungover" during the final round, but he still put up the day's best score with a 4-under 67 that gave him a share of sixth and his first ever top-10 finish in a major. Drinks all around.

Paris Bound?: Webb Simpson. The Players champ tied for 12th to move past Bryson DeChambeau at No. 8 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically. Schauffele moved to 11th, while Kisner moved to 13th.

Quiet Consistency: Tony Finau. Finau tied for ninth at Carnoustie and has now cracked the top 10 in each of the three majors this year. In fact, six of his 10 career major starts have gone for T-18 or better. Perhaps something for Captain Furyk to consider.

Quietly Slumping: Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard is barely a year removed from his watershed win, but he has now missed the cut in four straight majors and has missed six of nine cuts overall dating back to the Masters.

Role Reversal: Molinari, who won The Open while playing alongside Tiger 12 years after he caddied for his brother, Edoardo, in a group with Woods at the 2006 Masters. Woods was the defending champ, and Edoardo was the reigning U.S. Amateur winner:

King of Yelp: To the Carnoustie barber that gave Spieth a trim before the third round that set social media ablaze. While Spieth admitted it was a little "high and tight," it became the most famous £9 haircut in years.

Make Your Own Bed: To the frat house of American stars that has become something of an Open annual tradition. While Spieth, Kisner and Zach Johnson fell short of winning the jug for the house, hopefully they all got a few good shots in on all-time goalie Jason Dufner during intra-squad soccer scrimmages.

Kick Him Out: To the obnoxious fan that nearly derailed Tiger's final tee shot. One-upsmanship has become somewhat of a plague among American crowds, but Sunday showed that even the revered Scottish faithful have a few bad eggs in the bunch.

Place Your Bets: With only 17 days until the opening round of the PGA Championship, the Westgate Las Vegas installed Dustin Johnson as a 12/1 co-favorite alongside Spieth and McIlroy. Woods headlines the group next in line at 16/1.

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Justin Thomas. For the second year in a row, Thomas' Open chances fell apart during a rainy second round. It was 67-80 at Birkdale, and this time 69-77 to miss the cut by a shot at Carnoustie. Watching what Rose did after finishing only one shot better through 36 holes only adds salt to the wound.

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DJ, McIlroy, Spieth listed as PGA betting favorites

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 1:38 pm

Three majors are in the books, but there's still one more trophy up for grabs in two weeks' time.

While next year The Open will signal the end of the 2019 major season amid a revamped calendar, this is the final year that the PGA Championship will be held in August. The tournament returns next month to Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis, which last hosted the PGA when Nick Price won in 1992 and hasn't hosted a PGA Tour event since Camilo Villegas won the 2008 BMW Championship.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published PGA betting odds shortly after the final putt dropped at Carnoustie and Francesco Molinari left with the claret jug. Topping the board are a trio of major champions: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, all listed at 12/1.

McIlroy won the PGA in both 2012 and 2014, while Spieth needs only the Wanamaker Trophy to round out the career Grand Slam. Johnson has recorded four top-10s in the PGA, notably a T-5 finish at Whistling Straits in 2010 when a few grains of sand kept him out of a playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

Fresh off a T-6 finish in Scotland, Tiger Woods headlines the group listed at 16/1, behind only the three co-favorites as he looks to win a 15th career major.

Here's a look at the betting odds for a number of contenders, with the opening round of the PGA just 17 days away:

12/1: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth

16/1: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

18/1: Justin Rose

20/1: Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Jason Day

30/1: Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama

40/1: Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Paul Casey

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson

80/1: Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner

100/1: Ian Poulter, Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Brian Harman, Brandt Snedeker, Charley Hoffman

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Molinari moves to No. 6 in world with Open win

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:31 pm

After breaking through for his first career major title, Francesco Molinari reached some rarified air in the latest installment of the Official World Golf Rankings.

The Italian's two-shot win at Carnoustie moved him up nine spots to No. 6 in the world, not surprisingly a new career high. But it's also a quick ascent for Molinari, who has now won three of his last six worldwide starts and was ranked No. 33 in the world after missing the cut at The Players Championship two months ago.

A share of second place helped Xander Schauffele jump from No. 24 to No. 18 in the updated standings, while the same result meant Kevin Kisner went from No. 33 to No. 25. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy both went up one spot after T-2 finishes to No. 2 and No. 7, respectively - a new career high for Rose.

The drama in the rankings unfolded at No. 50, as Tiger Woods moved up 21 spots to exactly No. 50 following his T-6 finish. While some projections had him moving to 51st, Woods was able to sneak into the top 50 just in time to qualify for a return to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as the top 50 in the rankings both this week and next qualify for Akron.

That includes Zach Johnson, last year's runner-up who was not yet qualified but moved from No. 52 to No. 49 this week. It also includes Kevin Chappell, who went from 61st to 47th with a T-6 finish in Scotland.

Despite missing the cut at Carnoustie, Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for another week followed by Rose, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Molinari is now at No. 6, with McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day rounding out the top 10.

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Simpson overtakes DeChambeau in Ryder Cup race

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:09 pm

A T-12 finish at The Open allowed Webb Simpson to move past Bryson DeChambeau into the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race with just three weeks to go.

Simpson finished the week at 3 under, five shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. Adding another strong result to his win at TPC Sawgrass and T-10 finish at the U.S. Open, he's now edged in front of DeChambeau by less than 41 points. But with players earning one point per $1,000 each of the next two weeks and 1.5 points per $1,000 at the PGA Championship, the race is far from over.

Jordan Spieth's T-9 finish strengthened his position at No. 6, as the top six players are essentially assured of qualifying automatically. Rickie Fowler held onto his spot at No. 7, while Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner both moved onto the bubble following T-2 finishes at Carnoustie. After a T-6 finish, Tiger Woods jumped from 31st to 20th.

Here's a look at the updated American standings, with the top eight after the PGA qualifying automatically and captain Jim Furyk adding four picks in September:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Bubba Watson

6. Jordan Spieth

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Webb Simpson


9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Xander Schauffele

12. Matt Kuchar

13. Kevin Kisner

14. Tony Finau

15. Brian Harman

On the European side, Molinari was already in position to qualify automatically but is now assured of a spot on Thomas Bjorn's roster this fall. Fellow major champs Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy also solidified their footing with runner-up performances.

Here's a look at how things look for the Europeans, with the top four from each list after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

European Points

1. Francesco Molinari

2. Justin Rose

3. Tyrrell Hatton

4. Tommy Fleetwood


Thorbjorn Olesen

Russell Knox

Eddie Pepperell

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Alex Noren

3. Rory McIlroy

4. Paul Casey


Matthew Fitzpatrick

Sergio Garcia

Ian Poulter