September 8, 2014

Ryder Cup Player Form

Team Europe

RORY McILROY

Record Won 4 Lost 3 Halved 2.

World No.1 who has won the BMW PGA, Open Championship, WGC Bridgestone and US PGA in a truly brilliant season.

HENRIK STENSON

Record W2 L3 H2.

Winless since last year’s record-breaking season, and missed out on the Tour Championship he won so brilliantly last year.

VICTOR DUBUISSON

Rookie

Not won since last year’s Turkish Airlines but has put in some good performances. Good solid all-round game.

JAMIE DONALDSON (Wales)

Rookie

Put up some solid global performances before securing his place with victory in the recent Czech Masters.

SERGIO GARCIA

Record W16 L8 H4.

A change to the claw putting-grip saw him regain the winning habit and has continued to perform well all season, including 2nd in the Open.

JUSTIN ROSE (England)

Record W6 L3 H0.

Won back-to-back titles in the Quicken Loans National and the Scottish Open, but his putting remains a little in-and-out.

MARTIN KAYMER

Record W3 L2 H1

Unsurprisingly went off the boil after winning the Players Championship and US Open, but is showing signs of coming back to form at the right time.

THOMAS BJORN

Record W3 L2 H1

Won the lucrative Nedbank Golf Challenge at the end of 2013 and, though he hasn’t looked as good since, may rise to the big occasion.

GRAEME McDOWELL

Record W5 L5 H2

Retained his French Open title during a good spell of mid-summer form, but let’s hope his new baby hasn’t dulled his competitive edge.

STEPHEN GALLACHER

Rookie

His successfully defence of his Dubai Desert Classic title proved the catalyst for a solid if unspectacular season. His gritty attempt to win the recent Italian Open warranted a pick in his home country.

IAN POULTER

Record W12 L3 H0

Terrible season! But this is the talismanic ‘Mr Ryder Cup’ – and you just couldn’t imagine a European Ryder Cup Team without him!

LEE WESTWOOD

Record W18 L13 H6

He would have expected to qualify by rights, but a mainly disappointing season left him needing a Captain’s pick over Luke Donald – only time will tell if that was a mistake.

 

Team USA

 

BUBBA WATSON

Record Won 3 Lost 5

A dual winner this season including his second Masters, and he played well at the BMW last week. Sure to prove difficult to beat.

RICKIE FOWLER

Record W0 L1 H2

Amazingly has still only won just one PGA Tour event, but impressively finished top-5 in all the Majors this season. He may improve his poor Ryder Cup record.

JIM FURYK

Record W9 L17 H4

Winless since 2010, he’s recorded a plethora of top-10s this season, including finishing fourth in the Open Championship. An ideal foursomes partner.

JIMMY WALKER

Rookie

Three early season victories have been backed up with three top-10s in the majors, and his good all round game should see him give a good account of himself.

PHIL MICKELSON

Record W14 L18 H6

After a brilliant 2013, he’s posted only two top-10s all season, the highlight of which was when runner-up in the US PGA. However, he’s bound to be enthused by his young team-mates.

MATT KUCHAR

Record W3 L2 H2

Won his seventh PGA Tour title in the RBC Heritage, but injuries and the death of his Caddy’s wife have currently took the edge off his usually ultra-consistent game.

JORDAN SPIETH

Rookie

A surprisingly winless season after finishing second in the Masters and, despite him trying hard to recapture his best form, other young starlets have been outshining him.

PATRICK REED

Rookie

Hot and cold, but three victories on the PGA Tour shows just how good his hot can be. Looked very much out-of-sorts on his last two outings though.

ZACH JOHNSON

Record W6 L4 H1

Has a fantastic end to 2013 and start to 2014, but has been relatively quiet since. One of the better US records of recent times though and shouldn’t be underestimated.

KEEGAN BRADLEY

Record W3 L1 H0

Struggled when trying to change his putting style early-season, but returned to a reasonable level of form when reverting to his long-handled putter. Whether he and Mickleson can inspire each other to play as well as they did in 2012 is a different matter.

HUNTER MAHAN

Record W3 L2 H3

He returned to form with a vengeance when winning the Barclays two weeks ago and, as Gleneagles should suit, could prove a very worthy opponent.

WEBB SIMPSON

Record W2 L2 H0

Not done much since an early season win but may be rekindled if partnered with Bubba Watson, with whom he was so successful in 2012.

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