Ryder Cup 2014: The Stats
The victorious TEAM EUROPE captain Paul McGinley celebrates the win with his team players and some Moet champagne. Picture from: www.independent.co.u
We’re not ready to leave the Ryder Cup yet!
Mickleson successfully shifted all the focus onto himself, the US team and Watson’s captaincy, but the performances of the European players deserve recognition:
Overall TEAM EUROPE shot 110 under par compared to the TEAM USA 75 under, or thereabouts. Team Europe clearly performed better throughout the event.
In the singles alone: TEAM EUROPE shot 50 under par, compared to the TEAM USA’S players shooting 33 under.
Jamie Donaldson of Wales enjoys a champagne moment to celebrate his victory in the singles which confirmed TEA EUROPE as the 2014 Ryder Cup champions. Picture from: www.pressherald.com
Even TEAM EUROPE’s players who lost their singles: Lee Westwood, Stephen Gallacher and Thomas Bjorn – shot 5, 3 and1 under respectively, which is hardly poor golf by any professional’s level of play.
The standard of golf in the singles was mouth-watering with Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker both coming in at 8 under; Justin Rose shot 7 under; Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickleson, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia all played immaculate golf posting rounds of 6 under. Only Jordan Speith from TEAM USA was over par. Even Web Simpson who Tom Watson is being criticized for selecting shot a 69 in his final singles game!
Mickelson may be right on leadership style – but that can only partially explain a difference of over 30% in shots hit.
The Ryder Cup is primarily about sportsmanship – so what’s wrong with leaving it at: “Well done chaps, you were too good this time.”