Ryder Cup player ratings for Team Europe

Europe suffered defeat to USA for the first time in eight years at the Ryder Cup.

Here, Sport360 looks at each European player’s performance, rounding up the reasons behind their first loss since 2008.

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Ryder Cup player ratings for Team USA

The United States have finally inflicted a first defeat on Europe in eight years.

Here, Sport360 rounds up every key player’s individual performance, summarising the reason behind the US’ victory.

JB HOLMES (1)

P3 W1 L2 H0

Had a Friday foursomes match to forget with Ryan Moore against Garcia and Cabrera-Bello, but more importantly, lost an important singles match to rookie Pieters early on Sunday.

RATING: 3

JIMMY WALKER (1)

P3 W1 L2 H0

Played much better than the single point he ended up with. Fought hard against Cabrera-Bello in the singles and came back several times against the strong Spaniard.

RATING: 4

DUSTIN JOHNSON (2)

P4 W2 L2 H0

Johnson was the highest-ranked player in the world in the tournament at No. 2, but somehow, Love kept him away from the opening fourballs, and his singles triumph over Wood wasn’t particularly convincing either.

RATING: 5

JORDAN SPIETH (2.5)

P5 W2 L2 H1

When you are the world No. 4 and given the responsibility of playing all five matches, you are expected to bank much more than 2.5 points. Looked tired towards the end.

RATING: 5

MATT KUCHAR (2)

P4 W2 L2 H0

The reliable Kuchar was on course to having his most successful Ryder Cup, but from three-up against a struggling Kaymer, he proceeded to lose the match.

RATING: 5

ZACH JOHNSON (2)

P3 W2 L1 H0

Johnson did not come to Hazeltine in great form, but apart from the one loss in Saturday foursomes, where he and Walker fought hard against Rose and Wood, he was solid in all aspects of his game.

RATING: 6

RYAN MOORE (2)

P3 W2 L1 H0

Played three matches and will be known for his sensational turnaround in the singles match against Westwood, in which he won the last three holes to put up the winning point on the board for the USA.

RATING: 6

RICKIE FOWLER (2)

P3 W2 L1 H0

At least he got his first Ryder Cup win in his third outing. Wasn’t convincing in his foursomes victory with Mickelson against McIlroy and Sullivan, nor in the singles against Rose, but claimed the points nonetheless.

RATING: 6

PHIL MICKELSON (2.5)

P4 W2 L1 H1

Was the de facto captain of the team and played an inspirational role. Despite driving poorly, won on day one against McIlroy and Sullivan, and was involved in a sensational halved singles match against Garcia.

RATING: 8

BRANDT SNEDEKER (3)

P3 W3 L0 H0

He was the only player with a 100 per cent winning record this Ryder Cup. Snedeker’s strong short game was instrumental in all three wins. He came back from two-down to beat Sullivan in singles.

RATING: 9

BROOKS KOEPKA (3)

P4 W3 L1 H0

One of the two rookies in the US team, the big-hitting Koepka was awesome in every situation. The only loss was against a rampant McIlroy and Pieters in Saturday fourballs. Was the most comfortable winner in singles.

RATING: 9

PATRICK REED (3.5)

P5 W3 L1 H1

Was absolutely sensational, especially in carrying a struggling and injured Spieth in the Saturday fourballs, and then in his titanic singles battle with McIlroy. Is fast becoming the USA’s version of Ian Poulter.

RATING: 10

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Rayhan Thomas sets the pace at Els Club

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Thomas has been in fine form.

Rayhan Thomas continued his sensational form as he carded a flawless five-under par 67 to surge to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the opening day of the Golf Citizen Classic at The Els Club Dubai Monday.

Two weeks after becoming the youngest, as well as the only amateur champion in the MENA Golf Tour history, 16-year-old Thomas was in contention once again, finishing the day tied with Pakistan’s Shahid Javed and England’s Craig Hinton.

Thomas and Javed both went bogey free while Hinton countered an early bogey on the second hole with three birdies in a row and then picked up three more shots as the trio moved one clear at the top.

Morocco’s Ahmed Marjan, Spain’s Carlos Balmaseda, Luke Joy of England, Per Barth of Sweden and rising amateur Scottish star Daniel Hendry were grouped in the chasing pack after 68 each.

Defending champion Clarke Lutton of Scotland was in a four-man group a further shot back on three-under par 69 alongside Wira Salleh of Brunei, Scott Campbell of England and Alex Messiqua of Switzerland as 26 players broke par on day one.

Thomas, who won the Emirates Golf Federation’s Amateur Order of Merit last year, was pleased with his day’s work and said: “I played very solid golf throughout again. Hope I can keep the momentum going. So far so good.”

Thomas, who won the prestigious Scottish Boys title this summer, boasts a second, third, first and ninth place finish in his last four MENA Golf Tour events.

Thomas can expect a strong challenge from Hendry, who, like him, learned the basics of the game at the Junior Development Programme while growing up in Dubai.

“I think I hit all the fairways and didn’t make any major mistake out there. I felt my iron game was pretty good which led to aggressive golf,” said the 22-year-old, who won the prestigious Shaikh Rashid Trophy in 2011.

“Making a birdie on the long par-3 17th was the highlight of my round. I hit my four-iron to within six feet which was quite pleasing.”

Morocco’s Marjan started strongly, making the turn at three-under. Three birdies and two bogeys highlighted his back nine.

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