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Last Updated: Monday, 20 September, 2004, 00:17 GMT 01:17 UK
Ryder Cup ratings
The Ryder Cup has no respect for golfing reputation and repeatedly leaves superstars struggling to pick up valuable points - just ask Tiger Woods.

While some men prosper in the biennial battle between the USA and Europe, others panic in the red-hot atmosphere.

For every Luke Donald, a resilient rookie performing beyond expectation, there is a Phil Mickelson.

Here BBC Sport rates the two captains and 24 players from the 2004 match at Oakland Hills with marks out of 10.

USA
Hal Sutton
Conducted himself well but plan to pair Woods with Mickelson backfired. Was unable to turn the tide and resembled King Canute sinking to defeat.

Chad Campbell
Match points: 1/3
Has earned the tag of Mr Consistent on Tour but was consistently outplayed here. Big victory over Donald redeemed him.

Stewart Cink
Match points: 1/4
A questionable wildcard choice but played as well as any American on show and picked up the scalp of Harrington/Montgomerie.

Chris DiMarco
Match points: 2/4
Won his captain's admiration for his tub-thumping celebrations in winning a point on the first day. America's top-scorer.

Fred Funk
Match points: 0/3
One of the first players to have corrective laser eye surgery but must have been seeing double in Detroit after the thumping he took.

Jim Furyk
Match points: 1/4
Back from injury but never really got in the swing of things and another big name that failed to fire. Thrashed Howell in the singles as consolation.

Jay Haas
Match points: 1/4
Enjoying an Indian summer in his career but the 50-year-old's experience was no match for Europe's youthful vigour.

Davis Love III
Match points: 1/5
Another supposed totem of the team who was toppled. Never on top form and suffered heavy reverses in fourballs and foursomes.

Phil Mickelson
Match points: 1/4
Looked lost. Changing clubs changed his game with crushing results from an American perspective. Was woeful with Woods.

Kenny Perry
Match points: 0/2
The forgotten man of the team. Sidelined by Sutton after working well with Cink to push Garcia and Donald close in foursomes on Friday.

Chris Riley
Match points: 1/3
Bagged five birdies and put a smile on Tiger's face when they played and won together in fourballs but refused to play foursomes.

David Toms
Match points: 1/3
Was the USA's star performer in 2002, but he is now on the wane and failed to find that matchplay magic. No more than a bit-part role.

Tiger Woods
Match points: 2/5
Beware the wounded Tiger they said but he was more pussy cat than panther. His singular approach is only suited to strokeplay.

EUROPE
Bernhard Langer
The meticulous mastermind behind a magical victory. The German's tactics, selections and demeanour helped foster a winning team spirit.

Paul Casey
Match points: 1/2
Holed a vital winning putt on 18 to help stop the home revival in Saturday's fourballs and volunteered to lead out the singles.

Darren Clarke
Match points: 3/5
He lit up the first morning with fellow cigar fan Jimenez and was smoking from there-on in, particularly with Westwood.

Luke Donald
Match points: 2/4
A cool hand in the tinder-hot atmosphere. Justified wildcard selection but ran out of steam against Campbell in the singles.

Sergio Garcia
Match points: 4/5
The new Seve. Like his countryman he has exuberance and enthusiasm that inspires those around him - as well as himself.

Padraig Harrington
Match points: 4/5
Buoyed by a pre-event win on Tour, Harrington was a rock in the European team and looks set to take over Monty's mantle as Europe's on-course captain.

David Howell
Match points: 1/2
Faced a Furyk backlash on Sunday but was calmness personified in Saturday fourballs and win on the last with Casey was crucial.

Miguel Angel Jimenez
Match points: 1/4
Has a look of the mafiosi and brutally picked off a point in opening fourballs with Clarke. Deserved a better return thereafter.

Thomas Levet
Match points: 1/3
Added to the bonhomie of the European squad and always played with a smile which got broader with a first point in the singles.

Paul McGinley
Match points: 2/3
He worked tirelessly to qualify but still had enough left in the tank to make an impact. A job well done from a spirited player.

Colin Montgomerie
Match points: 3/4
The biennial battle brings out the best in Monty. Lost his first match since 1999 but was a key catalyst and holed the winning putt.

Ian Poulter
Match points: 1/2
Pitched into the action on Saturday after sitting out Friday. The rookie struggled on his debut but made amends in the singles.

Lee Westwood
Match points: 4/5
The perfect team man and an ideal foil for Garcia in the fourballs and Clarke in the foursomes. One of four European ever-presents.





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