Ryder Cup Team Stats Breakdown

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The Ryder Cup is in full swing, and the cross Atlantic duel is going to be a fun watch. The key to victory is assembling the ultimate dream team—and this year’s captains have stacked their deck with some heavy hitters. But which players are the most reliable? ausinformer.com has taken a look at some of the key players of the tournament, and where we hope to see them perform the best.

Ryder Cup team breakdown

Europe Edges Ahead

Breaking down the statistical categories available from the PGA, the European team is narrowly edging past the Americans with their overall rankings. Only clinching a higher average score in one more category. It seems like this Ryder Cup is too close to call ahead the matchups. Captains Clarke and Love have both recruited an excellent team with a variety of skills—but there are a few players that are boosting their team averages immensely.  

Driving it Home

It never hurts to start off strong, so having a consistently strong shot off the tee is crucial. For the Americans, Dustin Johnson (the highest ranked player for this Cup) is going the distance. With an average of 314.2 yards per drive, he is beating out Europe’s strongest contender, Rory McIlroy, by 8 yards (306.2). What’s even better for the Americans is that their second strongest driving average is still higher than McIlroy’s—JB Holmes is right behind Johnson at 313.3 yards.

However, Dustin Johnson may be bringing the distance, but accuracy is not that great. At 57.53% accuracy, Johnson is practically shooting blind compared to Europe’s Henrik Stenson—the only player in the tournament to have an accuracy above 70%. America’s strongest contender is Ryan Moore, who was Captain Davis Love III’s final pick for the squad—controversially beating out the favourite pick Bubba Watson.  

Different Strokes for Different Folks 

Having a good drive is crucial—but worthless if you can’t keep it up till the end. The two teams are actually tied at this point. By a single stroke, the Americans are looking better than the Europeans when it comes to being on the green, with Jordan Spieth leading the team with his 27.83 average putts per round.

Likewise, the Europeans are one stroke ahead when it comes to their fairway game. Henrik Stenson is helping boost the team average once again, reaching the green in regulation 72.10% of the time. 

Veteran War Dogs

Being neck and neck in their game play, what is it that is giving the Europeans an edge before the tournament?

The answer is: Experience! Although there are a lot of newbies on this year’s team, the European’s have two learned guns walking the course. Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia have seen 16 tournaments between them, and have scored more points in past tournaments than the entire American team combined!

However, it’ll be interesting to see if their experience alone is enough to carry the young European team—half of which has never played the tournament before. Even if the Americans don’t have as many long time players (except for Phil Mickelson), only two of their players are Ryder Cup Rookies. 

If you’re interested in seeing the full team breakdown, take a look at the tables below.

 

Team USA


Team Stats
PlayerOfficial World RankingDriving DistanceDriving Accuracy %Greens in Regulation %Putts Per RoundScoring AverageNumber of Past AppearancesTotal Past Ryder Cup Points
Dustin Johnson 2 314.2 57.53 67.74 28.46 69.174 2 4
Jordan Spieth 4 295.2 58.59 63.73 27.83 69.472 1 2.5
Patrick Reid 8 297.2 56.36 64.91 28.44 70.13 1 3.5
Rickie Fowler 9 301.6 58.69 69.26 29.16 70.118 2 2.5
Phil Mickelson 14 294.4 55.94 66.34 28.21 69.519 10 19
Jimmy Walker 16 300.8 48.77 64.39 28.72 70.303 1 2.5
Matt Kuchar 17 286 65.42 67.69 28.97 69.831 3 5
JB Holmes 21 313.3 52.09 65.48 28.86 70.445 1 2.5
Brooks Koepka 22 302.6 58.60 66.98 28.81 69.956 0 0
Brandt Snedeker 23 292.4 58.84 66.01 28.69 70.194 1 1
Zach Johnson 27 280.1 65.23 64.53 28.49 70.364 4 7
Ryan Moore 42 283.2 66.52 65.78 28.58 70.317 0 0

 

 

Team Europe


Team Stats
PlayerOfficial World RankingDriving DistanceDriving AccuracyGreens in RegulationPutts Per RoundScoring AverageNumber of Past AppearancesTotal Past Ryder Cup Points
Rory McIlroy 3 306.2 61.58 69.06 29.21 69.802 3 8
Henrik Stenson 5 291.7 70.47 72.10 29.65 69.828 3 6
Danny Willett 10 288.3 62.02 68.15 29.53 69.675 0 0
Justin Rose 11 303.9 57.90 67.92 29.58 70.148 3 10
Sergio Garcia 12 299.9 61.76 70.15 29.75 69.999 7 21
Rafa Cabrera Bello 29 290.8 64.29 69.93 29.91 69.864 0 0
Chris Wood 30 289.4 56.82 65.91 29.73 71.281 0 0
Thomas Pieters 39 295.8 58.48 63.19 29.13 71.664 0 0
Matthew Fitzpatrick 44 278.3 68.91 65.52 29.79 70.822 0 0
Lee Westwood 45 287.7 64.61 66.92 30.64 70.548 9 23
Andy Sullivan 48 285 63.29 64.51 29.56 70.974 0 0
Martin Kaymer 52 286.8 58.65 63.25 29.68 70.719 3 5.5

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