Ryder Cup player ratings for Team USA

Sport360 staff 11:47 04/10/2016

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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