By Gary Van Sickle
Wednesday, October 03, 2012


U.S. Team, Ryder Cup 2012
Team USA

KEEGAN BRADLEY; Record: 3-1-0
America's newest superstar mixes Paul Azinger's passion with Ray Floyd's evil stare. Grade: A

JASON DUFNER; Record: 3-1-0
Quiet Assassin puts hit on several Euros without mussing his hair. Or combing it. Grade: A-

JIM FURYK; Record: 1-2-0
Mentored Sneds to key win, but last-hole bogey caused singles loss that contributed to U.S. loss. Grade: D-

DUSTIN JOHNSON; Record: 3-0-0
Made one big, crucial putt on Saturday. Won one big crucial point on Sunday. Grade: A

ZACH JOHNSON; Record: 3-1-0
Tougher than you think. Huge singles win. Seriously, don't mess with Iowa. Grade: A

MATT KUCHAR; Record: 2-1-0
Dynamic duo with DJ but couldn't handle Westwood when it mattered on Sunday. Grade: B+

PHIL MICKELSON; Record: 3-1-0
Nobody had more fun than Phil—until Rose stole a point with a Mongolian Reversal in singles. Grade: A-

WEBB SIMPSON; Record: 2-2-0
Made a dozen birdies while pretending to let Bubba coach him. Grade: B

BRANDT SNEDEKER; Record: 1-2-0
Tour Championship win? $11.4 million. First Ryder Cup point? Priceless. Grade: C-

STEVE STRICKER; Record: 0-4-0
Goat Cheesehead goes in the books as the guy who cost U.S. the Cup. Not gouda. Grade: F

BUBBA WATSON; Record: 2-2-0
Extra credit for defying tradition by demanding cheering in the backswing. Grade: B-

TIGER WOODS; Record: 0-3-1
As usual, too much Hyde and not enough Jekyll during a winless week. It's a process. Grade: D+

Resting Bradley and Mickelson, for which Love will be forever second-guessed, came back to bite him. Grade: C

European Team, Ryder Cup 2012
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Team Europe

Annointed a star after career putting round, lost crucial singles match to DJ. Grade: C+

LUKE DONALD; Record: 2-2-0
Not his best week by a long shot but got the Great Rally going on Sunday. Grade: B+

SERGIO GARCIA; Record: 2-2-0
Some flashes of his old fire. Beat Tiger twice and outlasted Furyk for big point late. Grade: B

PETER HANSON; Record: 0-2-0
Tell us again why only eight men play in each session? He didn't get much of a chance. Grade: D

MARTIN KAYMER; Record: 1-1-0
Made the putt that won the Ryder Cup—and nothing else matters. Grade: A+

PAUL LAWRIE; Record: 1-2-0
Scored one of Europe's three singles wins in '99 disaster; Ryder encore was much better. Grade: C+

GRAEME MCDOWELL; Record: 1-3-0
Irish superduo fell flat when GMac played more like GHack. Grade: C-

RORY MCILROY; Record: 3-2-0
Rallied from FedEx fatigue. Almost missed tee time but pulled out big win on Sunday. Grade: B+

Gave Tiger all he could handle in Cup finale as Euro hopes rose. Grade: C+

IAN POULTER; Record: 4-0-0
Superstud birdies last five holes of key four-ball match; wins singles showdown. Seve lives! Grade: A+

JUSTIN ROSE; Record: 3-2-0
Only player other than Rory to go all five matches. Take that, Mickelson! Grade: A-

LEE WESTWOOD; Record: 2-2-0
Erases dismal week by coming up huge in singles. All is forgiven, Westy. Grade: B+

He's a big believer in fate -- and the magic of Seve. Grade: A


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