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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 23:46 GMT 00:46 UK
Ryder Cup Oscars
By John Mathews
BBC Sport at Oakland Hills

Another Ryder Cup goes by and yet another chapter is written in the event's great history, but aside from Europe's triumph, who were the real winners and losers?

Best player
Colin Montgomerie. The man who says he doesn't care about his personal Cup record, yet can reel off his stats at the drop of a hat. Still unbeaten in the singles and inspirational again. Special mentions also for Europe's top points scorers Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood.

Worst player
Phil Mickelson. Only Tiger Woods was ranked higher than Mickelson at the Ryder Cup, but Mickelson had an absolute shocker on the opening day - and a sleepless night after it.

Best captain
Got to be Bernhard Langer. Calm, assured and took care of absolutely everything. Shame he wasn't especially interesting, but he got the job done in style.

Best (value) captain
Hal Sutton. Not exactly a stand-up comedian, but funny as hell and not always because he meant to be. He will be missed when he goes back to the ranch.

Best shot
Many contenders, but Chris Riley's nine iron to within a foot of the flag at the par three 13th on Saturday shades it. So good it made a previously sulky Woods laugh out loud.

Worst shot
Sergio Garcia's shank on the 8th hole in the singles is a strong candidate, but Phil Mickelson's cosmically poor tee shot on the 18th in the Friday foursomes is unbeatable. Even you'd have been embarrassed.

Best putt
Garcia gets the nod - the 50-footer he sank on the 18th in Saturday's fourballs. People thought he was just messing about - then the ball disappeared into the cup sideways.

Worst putt
Frenchman Thomas Levet threw in a couple of selections here by missing tiddlers on Saturday. He can have the award and decide himself which one he won it for.

Best newcomer
Some strong contenders. European combination David Howell and Paul Casey made rookie history by winning together, but Luke Donald edges it with two-and-a-half points out of a possible four.

Best fist-pumper
Garcia was a bit on the excitable side again, but America's Chris DiMarco wins it by a 'Hell, yeah!' mile. If he did that kind of thing over in the UK he wouldn't last five minutes.

Biggest let-down
"I'm Tiger Woods." He might be a superstar, but when it comes to the Ryder Cup he plays like a journeyman pro.





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