Oct
3
2016
Ryder Cup Report Card: Grading out the American and European performances
By Brendan Prunty under Ryder Cup
Toast a cold one to captain's pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

Toast a cold one to captain’s pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

There’s obviously a ton to digest after Sunday’s win by the American team at the 41st Ryder Cup, but it’s never too early (or late) to hand out some grades.

Here’s how we felt everyone graded out following the three days of competition:

United States

Patrick Reed (3-1-1, 3 ½ points): A+
S. T. U. D. No two ways about it. Put him on the team for the next decade.

Brooks Koepka (3-1-1, 3 points): A
Didn’t get much ink, but rookie was solid as they come in his first appearance.

Brandt Snedeker (3-0-0, 3 points): A-
Made up for empty showing at Medinah in 2012.

Phil Mickelson (2-1-1, 2 ½ points): B+
Probably should’ve sat out Saturday AM session, but was money in singles.

Jordan Spieth (2-2-1, 2 ½ points): B
Helped a lot by Reed partnership, but would like to see more in singles.

Dustin Johnson (2-2-0, 2 points): B
People forget he was a lone bright spot in 2012, part of good American nucleus.

Matt Kuchar (2-2-0, 2 points): B
Not sure how many he has left, but his steady presence help get key points for U.S.

Zach Johnson (2-1-0, 2 points): B
A bulldog in this format. Not sure why DL3 didn’t use him more.

Rickie Fowler (2-1-0, 2 points): B-
Moved up a few grades by turning his singles match against Justin Rose.

Ryan Moore (2-1-0, 2 points): B-
Steady captain’s pick won the deciding point for his team. Can’t ask for much more.

J.B. Holmes (1-2-0, 1 point): C
Wasn’t used a whole ton, but kind of a mixed bag when he was out there.

Jimmy Walker (1-2-0, 1 point): C-
He and ZJ had that great Friday comeback, but not much else beyond that.

Davis Love III: B+
Still question a lot of his decisions, and frankly this American team would’ve been pretty hard for anyone to screw up. He captained the team to the win though, which is all that counts.

Europe

Thomas Pieters (4-1-0, 4 points): A+
Came from out of nowhere to be the one true dominant player on either team this week.

Rory McIlroy (3-2-0, 3 points): A
Made a pretty blasé Euro team come out of its shell with some emotion. Also: he played awesome.

Rafa Cabrera Bello (2-0-1, 2 ½ points): A
Another from-nowhere performer. Maybe the next great Spanish Ryder Cup star.

Sergio Garcia (1-2-2, 2 points): A-
Doesn’t it feel like Sergio is going to be playing in these until he’s in his 50s?

Justin Rose (2-3-0, 2 points): A-
Looked a little out of gas at times, but he was once again solid and dependable.

Henrik Stenson (2-3-0, 2 points): A-
Had a nagging knee injury and still managed to get two points for his team.

Martin Kaymer (1-3-0, 1 point): C-
Looked lost in this event once again. Only salvaged a point on Sunday … after Cup was decided.

Chris Wood (1-1-0, 1 point): C-
Rookie was hardly used, so can’t kill him for that, but did manage to help get a point.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (0-2-0, 0 points): D
Fitzpatrick looked out of his element. Should get better with experience though.

Andy Sullivan (0-2-0, 0 points): D
One of three hardly-used rookies, Sullivan was a total zero in the team format. And singles.

Lee Westwood (0-3-0, 0 points): F
Captain’s pick showed his age and his game simply aren’t in gear for this event.

Danny Willett (0-3-0, 0 points): F
Week went from bad to worse. Masters champ was a waste of a body in three matches.

Darren Clarke: C+
Was handcuffed by squad, but two of his captain’s picks were awful and some of his Friday and Saturday pairings were puzzling. He probably cost his team a point or two in the first two days.