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Across the Pond

Ryder Cup Records

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

TEAM USA

 

Rickie Fowler

A captain’s pick and Fowler will want to justify it having been chosen despite never having won a match in eight attempts across two Ryder Cups. He also lost three of his four matches in the 2015 Presidents Cups, being thumped 6&5 by Adam Scott in the singles. He did finish third in the 2014 WGC-Match Play so has a winning record in career singles. The Californian only made it through three legs of the FedExCup play-offs after a modest second half to the season.


Current form: 59-46-7-22

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Apps 2, Played 8, Won 0, Lost 4, Halved 4; Overall .25%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .55; Team .33

 

J.B. Holmes

A rarity for an American in the modern era as Holmes has only ever been on the winning side at a Ryder Cup. That came in 2008 when, in his home state of Kentucky, he won two of his three matches and halved the other at Valhalla. He’s shone in the big events this year with tops fours at the Masters and Open Championship. Also T4 in the recent BMW Championship at Crooked Stick while he teamed up with Bubba (won’t this time) to score 2.5pts out of 4 in last year’s Presidents Cup.

 

Current form: 27-4-33-41

Hazeltine form: WD after R1 76 in 2009 PGA Championship.

Ryder Cup record: Apps 1, Played 3, Won 2, Lost 0, Halved 1; Overall .83%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .54; Team .66

 

Dustin Johnson

A first major (June’s US Open) highlights a golden year for DJ although there was disappointment at the finish as Rory’s late flourish denied him the FedExCup jackpot in Atlanta. He’s been on the losing side in both Ryder Cup appearances but did win his singles each time (6&4 v Martin Kaymer in 2010) and again at the 2015 Presidents Cup. With past course form at Hazeltine as well, Johnson will be expected to play a significant part.

 

Current form: 6-1-8-18

Hazeltine form: T10th at 2009 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 3, Played 11, Won 6, Lost 4, Halved 1; Overall .57%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .50; Team .46

 

Zach Johnson

Like DJ, Zach has never been on the winning side at a Ryder Cup (losing in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014) despite having a fair record himself. That includes singles victories over Graeme McDowell (2012) and Padraig Harrington (2010) while he also took down Jason Day 3&2 in the 2015 Presidents Cup. Ended the season in modest form but played well at Hazeltine in the 2009 PGA.

 

Current form: 42-57-48-34

Hazeltine form: T10th at 2009 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 4, Played 14, Won 6, Lost 6, Halved 2; Overall .50%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .52; Team .57

 

Brooks Koepka

Ignorance is bliss? Untainted by past Ryder Cups, Koepka will offer welcome freshness to the American team. He owns a winning record in two appearances at the WGC-Match Play (although lost 4&3 to Danny Willett in this year’s edition) and tends to thrive in the big events having finished T21 or better in his last six majors. Fifth in Birdie Or Better % so looks tailor made for fourballs.

 

Current form: 32-57-70-9

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Debut

Career Match Play point %: Singles .62; Team N/A

 

Matt Kuchar

Part of the losing side in the last three Ryder Cups (although he’s 3-for-3 in Presidents Cups), Kuchar landed the WGC-Match Play title after beating Hunter Mahan in the 2014 final and even won the World Cup of Golf (team format) in 2011. A bronze medallist at the recent Olympics, Kuchar had to rely on a captain’s pick to get into the side this time despite his usual glut of top 10s this season. Hasn’t fared well at Hazeltine.

 

Current form: 15-4-46-64

Hazeltine form: Missed cut (77-73) 2009 PGA; Missed cut (78-74) 2002 PGA

Ryder Cup record: Apps 3, Played 11, Won 4, Lost 5, Halved 2; Overall .45%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .63; Team .50

 

Phil Mickelson

No American has played in more Ryder Cups than Phil but the happy memories are few and far between as he’s been on the winning side just twice in 10 appearances and has an overall losing record (16-19-6). Does fate set up him for a singles duel with Henrik Stenson after their amazing shootout at Royal Troon in the Open Championship? Came home in 29 at the Tour Championship on Sunday although he’s struggled in the past at Hazeltine.

 

Current form: 22-24-MC-13

Hazeltine form: T73 2009 PGA Championship; T34 2002 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 10, Played 41, Won 16, Lost 19, Halved 6; Overall .46%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .54; Team .54

 

Patrick Reed

Loves this format and was the standout American in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, finishing as top US points scorer and famously shushing the crowd with his finger, something he later gained cult status for in Europe. A winner of The Barclays, the opening FedExCup event, Reed will likely be one of the main driving forces if the Americans are to snatch back the trophy.

 

Current form: 24-13-5-1

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Apps 1, Played 4, Won 3, Lost 0, Halved 1; Overall .86%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .63; Team .58

 

Ryan Moore

The agony of missing out to Rory McIlroy in the play-off for Tour Championship glory was eased shortly after when Davis Love announced Moore as his final captain’s pick. As a former US Amateur champ, he’s used to winning big at this format although he has a losing record as a pro. Moore is one of the team’s form horses (hence his pick).

 

Current form: 2-64-8-7

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Debut

Career Match Play point %: Singles .42; Team N/A

 

Brandt Snedeker

Look away now if you expect Sneds to shine in the singles. He lost 5&3 to Paul Lawrie at Medinah in 2012 and 6&4 to Jason Day in the 2013 Presidents Cup. After missing Gleneagles two years ago, he’ll be raring to go again at Hazeltine although he did crash out at halfway there in the 2009 PGA Championship. Closed with a 67 at East Lake on Sunday and can get very hot with the putter when he’s on.

 

Current form: 17-13-46-48

Hazeltine form: Missed cut (75-74) 2009 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 1, Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2, Halved 0; Overall .33%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .39; Team .50

 

Jordan Spieth

Spieth shone with Patrick Reed in the last Ryder Cup, the pair scoring two big early wins. But he lost his singles to Graeme McDowell and also suffered defeat in both his Presidents Cup singles (to Graham DeLaet in 2013 and Marc Leishman in 2015). He’ll want to show off all his skills in a first Ryder Cup on home soil and, of course, Spieth’s putter could be a game changer. He’s also lost just twice in 10 foursomes/fourballs when representing his country.

 

Current form: 17-9-21-10

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Apps 1, Played 4, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1; Overall .63%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .57; Team .75

 

Jimmy Walker

Walker was one of the better US performers at Gleneagles in 2014, halving his first three matches and later winning his singles against Ryder Cup veteran Lee Westwood. He made the big breakthrough at the end of July when winning the PGA Championship, his first major, and a return to that sort of form would make him another key man for Davis Love.

 

Current form: 28-13-3-MC

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Apps 1, Played 4, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1; Overall .63%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .30; Team .36

 

TEAM EUROPE

 

Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Spaniards have a special relationship with the Ryder Cup (Seve, Ollie, Sergio) so Cabrera-Bello has some celebrated footsteps to follow. He gets a debut after a breakout year which has seen seven top fives, the most relevant his third place in the WGC-Dell Match Play. He’s held his form since and sits 4th in the Race to Dubai.

 

Current form: 12-5-5-49

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Debut

Career Match Play point %: Singles .70; Team N/A

 

Matt Fitzpatrick

The youngest of the six European debutants, Fitzpatrick has already shone in this format on American soil by winning the 2013 US Amateur. The 22-year-old has had a mixed season but did enough to secure his first appearance and has found some consistency in recent weeks with three top 10s in his last five starts. Won his singles against Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the EurAsia Cup earlier this year.

 

Current form: 16-7-MC-5

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Debut

Career Match Play point %: Singles .55; Team .50

 

Sergio Garcia

One of the mainstays of the European team in this golden stretch for the visitors, Garcia has been on the winning side in five of his seven Ryder Cups. He’s done his best work in the foursomes, compiling a record of 9-2-2, and at both the 2004 (4.5pts) and 2006 (4pts) events he was joint top scorer with Lee Westwood. The Spaniard also has some past form at Hazeltine, making the top 10 in 2002.

 

Current form: 47-24-8-MC

Hazeltine form: MC 2009 PGA Championship; T10 2002 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 7, Played 32, Won 18, Lost 9, Halved 5; Overall .64%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .54; Team .61

 

Martin Kaymer

Provided one of the Ryder Cup’s iconic moments when holing the winning putt in 2012 to complete the ‘Miracle at Medinah’. Kaymer has been on the winning side in all three of his Ryder Cup appearances, also beating Bubba Watson 4&2 in the 2014 singles. He’s been in fine form over the summer and also note his top six finish at Hazeltine in 2009.

 

Current form: 6-20-6-15

Hazeltine form: 6th 2009 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 3, Played 10, Won 4, Lost 3, Halved 3; Overall .55%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .54; Team .50

 

Rory McIlroy

After once dismissing the Ryder Cup as an exhibition match, Rory now embraces it fully and has played his full part in recent European wins, even beating Keegan Bradley in Sunday's singles at Medinah despite nearly missing his tee-time. He heads to Hazeltine an even richer man after winning the Tour Championship and FedExCup after a thrilling finish at East Lake. Made the top three at Hazeltine in the 2009 PGA.

 

Current form: 1-42-1-31

Hazeltine form: 3rd 2009 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 3, Played 14, Won 6, Lost 4, Halved 4; Overall .57%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .71; Team .57

 

Thomas Pieters

Forced his way into Darren Clarke’s mind over the last couple of seasons with three European Tour wins, and another hot-streak just before the skipper made his captain’s picks was perfectly timed. The big-hitting Belgian is 16th on this year’s Race to Dubai and his length off the tee and ability to make a bunch of birdies and eagles makes him a great fit for fourballs.

 

Current form: 57-1-2-4

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Debut

Career Match Play point %: Singles .38; Team N/A

 

Justin Rose

His dramatic win over Phil Mickelson at Medinah (holed a bomb at 17, birdied 18) helped turn the tide late for Europe in 2012 and he was the tournament’s leading scorer at Gleneagles in 2014 with four points, scoring three wins in the company of Henrik Stenson. Rose is blooming again after winning Olympic gold and, in a team of youngsters, his experience will be vital to the European cause.

 

Current form: 24-57-31-1

Hazeltine form: MC 2009 PGA Championship; T23 2002 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 3, Played 14, Won 9, Lost 3, Halved 2; Overall .71%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .53; Team .65

 

Henrik Stenson

Stenson hasn’t yet had the thrill of capturing a Ryder Cup on American soil but did hole the winning putt at the K Club in 2006 and was one of the stars at Gleneagles in 2014 after winning three out of three alongside Justin Rose over the first two days. Recent injury worries might mean he’ll be left out at some point but, as he showed when winning the Open Championship in July, his best is brilliant. He’s also another of the European team who made the top six at Hazeltine in the 2009 PGA.

 

Current form: 41-WD-2-7

Hazeltine form: T6 2009 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 3, Played 11, Won 5, Lost 4, Halved 2; Overall .54%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .56; Team .58

 

Andy Sullivan

T12 at the Open and T23 at the U.S. Open, Sullivan has continued his career climb this season although he’ll be glad to have posted a top 20 in Italy on his last start after a run of missed cuts. Won three points out of three at the EurAsia Cup earlier this year and is just the sort of player who could emerge as a surprise hero. Sits 14th on the Race to Dubai ahead of his Ryder Cup debut.

 

Current form: 20-MC-MC-MC

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Debut

Career Match Play point %: Singles .57; Team 1.0

 

Lee Westwood

A captain’s pick from his good friend Darren Clarke means Westwood will be playing in his 10th straight Ryder Cup. He’s been able to spray the champagne after seven of those nine duels and was joint top points scorer for Europe in both 2004 and 2006. Not as consistent as he was but finished runner-up at Augusta National in April and, looking back, he was T3 at Hazeltine in the 2009 PGA Championship.

 

Current form: MC-4-27-85

Hazeltine form: T3 2009 PGA Championship, MC 2002 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Apps 9, Played 41, Won 20, Lost 15, Halved 6; Overall .56%

Career Match Play point %: Singles .52; Team .68

 

Danny Willett

The Masters champion is never short of swagger and has already shown off his skills in this format by finishing third in the 2015 WGC-Match Play at Harding Park, a result which first introduced him to many American golf observers. He did suffer a dip post-Augusta but he’s come right back to form in the last few weeks so Darren Clarke will expect plenty of him despite being it being Willett’s Ryder Cup debut.

 

Current form: 2-12-37-79

Hazeltine form: Not played

Ryder Cup record: Debut

Career Match Play point %: Singles .77; Team .50

 

Chris Wood

A big win in the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth punched Wood’s ticket although he’s only had a single top 10 since that BMW PGA Championship victory. The 6’ 5” Englishman has had plenty of matchplay experience in recent seasons (Seve Trophy, WGC-Match Play, Paul Lawrie Match Play and EurAsia Cup) although he’s one of the few on the European team with an overall losing record.

 

Current form: 20-59-49-17

Hazeltine form: T76 2009 PGA Championship

Ryder Cup record: Debut

Career Match Play point %: Singles .42; Team .60

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.