Europe

September 15, 2008

How do the U.S. and European teams stack up when it comes to the blocking and tackling of golf—long driving, finding the fairway, hitting greens in regulation and holing putts? To find out, we added up each player's rank on his respective tour in those categories and divided by four. We took that number and, from lowest total to highest, listed the 24 Ryder Cuppers from one to 24. Voil√†! The Ryder Cup Rank. (For Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter, members of both tours, we combined their U.S. and Euro totals and divided by two.) Players are listed by Ryder Cup Rank.

Lee Westwood
England
Age: 35
Ryder Cup (5): 14-8-3
World Rank: 12th

RC Rank 1

Driving Yds. 286.4 108th
Fairways Pct. 64.06% 87th
GIR Pct. 61.85% 148th
Putting Avg. 1.826 186th

Though he's known as a good ball striker, Rose hasn't had his best year in '08. He's losing tee shots left, and his iron play is off, especially from 150 yards and in, which explains why he ranks a pathetic 201st on the PGA Tour in birdies per round. Rose has not been a strong closer. Several meltdowns in majors raise questions about whether he can handle pressure.

Photo galleries from every session of the Ryder Cup at GOLF.com.

PHOTOROBERT BECK (WESTWOOD) PHOTOROBERT BECK (KARLSSON) PHOTOROBERT BECK (STENSON) PHOTOROBERT BECK (HARRINGTON) PHOTOROBERT BECK (CASEY) PHOTOPETER MUHLY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (HANSEN) PHOTOBRANDON MALONE/ACTIONIMAGES/ICON SMI (MCDOWELL) PHOTOSCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES (WILSON) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (JIMENEZ) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (POULTER) PHOTOMIKE EHRMANN (GARCIA) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (ROSE) PHOTO

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