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Saturday 29 November 2014

In Pictures: Ryder Cup Team Europe ratings

Luke Donald
Luke Donald
Joint top-scorer for the home side so definitely justified his selection as a wild card. Remains perfect in six foursomes matches and has won 8.5 points out of a total of 11 in three Ryder Cups. Helped Lee Westwood take out Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker on Sunday, then hung on for a vital win over Jim Furyk in the singles.
Won 3, Lost 1, Halved 0 (3 points)
Mark: 9/10
Graeme McDowell
Monty's rock. For the first time in 40 years the European captain had the opportunity to put the US Open champion in the anchor match and, boy, did G-Mac come up trumps when the whole match came down to the last singles game out on the course. He earlier guided rookie Rory McIlroy through three of the most gruelling matches of the week.
Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1 (2.5 points)
Mark: 10/10
Ross Fisher
Was inspired when partnering Harrington to two victories and credited the Irishman with giving him the lines of his putts. 'He reads them, I hole them,' he said. Was ahead early on in the singles against Overton before fatigue caught up to him as he lost six holes out of eight. Disappointing finish to a fine debut.
Won 2, Lost 2, Halved 0 (2 points)
Mark: 7/10
Rory McIlroy
Brilliantly talented youngster who called the Ryder Cup an 'exhibition'. Now joyfully transformed - 'the best week of my life' - after winning his first Cup point on Sunday alongside friend Graeme McDowell and then battling back for a vital half in the singles to give his fellow Ulsterman the chance to regain the Cup in the final match.
Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 2 (2 points)
Mark: 8/10
Peter Hanson
One of Europe's most improved players over the last two or three years according to his captain, Colin Montgomerie. The Swede was at his best in partnering Miguel Angel Jimenez to a fourball victory on Sunday but in the singles was always up against it once Mickelson woke up and got his act together.
Won 1, Lost 2, Halved 0 (1 point)
Mark: 5/10
Edoardo Molinari
Had to be picked after winning the last qualifying event and brought Italian passion to the team room. Got a vital half with his brother on Sunday evening and was at the centre of one of the crucial Monday singles. Got to dormie against Fowler only to lose the last three holes but was saved by the heroics of Graeme McDowell.
Won 0, Lost 1, Halved 2 (1 point)
Mark: 6/10
Padraig Harrington
Controversial wildcard selection but always had the trust of his captain, who praised the Irishman for what he brought to the team room. Key contribution on the course was getting the best out of rookie Fisher. Lack of form was exposed with lack of birdies as he was outgunned by Zach Johnson yesterday.
Won 2, Lost 2, Halved 0 (2 points)
Mark: 7/10
Francesco Molinari
Only got a half point but some halves are more important than others and, after missing a few short ones earlier in the day, holed a knee-knocker of a three-footer on Sunday to prevent the Americans getting a face-saving win in session three. Was two-up on Woods before the world No 1 suddenly reappeared to blow the Italian away yesterday.
Won 0, Lost 2, Halved 1 (0.5 point)
Mark: 5/10
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Gets better with age, maturing like a fine Rioja. Now 46 and has won three tournaments this year. Claimed his first singles victory at the fourth attempt by beating Bubba Watson as Europe’s lead was starting to ebb away. Relaxed demeanour makes him a fan favourite wherever he goes.
Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 0 (2 points)
Mark: 7/10
Ian Poulter
His first home Ryder Cup and he loved every minute of it to earn the accolade of joint top points-scorer. Never less than overflowing with confidence and 'guaranteed' a singles victory prior to teeing off and duly delivered the first home win of the day. Possesses the most passionate fist pump seen in the Ryder Cup since Seve Ballesteros.
Won 3, Lost 1, Halved 0 (3 points)
Mark: 9/10
Martin Kaymer
Unbeaten in the opening three sessions, proving himself a fine partner for Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter. At times played like the USPGA champion he is, at others like a Ryder Cup rookie and was looked after by his partners until the singles when he was always behind his Valhalla rival Dustin Johnson.
Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1 (2.5 points)
Mark: 7/10
Lee Westwood
Now Europe's new Monty, leading the way at the top of the order. The new world No 2 put blue on the board early yesterday but he ultimately lost. Highlight was alongside Donald giving the previously unbeatable Woods and Stricker a 6&5 thumping on Sunday. Immense performance after a seven-week injury break, only tiring against relentless Stricker in the singles.
Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1 (2.5 points)
Mark: 9/10

Graeme McDowell may have holed the winning putt in the Ryder Cup but Europe's victory was definitely a team effort.

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