Ryder Cup Team Stats Breakdown
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.
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.
|Player||Official World Ranking||Driving Distance||Driving Accuracy %||Greens in Regulation %||Putts Per Round||Scoring Average||Number of Past Appearances||Total Past Ryder Cup Points|
|Player||Official World Ranking||Driving Distance||Driving Accuracy||Greens in Regulation||Putts Per Round||Scoring Average||Number of Past Appearances||Total Past Ryder Cup Points|
|Rafa Cabrera Bello||29||290.8||64.29||69.93||29.91||69.864||0||0|