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2021 Ryder Cup Player Ratings

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The U.S. recorded the biggest margin of victory in Ryder Cup history at Whistling Straits, dominating the European side all three days to win 19-9.

It was an incredible display by the U.S. youngsters and a chastening experience for Team Europe, with some veterans on the side likely to have competed in their final Ryder Cup.

Here we take a look at each player and rate their performance for the week at Whistling Straits.

U.S.

Patrick Cantlay: Three and a half points out of a possible four, as Patrick Cantlay continues to impress. Looks as calm and confident in his ability as anyone these days, and while his singles match against Shane Lowry was touted to be close, the 29-year-old bossed the Irishman. 9

Collin Morikawa: Perfect in team play, proving to be the ideal partner for both DJ and Cantlay, and his half a point against Europe’s best young gun in Viktor Hovland capped a top showing by the Californian. 8.5

Dustin Johnson: Perfection from DJ who went five for five in Wisconsin. Outstanding performance. 10

Bryson DeChambeau: Whether it was drives of over 400 yards or strutting off the first tee Sunday with a putter in hand, Bryson was at his very best last week. Dominated arguably the best Ryder Cup player in history in singles, and alongside his teammate Scheffler he was the only player who could deny World Number One Jon Rahm in team play. 9

Scottie Scheffler: There’s stepping up to the plate, and then there’s doing what Scottie Scheffler did over the weekend. Excelled in team action with Bryson DeChambeau, and then the rookie went out against the best player in the world and put him to the sword 4&3. Sensational performance. 9.5

Xander Schauffele: Phenomenal in team play, taking three points from a possible three and looks like he could partner anyone and get the best out of them. Suffered a hefty defeat in Sunday singles but had done his part brilliantly in forging the USA’s monstrous lead by then. 8

Harris English: Looked excellent alongside Tony Finau in taking down the Irish duo of McIlroy and Lowry on the opening day, but that was as good as it got for the 32-year-old who lost his Saturday fourball and Sunday single matches. 7

Daniel Berger: Another man who justified his Captain’s pick, ending the week with a winning record thanks to his single’s victory where he played the tricky anchor match. 8

Justin Thomas: Started slow but rode a wave of confidence bordering on arrogance and ended up delivering the goods. Played four times, and while he won just once in team play, JT’s crushing defeat of Tyrrell Hatton on Sunday was a statement win. 8

Jordan Spieth: Played four times and ended up on the winning side of those matches just the once. Earned half a point on Sunday, which means he’s still yet to taste victory in single’s RC action. 7

Brooks Koepka: Began the event with a nice win but struggled on Saturday, where he went 0-2 in team action. Stepped up on Sunday with a strong showing. Has the feel of a guy you’d dread to be paired against in singles play. 7.5

Tony Finau: Carbon copy of his partner Harris English’s week. 1-1 in team play, but couldn’t handle the Postman in Sunday’s singles. 7

Steve Stricker: From his captain picks to his pairings to the course setup, Steve Stricker got everything right when in the build-up to the event many had their doubts. Captained the most dominant Ryder Cup team ever. Enough said. 10

Europe

Matthew Fitzpatrick: Played three and lost them all. Has now played a total of five matches across two Ryder Cups and still hasn’t earned even half a point. Doesn’t look cut out for the competition. 3

Tommy Fleetwood: Fought hard but was only able to earn a point from his three matches in Wisconsin. Hard not to feel he was underplayed, particularly in foursomes where his omission both days raised some eyebrows. 4.5

Sergio Garcia: Another strong showing at the Ryder Cup for Sergio, who excelled alongside his fellow countryman Jon Rahm. Perfect in team play, but couldn’t handle Bryson on Sunday in a match that was more one-sided than anyone expected. 7.5

Tyrrell Hatton: Looked flat all week which was a surprise for a player that gets amped up quite often on Tour. Earned one and a half points in team play, but when Europe needed him on Sunday, he offered nothing as JT ran over the Englishman. Highlight was a stunning shot on 18 to earn half a point on Friday afternoon. 4.5

Paul Casey: Played four and lost four. Really poor performance from Casey, who despite his experience, looked out of his depth at times. 3

Rory McIlroy: Failed to contribute anything in three appearances in team play. Was bitterly disappointed in his performance in a very honest interview on Sunday. Did show up and perform admirably in singles action, but his assessment of his contribution over the week was correct; he needed to do much more. 4

Viktor Hovland: Didn’t play particularly poorly, but when you play all five matches and bring home just one point, it must go down as a big disappointment. Will learn a lot from his experience at his first Ryder Cup. 4

Shane Lowry: Trusted just the three times by his captain, Lowry delivered a great moment on Saturday on 18 to win his match, but that was as good as it got. Comfortably defeated in Sunday’s singles. 4.5

Jon Rahm: Showed he’s now the European leader with a strong display, particularly in team play. Earned three and a half points from a possible four over the first two days, which was a top, top display against this U.S. side. Ran out of gas on Sunday in a surprising upset. 7.5

Lee Westwood: Likely to be Westwood’s final Ryder Cup, and while he offered very little over the opening two days, it was nice to see him pick up a point, albeit a pretty meaningless one, on Sunday. 4.5

Bernd Wiesberger: A very tough debut at the Ryder Cup for Wiesberger, who went 0-3 in Wisconsin. You’d hope he’d be better for the experience. 3.5

Ian Poulter: Credit to Poulter, put him out in Sunday’s singles, and he’ll will himself to a point against anyone it seems. Sadly his days look numbered as a competitor at the event, however, as he looked miles off it in the team format. 4.5

Padraig Harrington: Didn’t get much right, offering himself fewer captain picks than his adversary, some odd pairings, and not picking Fleetwood for foursomes was a strange one. In his defence, if he had done everything perfectly, he’d still have been on the losing side. 4

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. iceman

    Sep 27, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    What biased ratings….a joke

  2. Jewsa

    Sep 27, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Padraig Was the sacrificial lamb. Nobody would’ve won. Bummer for him. Seems like a nice guy.

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Tony Finau gives courtside golf lesson to Dwyane Wade at Utah Jazz game

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If last night is anything to go by, then it looks like Tony Finau has taken up coaching golf in the off-season.

While attending the Utah Jazz opening game on Wednesday night, Finau was spotted sitting courtside with future hall-of-famer Dwyane Wade.

During the game, the two stars of their respective sports took a break from the on court action to discuss some mechanics of the golf swing. Finau was seen giving D-Wade some advice on how to grip the golf club and employ proper wrist action through impact .

I don’t expect to see Wade on the PGA Tour anytime soon, but getting golf advice from the best golfer to come out of the state of Utah certainly won’t hurt his handicap.

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Young fan pens touching letter to his favorite golfer Tommy Fleetwood

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Back in Japan, Tommy Fleetwood was reunited with his biggest fan at Narashino Country Club when he arrived to play the ZOZO Championship this week.

The popular Englishman revealed that he received a heartwarming letter from a young Japanese fan, Ryota Kato, which he shared on his Twitter page. When they first met, Fleetwood gave Ryota an autographed glove and the young man has never forgotten it.

Ryota’s presence at the ZOZO Championship this week as Fleetwood’s “wingman”, may have given him the boost he needed to get off to a strong start at Narashino Country Club. After struggling on Tour for most of last season, the 30-year old Englishman posted a 67 (-3) and stands tied for 6th after round one.

Ryota will be watching the next three rounds anxiously as his favorite professional golfer competes for the trophy. Maybe the young fan cheering him along is exactly what Tommy needs to finally get his first career PGA Tour win.

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Nelly Korda reveals her main swing thought and why she plays an ‘amateur’ driver

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Nelly Korda has had an incredibly successful 2021, winning her maiden major and then backing that up by taking Gold at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer.

Earlier this year, the 23-year-old switched to Titleist’s game improvement TSi1 driver. This week on the FAIRGAME podcast with Adam Scott, Korda revealed how a first-ever visit to the Titleist Performance Institute to get properly fitted was behind the switch.

“I actually went to TPI for the first time in my entire life this year. End of January. And I was using the old Epic driver, like a five-year-old driver, I couldn’t get fit for a driver at all. 

Then I went to TPI, and they fit me into their driver, which by the way, is an amateur driver (laughing). And they were like ‘This is the first time a pro has ever won with this driver'”

In addition to the club fitting, Korda added that a major key behind her success with the TSi1 driver is the aesthetics of the club: “I really like the look of it (TSi1 driver). I need to like the look of my clubs; if I don’t, then I can’t hit them.”

The Gold Medalist has one of the best looking swings in the sport, and stressed the importance of tempo while sharing her primary swing thought:

“My main thought in my swing, because it gets really long, is shoulder to chin. Once my shoulder hits my chin, then I start my downswing.”

The World Number One also made a surprising admission on the show, telling Scott how much she hates to hit the range. 

“I hate spending time on the range. I absolutely can’t stand it. I can spend maybe 45 minutes to an hour, but recently in the past year and a half, I’ve definitely been spending more time on my swing, especially recently.”

To listen to the interview in full, click here.

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