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.
Ryder Cup (5): 14-8-3
World Rank: 12th
RC Rank 1
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.
ROBERT BECK (WESTWOOD)
ROBERT BECK (KARLSSON)
ROBERT BECK (STENSON)
ROBERT BECK (HARRINGTON)
ROBERT BECK (CASEY)
PETER MUHLY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (HANSEN)
BRANDON MALONE/ACTIONIMAGES/ICON SMI (MCDOWELL)
SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES (WILSON)
JOHN BIEVER (JIMENEZ)
JOHN BIEVER (POULTER)
MIKE EHRMANN (GARCIA)
AL TIELEMANS (ROSE)