Making the Grade

October 08, 2012

FINAL RECORDS AND MARKS FOR THE U.S. AND EUROPEAN RYDER CUP TEAMS

U.S.

KEEGAN BRADLEY

3-1-0

America's newest superstar mixes Paul Azinger's passion with Ray Floyd's evil stare.

A

JASON DUFNER

3-1-0

Quiet Assassin puts hit on several Euros without mussing his hair. Or combing it.

A-

JIM FURYK

1-2-0

Mentored Sneds to key win, but last-hole bogey caused singles loss that contributed to U.S. loss.

D-

DUSTIN JOHNSON

3-0-0

Made one big, crucial putt on Saturday. Won one big crucial point on Sunday.

A

ZACH JOHNSON

3-1-0

Tougher than you think. Huge singles win. Seriously, don't mess with Iowa.

A

MATT KUCHAR

2-1-0

Dynamic duo with DJ but couldn't handle Westwood when it mattered on Sunday.

B+

PHIL MICKELSON

3-1-0

Nobody had more fun than Phil—until Rose stole a point with a Mongolian Reversal in singles.

A-

WEBB SIMPSON

2-2-0

Made a dozen birdies while pretending to let Bubba coach him.

B

BRANDT SNEDEKER

1-2-0

Tour Championship win? $11.4 million. First Ryder Cup point? Priceless.

C-

STEVE STRICKER

0-4-0

Goat Cheesehead goes in the books as the guy who cost U.S. the Cup. Not gouda.

F

BUBBA WATSON

2-2-0

Extra credit for defying tradition by demanding cheering in the backswing.

B-

TIGER WOODS

0-3-1

As usual, too much Hyde and not enough Jekyll during a winless week. It's a process.

D+

DAVIS LOVE III

Resting Bradley and Mickelson, for which Love will be forever second-guessed, came back to bite him.

C

EUROPE

NICOLAS COLSAERTS

1-3-0

Annointed a star after career putting round, lost crucial singles match to DJ.

C+

LUKE DONALD

2-2-0

Not his best week by a long shot but got the Great Rally going on Sunday.

B+

SERGIO GARCIA

2-2-0

Some flashes of his old fire. Beat Tiger twice and outlasted Furyk for big point late.

B

PETER HANSON

0-2-0

Tell us again why only eight men play in each session? He didn't get much of a chance.

D

MARTIN KAYMER

1-1-0

Made the putt that won the Ryder Cup—and nothing else matters.

A+

PAUL LAWRIE

1-2-0

Scored one of Europe's three singles wins in '99 disaster; Ryder encore was much better.

C+

GRAEME MCDOWELL

1-3-0

Irish superduo fell flat when GMac played more like GHack.

C-

RORY MCILROY

3-2-0

Rallied from FedEx fatigue. Almost missed tee time but pulled out big win on Sunday.

B+

FRANCESCO MOLINARI

0-2-1

Gave Tiger all he could handle in Cup finale as Euro hopes rose.

C+

IAN POULTER

4-0-0

Superstud birdies last five holes of key four-ball match; wins singles showdown. Seve lives!

A+

JUSTIN ROSE

3-2-0

Only player other than Rory to go all five matches. Take that, Mickelson!

A-

LEE WESTWOOD

2-2-0

Erases dismal week by coming up huge in singles. All is forgiven, Westy.

B+

JOSÉ MARIA OLAZABAL

He's a big believer in fate—and the magic of Seve.

A

TWO PHOTOSPhotographs by ROBERT BECK

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