Paper Tigers

March 29, 2004

Since 1987, when the World Ranking could first be employed to
compare Ryder Cup teams, the U.S. has had a much better average
ranking--and was thus heavily favored--in every match. The actual
competition, though, has been almost dead even, with Europe
holding a 4-3-1 advantage.

2002 EUROPE 15 1/2 * U.S. 12 1/2

Rank Europe W L T W L T U.S. Rank

5 Garcia 3 2 0 2 2 1 Woods 1
9 Harrington 2 2 0 2 2 1 Mickelson 2
17 Montgomerie 4 0 1 3 1 1 Toms 6
19 Clarke 1 2 2 2 1 1 Love 7
27 Langer 3 0 1 1 2 2 Furyk 10
32 Fasth 0 2 1 1 1 1 Duval 12
35 Bjorn 2 2 0 2 1 0 Verplank 28
61 Parnevik 0 1 1 0 3 0 Hoch 30
71 McGinley 0 1 2 2 1 0 Calcavecchia 42
88 Fulke 0 1 1 0 1 1 Azinger 51
119 Price 1 1 0 1 2 0 Cink 59
148 Westwood 3 2 0 1 1 0 Sutton 125
AVERAGE RANK: 52.58 AVERAGE RANK: 31.08

1999 U.S. 14 1/2 * Europe 13 1/2

Rank Europe W L T W L T U.S. Rank

3 Montgomerie 3 1 1 2 3 0 Woods 1
6 Westwood 2 3 0 1 2 1 Duval 2
16 Parnevik 3 1 1 1 0 3 Love 3
19 Clarke 2 3 0 0 2 1 Stewart 7
24 Olazabal 1 0 2 0 2 0 O'Meara 9
28 Garcia 3 1 1 2 2 0 Mickelson 11
39 Jimenez 1 2 2 0 1 3 Leonard 12
49 Lawrie 3 1 1 1 2 0 Furyk 14
65 Sandelin 0 1 0 3 1 1 Sutton 15
69 Coltart 0 1 0 2 2 0 Maggert 20
88 Harrington 1 1 1 2 1 0 Lehman 23
89 Van de Velde 0 1 0 2 1 0 S. Pate 32
AVERAGE RANK: 41.25 AVERAGE RANK: 12.41

1997 EUROPE 14 1/2 * U.S. 13 1/2

Rank Europe W L T W L T U.S. Rank

5 Montgomerie 3 1 1 1 3 1 Woods 1
15 Faldo 2 3 0 1 1 2 Lehman 6
17 Parnevik 1 1 2 1 1 2 Mickelson 7
19 Langer 3 1 0 0 4 0 Love 9
22 Woosnam 1 1 0 2 2 0 O'Meara 10
30 Clarke 1 1 0 0 2 2 Leonard 11
31 Westwood 2 3 0 2 2 0 Couples 12
40 Johansson 2 0 0 2 0 1 Hoch 14
52 Rocca 3 1 0 1 2 0 Faxon 16
56 Olazabal 2 2 1 1 2 0 Furyk 21
64 Bjorn 1 0 1 2 1 0 Maggert 26
78 Garrido 0 1 3 2 1 0 Janzen 37
AVERAGE RANK: 35.75 AVERAGE RANK: 14.16

1995 EUROPE 14 1/2 * U.S. 13 1/2

Rank Europe W L T W L T U.S. Rank

3 Faldo 2 3 0 4 1 0 Pavin 7
4 Langer 2 3 0 2 1 1 Couples 8
6 Montgomerie 2 3 0 2 1 0 Lehman 12
14 Ballesteros 1 2 0 3 2 0 Love 17
22 Woosnam 1 1 1 3 1 0 Roberts 18
23 Torrance 3 2 0 3 0 0 Mickelson 19
33 Rocca 3 2 0 1 2 0 Jacobsen 22
56 Gilford 3 1 0 0 3 0 Crenshaw 24
58 James 1 1 0 1 2 0 Faxon 25
63 Johansson 1 2 0 2 2 0 Maggert 32
70 Clark 1 1 0 1 3 0 Haas 34
107 Walton 1 1 0 0 3 0 Strange 64
AVERAGE RANK: 38.25 AVERAGE RANK: 23.50

1993 U.S. 15 * Europe 13

Rank Europe W L T W L T U.S. Rank
1 Faldo 2 1 2 0 3 2 Azinger 5
3 Langer 2 2 0 0 3 2 Couples 6
7 Woosnam 4 0 1 2 2 0 Kite 10
8 Olazabal 2 3 0 2 2 0 Love 11
16 Montgomerie 3 1 1 1 1 0 Cook 12
22 Ballesteros 2 2 0 3 2 0 Pavin 13
30 James 0 3 0 3 1 0 Stewart 14
37 Rocca 0 2 0 0 2 0 Janzen 21
44 Torrance 0 1 1 3 1 0 Floyd 23
48 Lane 0 3 0 2 0 0 Beck 24
57 Haeggman 1 1 0 2 1 0 Gallagher 60
70 Baker 3 1 0 2 1 1 Wadkins 61
AVERAGE RANK: 28.58 AVERAGE RANK: 21.66

1991 U.S. 14 1/2 * Europe 13 1/2

Rank Europe W L T W L T U.S. Rank

1 Woosnam 1 3 0 2 1 1 Stewart 6
2 Olazabal 3 1 1 2 3 0 Azinger 7
3 Faldo 1 3 0 3 1 1 Couples 9
5 Ballesteros 4 0 1 2 1 1 Irwin 10
8 Langer 1 1 1 3 1 1 Wadkins 14
36 Montgomerie 1 1 1 1 1 1 O'Meara 15
38 Richardson 2 2 0 1 2 0 Pavin 16
39 Feherty 1 1 1 1 2 0 Beck 18
40 Torrance 0 2 1 2 1 1 Calcavecchia 20
50 James 2 3 0 0 1 1 S. Pate 27
97 Broadhurst 2 0 0 0 2 0 Levi 29
112 Gilford 0 2 1 2 2 0 Floyd 43
AVERAGE RANK: 35.91 AVERAGE RANK: 17.83

1989 EUROPE 14 * U.S. 14

Rank Europe W L T W L T U.S. Rank

2 Ballesteros 3 1 1 3 1 1 Strange 4
3 Faldo 2 2 1 2 3 0 Calcavecchia 6
6 Woosnam 2 2 1 2 1 1 Kite 7
9 Olazabal 4 0 1 1 3 0 Stewart 9
20 Langer 0 3 0 3 1 0 Azinger 10
28 Rafferty 1 2 0 3 0 1 Beck 12
34 James 3 1 0 0 2 0 Couples 14
42 Brand 1 2 0 2 1 0 McCumber 17
55 Canizares 1 0 1 0 1 1 Watson 18
64 Torrance 1 2 0 2 2 0 Green 19
68 O'Connor 1 1 0 0 2 0 O'Meara 25
70 Clark 2 2 0 2 2 0 Wadkins 26
AVERAGE RANK: 32.58 AVERAGE RANK: 13.91

1987 EUROPE 15 * U.S. 13

Rank Europe W L T W L T U.S. Rank

2 Ballesteros 4 1 0 2 3 0 Strange 4
3 Langer 3 1 1 2 2 0 Stewart 5
9 Lyle 3 1 0 1 2 0 Wadkins 6
16 Woosnam 3 1 1 1 1 2 Mize 10
22 Faldo 3 1 1 0 3 0 Crenshaw 11
38 Olazabal 3 2 0 1 1 0 Simpson 14
42 Clark 1 1 0 2 1 2 Sutton 18
44 Brand 1 2 1 3 2 0 Kite 19
50 Torrance 0 1 1 1 2 0 Pohl 21
67 Brown 0 2 0 1 1 0 Calcavecchia 30
73 Rivero 1 2 0 2 1 0 Bean 34
111 Darcy 1 1 0 0 1 3 Nelson 36
AVERAGE RANK: 39.75 AVERAGE RANK: 17.33

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)