Ryder Cup Winners & Losers
Patrick Reed – What a weekend for Reed who became a fan favorite instantly with his great reactions after making big putts. I had a friend this summer tell me he didn’t really like Reed, and I said ‘Just wait until the Ryder Cup, he’ll be your favorite.’ Reed played some great golf including slaying the Rory McIlroy dragon on Sunday.
Brandt Snedeker – Underrated great effort from Brandt Snedeker all weekend. He didn’t lose a single point. Snedeker was nails tough all weekend, and he had his putter working which is always the key to Sneds’ success.
Thomas Pieters – The Belgian is going to be a great player. It wouldn’t surprise me if Pieters ended up with a major in the next two years. He looks legit as they come with his big hitter skills plus craftmanship around the green. Great captain pick’s for Darren Clarke. This will not be the last time we hear from Pieters in a Ryder Cup event.
Rafa Cabrera Bello – Another rookie who stepped up to the plate was Rafa Cabrera Bello. Hard to believe he’s 32 years old as Cabrera Bello displayed youthful exuberance. He did his best to give Europe a chance with the momentum-boosting halve of Jordan Spieth/Reed in the Saturday morning session then dominating J.B. Holmes on Sunday.
Phil Mickelson – He wrote checks that his ass ended up cashing in. Mickelson criticized the process of selecting a Ryder Cup team countless times during the last two years, and he finally gets paid off with a big U.S. victory. Mickelson also played very well especially on Sunday with his nine birdies which somehow only halved Sergio Garcia. It wouldn’t surprise me if Mickelson is back again in 2018.
Jordan Spieth – A poor year for Jordan Spieth continued at the Ryder Cup. He couldn’t bring home Saturday’s morning session with a putt on 17. The only reason him and Reed won on Saturday afternoon is Reed played out of his mind with Spieth struggling. Then Henrik Stenson bulldozed him with great iron play plus Spieth found the water late. He’s one of the more interesting storylines for 2017.
Lee Westwood – You hate to see Westwood fall apart in what might be his last Ryder Cup. Westwood missed so many close putts in the afternoon session on Saturday that cost Europe a match. Not to mention, he played so poorly on Friday that Clarke did what he could to hide him on the roster. Ryan Moore came back to close him out with big-time shots like his second on 16th which ultimately turned the match.
Darren Clarke/European Tour – Not the best effort by the captain. The picks he made with Pieters, Martin Kaymer, Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick didn’t particularly work out. Kaymer was dreadful like Westwood, and it seemed like the stage was too big for Fitzpatrick. Due to European Tour’s silly rules, Paul Casey, one of the hottest golfers in the world currently, was left off the team. That being said, there’s no excuse for putting Westwood, a close friend of Clarke’s, on the team.
Danny Willett -Not a great week for the Masters champ with his brother’s comments along with his poor performance. Willett lost all three matches including the worst ass-kicking of the weekend by Brooks Koepka.