Ryder Cup: Player ratings


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Lee Westwood

Central to Europe's prospects despite a poor singles record. Binds group with endless banter and laser irons. 9/10

Luke Donald

Brings 100 per cent record in foursomes to Medinah. From 120 yards in there is no-one better on either side. 9

Sergio Garcia

Almost back to his best at an event that defines him. Keeps the flame of Seve alive with his love of the fight. 9

Rory McIlroy

A baby in Ryder Cup terms, but a beast of a golfer. The world No 1 in absolute command of all he surveys. 10

Graeme McDowell

The hero of Celtic Manor. Brilliant foil for McIlroy and a lethal putter. 8

Justin Rose

World No 5 enjoying best year of his career. Steady tee to green, running into form with putter. 8

Ian Poulter

Europe's attack dog. Inspires with adrenalin-fuelled engagemen. Gunslinger on the greens. 8

Peter Hanson

Quiet man of the team. Hits it long and straight. Unflappable temperament makes him a gift pairing.7

Francesco Molinari

Unerring tee to green. Playing without his brother Eduardo for company, but won't be short of partners. 6

Martin Kaymer

Showing signs of a return to form that took him to world No 1 last year. Hits it a mile and is a nerveless putter. 6

Paul Lawrie

Twice a winner this year, Lawrie has never played better. Won 3.5 points on debut in 1999. 8

Nicolas Colsaerts

Europe's secret weapon. Longest hitter on either side and tidy around the greens. 6

Total 94/120

United States

Tiger Woods

Fearsome consistency starting to return. But can he play the team man? He will have to if America are to win. 9

Phil Mickelson

A mixed bag this year. Won early then went missing before hitting his straps in the FedEx play-offs. 8

Bubba Watson

A golfing swing state. If he is on his game, he can take the match away from Europe. On the other hand... 9

Dustin Johnson

A serious asset with his length off the tee, great short game and physical presence. A talisman-in-the-making. 9

Steve Stricker

Perfect foil for Woods and fantastic putter. Spectacularly unspectacular in appearance and style. 8

Jim Furyk

Quiet man of the American team. Long hitter and unflappable. 6

Matt Kuchar

A taller version of Stricker without the putter. Super steady tee to green with a fantastic temperament. 7

Zach Johnson

The opposite of Kuchar. Not long or steady, but deadly with the putter.7

Jason Duffner

Hotter than July in mid-season with two wins and two seconds in five events. Off the boil lately. 6

Keegan Bradley

Like big D, could be game changer. Fantastic competitor, great attitude and goes for every pin. Mickelson loves this kid. 8

Webb Simpson

Europe are lucky he is out of season. On fire throughout 2011. Won first major at US Open this year. 7

Brandt Snedeker

America's crackerjack. Irreverent, fearless, funny and on form. Can sink a putt from a thousand paces. Enough said. 9

Total 93/120