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  Monday, 30 September, 2002, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Ryder Cup ratings
The European team celebrate victory in the 2002 Ryder Cup
Europe beat USA by 15 to 12
BBC Sport Online rates the performances of every player at the 2002 Ryder Cup.


Europe

Name: Sam Torrance (captain)

Meticulous in his preparation, his master plan of his singles order won the Cup for Europe.

As Thomas Bjorn said: "We won the Ryder Cup off the course."

His infectious humour belied a steely resolve to get the job done and the mix of the two brought out the best in his players. Simply superb.

Name: Colin Montgomerie
Points: 4.5 from 5 matches

If Torrance was the leader off the course, Monty was the leader on the course. A doubt coming into the event because of his bad back, the Cup brought out the best in him.

He smiled, he joked but most of all he sunk birdies.

No-one else came closed to the 24 he managed over the three days and his lead-off performance in the singles set the tone for Europe's Sunday. Unbeaten.

Name: Bernhard Langer
Points: 3.5 from 4 matches

Montgomerie's partner for three matches, the 45-year-old proved a subtle foil for the Scot.

He hammered Hal Sutton in the singles to move to second in the list of Ryder Cup wins - one behind Nick Faldo.

His body may have been aching as the years caught up with him, but they don't come much tougher than the German. Unbeaten.

Name: Sergio Garcia
Points: 3 from 5 matches

Torrance may have been the circus master, but Garcia was the clown.

His boundless enthusiasm gelled with Lee Westwood and helped coax the best out of his partner.

Few were as passionate as he was about the desire for success.

What could have been a costly missed putt on Saturday afternoon and some poor shot selection in the singles were forgotten in the win. It's scary that he is only 22.

Name: Darren Clarke
Points: 2 from 5 matches

As much as Monty set the tone for Sunday, Clarke's three birdies in three holes in the opening match set the juggernaut rolling.

Europe's Darren Clarke
Clarke was superb on the opening day

The way he and Bjorn derailed Tiger Woods and Paul Azinger, despite the US pair going round in 63, instilled belief into the rest of the team.

He struggled to match that form in his other four matches, but still gained two valuable half points.

Name: Padraig Harrington
Points: 2 from 4 matches

The Irishman could not buy a putt on the opening day. Despite playing solidly he ended with two losses.

But rediscovered his touch with Monty to inflict the sole defeat on David Toms in Saturday's fourballs.

He was simply unstoppable on Sunday to demolish Mark Calcavecchia and put more of the vital blue on the board early.

Name: Thomas Bjorn
Points: 2 from 4 matches

Stunning start with Clarke before wilting.

He was exhausted by the end of day one and probably should have been rested on Saturday morning as his game went awry.

But the Dane dug deep in the singles and pulled off a vital win over the impressive Stewart Cink. A gutsy performer.

Name: Niclas Fasth
Points: 0.5 from 3 matches

His results - a half point earned from three matches do not do justice to how well the 29-year-old Swede played.

He thrived on the atmosphere and whipped the crowd into a frenzy with his expressive displays of emotions.

He was up for the challenge and only Paul Azinger's sensational bunker shot on the 18th denied him a singles win. Promising debut.

Name: Lee Westwood
Points: 3 from 5 matches

Came into the event with as much form as a three-legged horse, but left reborn.

He thrived in the company of his team-mates, especially Garcia, and was encouraged by a captain who believed in him.

Torrance said: "Class is forever, form can come and go."

Westwood won his first three games, but ended with two losses, including a collison with the in-form Scott Verplank. But still a man for a pressure situation.

Name: Paul McGinley
Points: 1 from 2 matches

Displayed an ice cool calm on the 18th to sink a tricky putt to win the Cup.

Paul McGinley
Paul McGinley sealed the victory for Europe

He was impressive in steering Clarke home for a half point on Saturday afternoon, and showed the same dogged determination to keep on the heels of Jim Furyk around 18 holes.

Like a homeless stray he refused to go away and no-one in the team was surprised when he made the pressure putt. His watery celebration said it all. Cool.

Name: Pierre Fulke
Points: 0.5 from 2 matches

Perceived as a weak link prior to the event, the Swede lifted his game to match the moment.

He and Phillip Price pushed USA's top pairing of Toms and Phil Mickelson all the way in Saturday's foursomes, before coming unstuck.

He gained confidence from that and was matching Davis Love III in his singles before it was halved prior to the 18th green.

A team man, he said he doubted whether a Major win would match winning the Ryder Cup.

Name: Phillip Price
Points: 1 from 2 matches

The Pontypridd rookie produced when it really mattered.

He had been solid in his Saturday match before his accuracy deserted him, but on Sunday he produced sheer quality to dispose of Mickelson.

He sunk five birdies and failed to make a bogey to leave the world number two floundering.

If anyone doubted his right to be a Ryder Cup player, let alone a hero, that result speaks for itself. Priceless.

Name: Jesper Parnevik
Points: 0.5 from 2 matches

A wretched run of form was cast aside as Europe's joker produced one last trick.

Beaten in fourballs on Saturday few gave him a chance against Tiger Woods. He may have given Woods his nanny but he refused to give him their match.

Behind the quirks was a golfer fighting for Europe and for his team. An essential team man and resolute until the last.


USA

Name: Curtis Strange (captain)

A gentleman and strong captain, Strange conducted himself with grace and dignity throughout.

He will always be remembered for having the biggest gun of all, Tiger Woods, languishing at the back of Sunday's singles field while the fireworks were being lit up front.

But his decision to load the bottom order in the event that it came down to the wire can only be faulted in hindsight - Torrance's ploy of sending off his best players first was not guaranteed to come off.

With the match level at 8-8 on Saturday evening, Strange and Torrance were equal.

And the American was only really undone by an inspired home side in front of a tidal wave of support.

Name: Tiger Woods
Points: 2.5 from 5 matches

The world number one scored 2.5 points out of five thanks to Saturday's foursomes and fourballs wins with Davis Love III, but he continues to under perform in the matchplay format.

USA's Tiger Woods
Woods: Not a team player

He lost both his matches on Friday, and put in a lacklustre singles performance on Sunday to halve with Jesper Parnevik, though by the end both knew the contest was over.

Despite his protestations to the contrary, Tiger is not really a team player.

Name: Phil Mickelson
Points: 2.5 from 5 matches

Won two, lost one and halved one in his formidable partnership with David Toms on the first two days.

But Mickelson will be haunted by his poor display in his 3&2 singles loss to Philip Price - a player 117 places below him in the world rankings.

Not the first time he has wilted under pressure when it mattered most.

Name: David Toms
Points: 3.5 from 5 matches

America's most impressive performer, Ryder Cup rookie Toms took to the competition like a natural and often looked the more accomplished partner in his pairing with Mickelson.

A total of 3.5 points from five tells its own story, and Toms was not fazed by knowing the US were relying on him to see off Sergio Garcia in the singles.

He went out and duly delivered their first point of the day.

Name: Davis Love III
Points: 2.5 from 4 matches

Turned out to be the ideal partner for Tiger Woods as they won both their matches on Saturday, and ended up agreeing to halve his contest with Pierre Fulke as they came up the 18th fairway after Europe had clinched the Cup.

A cool customer and a deep thinker about the game, Love is sure to figure prominently in the 2004 contest at Oak Hill, Michigan.

Name: Jim Furyk
Points: 2 from 5 matches

Normally one of the USA's most reliable competitors, Furyk was a touch overshadowed by his various European opponents and only managed one win, two halves and two losses.

Nearly kept America in the hunt at the 18th with a fabulous chip from the bunker which ran inches past the pin.

Won admiration for his fulsome tribute to Paul McGinley after they halved.

Name: Scott Verplank
Points: 2 from 3 matches

The only other US player to take two points, Verplank looked a tough, committed matchplay opponent, which former European number one Lee Westwood will concur with after Sunday's loss.

In fact, captain Curtis Strange may have reason to regret, with hindsight, that he did not play the Cup rookie from Oklahoma more than three times.

Name: David Duval
Points: 1.5 from 3 matches

Duval was not in form ahead of the Ryder Cup and it showed as he struggled to make much of an impact at The Belfry.

Played well as he and Mark Calcavecchia came back from three-down after seven holes to beat Parnevik and Fasth in Saturday's fourballs, but generally was some way off his intense best.

But the 2001 Open champion won further plaudits this side of the Atlantic with gracious sportsmanship.

And he belied his withdrawn persona by mixing freely with the European team.

Name: Mark Calcavecchia
Points: 1 from 3 matches

This may have been a Cup too far for the 42-year-old, whose fourball win with Duval was the only bright spot in his three matches.

Got hammered by Padraig Harrington 5&4 in their singles contest, and his bogey at the sixth, while the Irishman was making a birdie, summed up the gulf between them.

Name: Stewart Cink
Points: 1 from 3 matches

Got off to a winning start in Friday's foursomes as he and Jim Furyk beat Harrington and McGinley 3&2.

USA's Stewart Cink
Cink struggled on his Ryder Cup debut

But that was as good as it got for the US team's third Ryder Cup debutante.

He and Furyk lost on Saturday to Westwood and Garcia in the foursomes, and battled bravely before going down 2&1 to Thomas Bjorn in the singles.

Name: Hal Sutton
Points: 1 from 2 matches

So badly out of form going into this Ryder Cup that no-one expected him to do well, and he did not surprise.

The 46-year-old was perhaps unfortunate to meet the impressive Bernhard Langer in the singles and duly went down 4&3.

But he did help to earn the US a point when he and Verplank beat Clarke and Bjorn 2&1 in Friday's foursomes.

Name: Scott Hoch
Points: 0.5 from 4 matches

Had the misfortune to come against an inspired Colin Montgomerie not once or twice but three times in this Ryder Cup, losing on each occasion.

Hoch once said that he could not see what all the fuss was about where the Cup was concerned - Monty showed him how to play like it really means something.

But the often outspoken American was gracious in defeat on Sunday.

Name: Paul Azinger
Points: 0.5 from 2 matches

The 'Zinger will be best-remembered for his sensational holed chip from the bunker at the 18th on Sunday - a glorious shot which earned him a half against Niclas Fasth and kept the contest alive for a little longer.

Lost in tandem with Woods in Friday's opening fourballs to Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn.

Apparently had a lot to say at team meetings and, as he enters his mid-40s, may be a future Ryder Cup captain.

 VOTE RESULTS
Who was the star for Europe at The Belfry?

Paul McGinley
 7.00% 

Colin Montgomerie
 67.65% 

Phillip Price
 11.44% 

Sam Torrance
 13.91% 

28937 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
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