Ryder Cup: Every player rated

2016 Ryder Cup - Morning Foursome Matches


TEAM EUROPE (rated by Bryce Ritchie)

Rafa Cabrera Bello – 8 / 10

Magnificent. Took to the Ryder Cup like a duck to water. Found a partner in Sergio that was unbeaten but was then benched on the Saturday afternoon, which was an odd decision. Made the wise move to play more in the States this year and it paid off.

Matt Fitzpatrick – 3

Through absolutely no fault of his own, Fitzpatrick looked young, nervous and intimidated. He’s got his first Ryder Cup experience out of the way, and I doubt he’ll look back fondly on it. Only won four holes all week.

2016 Ryder Cup - Singles Matches

Sergio Garcia – 7

His golf was far better than his points total (two from five) suggests. Took part in arguably the finest match the Ryder Cup has ever seen (18 birdies between them, better ball 58 gross) against Phil Mickelson in the singles and, fittingly, walked away with his head held high. You get the idea – and not for the first time – that if Sergio could drain putts like Jordan Spieth he would be invincible. Take a bow.

Martin Kaymer – 4

Just didn’t play well enough. When he went three-down after seven in the singles, it looked like curtains. But what a fightback, winning four out of seven holes to win one-up. In the end, Kaymer’s point saved it from being the second largest winning margin in history.

2016 Ryder Cup - Singles Matches

Rory McIlroy – 8

Looked like a completely different golfer/person the entire week. An absolute powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm, it was only a matter of time before he ran out of steam. Or exploded. Met his match in Patrick Reed and served up an instant classic, despite the loss. Team Europe rode on the back of his energy – and it worked until he limped round Hazeltine’s back nine against Reed. The American fans still love him, which says it all. What a player.

Thomas Pieters – 9

Bloody hell. Played five times, won four points, and instantly added his name to the list of famous Belgians. Coached by an American having come through the US college system, Pieters turned up at Hazeltine and absolutely bossed it. He should be given some sort of award for bravery. Admittedly, he looked terrified on the first tee on the Friday morning and promptly lost – but he won every match after that. Critics scoffed at his inclusion as a wild card. They’re not scoffing anymore. Rory says he’ll partner him for the next 20 years. He’s earned everyone’s respect. A new star is born.

Justin Rose – 5

Showed desire for the fight and took the role of the experienced player on his shoulders but, in the end, the Englishman just didn’t play well enough. His dig at the course set-up was, in some way, slightly out of character. But we’ll forgive him.

2016 Ryder Cup - Singles Matches

Henrik Stenson – 6

Played much better than his points total suggests, probably due to the fact that he was the victim of an odd decision by Darren Clarke to end his partnership with Rose and, instead, shepherd young Matt Fitzpatrick in the Saturday morning foursomes, a match they lost. That match was a costly kick in the jewels for Europe in the grand scheme of things. Took the scalp of Jordan Spieth in the singles, making amends for his defeat to Patrick Reed at Gleneagles, which clearly still rankles with him. Gets an extra point for sense of humour in the face of adversity.

Andy Sullivan – 3

Played twice, lost twice. Hardly had any TV time, which is never a good sign at the Ryder Cup. Played in the Friday morning foursomes alongside McIlroy, losing by one hole, and then lost to 3&1 to Brandt Snedeker.

2016 Ryder Cup - Singles Matches

Lee Westwood – 5

If Westwood had holed his putt on 18 on the Saturday afternoon and won his singles match and Europe had somehow retained the cup, he would be the joint highest European Ryder Cup points-scorer in history, and a certified Ryder Cup legend. A controversial pick, Westwood sadly didn’t perform and none of the above happened. As such, he faced the wrath of angry Scots on Facebook who thought he was picked because he’s “Darren Clarke’s best pal”. He was picked because the team couldn’t afford seven rookies, and Russell Knox didn’t show enough appetite to make the side. Graeme McDowell tweeted about ‘fine lines’ in Ryder Cups. Westwood will know all about that.

Danny Willett – 2

Argue all you want about whether his brother’s remarks were, in hindsight, right or wrong, Danny Willett should have been a key figure for Clarke’s side. I had him down as hitting the opening tee shot, partnering McIlroy. Instead, what his brother did was completely destroy any build up the Europeans had and, more significantly, put Danny on the back foot from the off. Sadly, he dragged the Masters champion down and, with him, Team Europe. As a schoolteacher, PJ Willett should know better; the empty can rattles the most.

Chris Wood – 5

Lost in the haze of this Ryder Cup was the performance of Chris Wood. He partnered Justin Rose to victory in the Saturday morning foursomes and put up a gallant fight against a resurgent Dustin Johnson in the singles, losing by one hole. A gutsy performance from a genuinely good guy.


Ryder Cup: Player Ratings – Your Thoughts?

Do you agree with how Bryce and Michael have scored the two Ryder Cup teams? Would you give somebody a different score? Leave your thoughts in our ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. Chris Guthrie

    October 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Very gentle on Westwood.

  2. nigel turner

    October 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    how on earth can you give westwood 5 did you watch the ryder cup should have been 0 rated

  3. Golf Predictor

    October 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Very soft on Westwood – he would have been lucky to get zero!

  4. Allan Kerkhof

    October 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    About 1 or 2. Westwood should never have been picked. No real form. Still missing putts from two feet. He has been looking for a short game for years and is still nowhere good enough at this level. The reason he has never won a major.

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      Bryce Ritchie

      October 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      “…nowhere near good enough at this level”.

      Just want to remind you that, if he had won twice, he would have become the all-time joint highest points scorer in Ryder Cup history.

      He deserves some respect, regardless of the outcome.

      He missed a tiddler, yes, but his performance was better than his points total suggests.

  5. Robert Stephenson

    October 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    So Westwood is picked becuase there are to many rookies, c`mon the guy cannot putt and the yanks are fantastic at it. Clark boobed with his selection and the way he put the team out in the first two days. Next time pick the talent that is performing and stuff all this experience nonsence.

  6. Dave McCrae

    October 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    If Westwood had only missed one short putt we would all have forgiven him but it was several short putts and all at important times in the games he was playing. Everyone knows never to give him any putts.

  7. Terry Wall

    October 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Too right. Reduce the qualifying period to the last six months (say, from the Masters on) so you only pick in-form players. Put your rookies in with a senior player in fourball, not foursomes. Don’t be limited to those players who have European Tour membership – it’s Team EUROPE, for heaven’s sake, not Team European Tour! With Casey and Knox in the team we would have won it.

    And pay for a decent putting coach for Lee Westwood – he needs a new setup (probably open, so he can use both eyes when addressing the ball, he pulls them left because he thinks he is aiming right, then pushes them right with the next putt to compensate).

  8. Andrew Mitchell

    October 3, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    How can Westwood get 5 and some rookies 3?
    Westwood was picked for his experience but was totally out of form and should not have been picked if they were looking for experience they should have picked Monty he’s just won a major in the seniors but more seriously Knox and Casey should have went.

  9. Peter Dunn

    October 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Russell Knox has a lot to answer for. Clarke wanted him to play tournament to knock Fitzpatrick out of automatic place, but he refused. Couldn’t pick another rookie so was left with a golfer who was never going to be long enough off the tee or reach par 5′s in two. Lots of blame to go around.

  10. Hugh Wilson

    October 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Westwood 5. That’s ridiculous Total waste of space.

  11. Ian White

    October 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    So Westwood gets a 5 on the basis that “if he had won twice……”
    He didn’t, and didn’t even come close. I don’t subscribe to the notion that he should be castigated for his play, it was Clarke that picked him, and I’m sure he gave his absolute all. However, if his performance over the weekend is being rated, he can only be assessed on what he delivered, which wasn’t much at all, unfortunately.

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    Glenn Pacey

    October 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Seems like everybody wants to bag Westwood, but the reality is, HE didn’t pick himself. The blame lies squarely with Clarke for ignoring Casey who has been on fire for 3 months on the PGA tour, and for Clarke’s selections on the Saturday afternoon.

  13. andrew gudgion

    October 4, 2016 at 12:24 am


  14. A w

    October 4, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Wow imagine if Casey and Knox had been playing, Westwood should never have been included and I don’t buy this rookies nonsense these are full time professionals and pieters and bello and wood all performed admirably

    Clarke is to fault solely for the pairings which I could not figure out.

    End of rant we were not good enough simples!!!!

  15. Graeme Lees

    October 4, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Westwood 5? Seriously? Should never have gone out on the Saturday after his abysmal showing on the Friday morning. What’s the point in Wood, Sullivan and Fitzpatrick working their socks off to get in team to get one game before singles to be overlooked for that chump.

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