2012 Ryder Cup

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39th Ryder Cup Matches
RyderCup2012Logo.svg
Dates   September 28–30, 2012
Venue   Medinah Country Club
Course No. 3
Location   Medinah, Illinois
Captains   Davis Love III (USA)
José María Olazábal (Europe)
United States   13½    14½   Europe
Europe wins the Ryder Cup

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Medinah CC is located in United States
Medinah CC
Medinah CC
Location in the United States

The 39th Ryder Cup was held September 28–30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, U.S.[1] This was the first time that the Ryder Cup was held in Illinois. Europe went into the competition as the cup holders, having defeated the United States 14½ points to 13½ in 2010.[2] The team captains were Davis Love III for the U.S.[3] and José María Olazábal for Europe.[4]

At the start of the final day's play, the U.S. led 10–6 and required 4½ points to win; Europe required 8 points to retain the cup and 8½ to win it outright. Europe achieved one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history by winning eight and tying one of the 12 singles matches. Martin Kaymer's five-foot putt on the 18th hole to defeat Steve Stricker took the score to 14–13, allowing Europe to retain the cup with one match still in progress. Tiger Woods missed a putt on the final green and conceded the hole to Francesco Molinari, halving the final point and securing outright victory for the European team, 14½–13½. The victory was Europe's fifth in the last six contests.[5] The European captain Olazábal dedicated the victory to the late Seve Ballesteros.[6] The European turnaround was nicknamed the "Miracle at Medinah" by European media covering the event.[7][8]

Format[edit]

Main article: Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was:[9]

  • Day 1 (Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in the morning session and 4 fourball (better ball) matches in the afternoon session
  • Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 foursome matches in the morning session and 4 fourball matches in the afternoon session
  • Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches

On the first two days there were 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches, with the home captain choosing which were played in the morning and which in the afternoon.

With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending champion to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.

Course[edit]

Main article: Medinah Country Club
Clubhouse at Medinah Country Club in 2008

As part of its 2012 preparations, Medinah commissioned a $1.5 million greens renovation project on their Course No. 3, led by golf course architect Rees Jones. The project included a dramatic redesign of the 15th hole.[10]

The redesigned 15th offers players with a 'risk-reward' opportunity with a driveable par-four by reducing its length by 100 yards and adding a two-acre lake that borders the right side of the fairway and green. The forward tee allows the hole to be set up as short as 280 yards. The original tee area of 392 yards from the championship tees will be preserved to provide the club with flexibility in course set-up.

Jones, who has overseen all architectural design aspects of Medinah's three golf courses since 2000, moved the 15th green to the left (south), which made way for the creation of a new back tee for the 16th hole. The tree-lined par-four now measures 15 yards longer – playing approximately 470 yards from the championship tees.

The major greens renovation took place on eleven of Course No. 3's original 18 greens and its main putting green, which was rebuilt to USGA specifications. Course No. 3's other six greens were re-grassed and the 15th green rebuilt.[1]

Medinah's Course No. 3 has hosted multiple major championships. The U.S. Open has been held at the course three times: 1949 (won by Cary Middlecoff), 1975 (Lou Graham), and 1990 (Hale Irwin). Tiger Woods has won both PGA Championships held at the course (1999 and 2006). Gary Player won the U.S. Senior Open in 1988.

Before the 2012 Ryder Cup, Europe players Lee Westwood and Sergio García criticised the course, particularly for its lack of rough, trees and other hazards. García said: "There's not a lot of thinking when you get on the tee. You can pretty much hit it nice and hard and, even if you miss, pretty much every time you'll have a shot."[11]

The course measures 7,657 yards (7,002 m) off the 'gold' tees.[12]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 433 192 412 463 536 509 617 201 432 3,795 578 440 476 245 609 390 482 193 449 3,862 7,657
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 36 72

Television[edit]

All matches were covered live in the United States. ESPN handled Friday coverage. Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger hosted from the 18th tower, with Curtis Strange and Sean McDonough calling holes, and on-course reporters Andy North, Bill Kratzert and Judy Rankin. Scott Van Pelt hosted recaps during coverage. On Saturday, Golf Channel covered the first half-hour of the morning matches with Kelly Tilghman, Brandel Chamblee and Nick Faldo. NBC covered the remainder of the weekend action, with Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller hosting from the 18th tower, Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen calling holes, and on-course reporters Mark Rolfing, Roger Maltbie, and Dottie Pepper. To bring a European perspective to the telecasts, former European Ryder Cup player Colin Montgomerie was utilized as a guest analyst by NBC on Saturday. NBC had previously used guest analysts for the Ryder Cup in 1999, 2002, and 2006

The matches were covered live in Europe by Sky Sports, with the BBC screening highlights later.

Team qualification and selection[edit]

Europe Europe[edit]

The European team qualification rules changed after the 2010 contest. The European Points List took precedence over the World Points List, while the captain's picks were reduced from 3 to 2 with the top 5 players in the World Points List now qualifying rather than the top 4. The team consisted of:[13][14]

  • The leading five players on the Ryder Cup European Points List
  • The leading five players, not qualified above, on the Ryder Cup World Points List
    • Total World Rankings Points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events from September 1, 2011, to August 20, 2012, and thereafter in the 2012 Johnnie Walker Championship only
  • Two captain's picks
    • The two captain's picks were announced on Monday, August 27, the day after the completion of the Johnnie Walker Championship. Olazábal chose Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter. Colsaerts became the first player from Belgium to play in the Ryder Cup.

Only members of the European Tour could earn points in the above two lists. They could be full or affiliate members and must have also satisfied (or to be planning to satisfy) their membership obligations. Martin Laird did not become an affiliate member until 2012 and so his performances in 2011 were not counted.[15] Carl Pettersson was not a member of the European Tour and was therefore not considered.[16]

The leading players in the Ryder Cup European points were:[14]

Position Name Points
1 Rory McIlroy 4,050,288
2 Justin Rose 2,602,910
3 Paul Lawrie 2,384,837
4 Graeme McDowell 2,375,790
5 Francesco Molinari 2,112,452
6 Peter Hanson 2,022,431
7 Luke Donald 1,885,170

Players in the qualifying places are shown in green.

The leading players in the Ryder Cup World points list were:[14]

Position Name Points
1 Rory McIlroy 468.81
2 Luke Donald 363.46
3 Justin Rose 322.33
4 Lee Westwood 280.27
5 Graeme McDowell 262.62
6 Paul Lawrie 211.49
7 Sergio García 200.85
8 Francesco Molinari 191.25
9 Peter Hanson 189.32
10 Martin Kaymer 172.26
11 Ian Poulter 171.64
12 Nicolas Colsaerts 161.67

Players in the qualifying places are shown in green. Captains picks are shown in yellow.

United States United States[edit]

The United States qualification rules remained the same as for 2010 and the team consisted of:[17]

  • The leading eight players on the Ryder Cup Points List[18]
    • Points were gained from money earned in majors in 2011 and official PGA Tour events in 2012 through the PGA Championship on August 12. One point is awarded for every $1,000 earned. Money earned in 2012 majors count double and money earned in 2012 alternate events (those played opposite the majors or World Golf Championships) count half.
  • Four captain's picks
    • Announced on September 4, the four captain's picks were Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.
Position Name 2011
Majors
2012
Majors
Regular
events
Alternate
events
Points
1 Tiger Woods 330.667 1452.717 4230.800 0 6014.184
2 Bubba Watson 153.617 3286.659 2374.778 0 5815.054
3 Jason Dufner 865.000 892.530 3939.772 0 5697.302
4 Keegan Bradley 1445.000 999.095 3107.111 0 5551.206
5 Webb Simpson 219.868 2932.800 1482.832 0 4635.500
6 Zach Johnson 156.821 446.878 3887.845 0 4491.544
7 Matt Kuchar 265.131 1154.572 3029.239 0 4448.942
8 Phil Mickelson 847.143 874.686 2511.279 0 4233.108
9 Hunter Mahan 81.214 560.441 3440.573 0 4082.228
10 Steve Stricker 541.075 855.146 2618.848 0 4015.069

Players in the qualifying places are shown in green. Captains picks are shown in yellow.

Teams[edit]

Captains[edit]

The team captains were Davis Love III for the USA and José María Olazábal for Europe.

Vice-captains[edit]

Each captain selected four vice-captains to assist him during the tournament.

Love named the first two USA vice-captains in June 2012 and announced the other two after the PGA Championship.[19]

Fred Couples Mike Hulbert Jeff Sluman Scott Verplank

Olazábal named three of his vice-captains on August 16.[20] The fourth vice-captain was announced on August 25.[21]

Thomas Bjørn Darren Clarke Paul McGinley Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Players[edit]

United States Team USA
Name Age Residence Points
rank
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Davis Love III 48 St. Simons Island, Georgia Non-playing captain
Tiger Woods 36 Jupiter Island, Florida 1 2 6 29 13–14–2 48.28
Bubba Watson 33 Scottsdale, Arizona 2 7 1 4 1–3–0 25.00
Jason Dufner 35 Auburn, Alabama 3 9 0 Rookie
Keegan Bradley 26 Jupiter, Florida 4 14 0 Rookie
Webb Simpson 27 Charlotte, North Carolina 5 8 0 Rookie
Zach Johnson 36 St. Simons Island, Georgia 6 17 2 7 3–3–1 50.00
Matt Kuchar 34 St. Simons Island, Georgia 7 15 1 4 1–1–2 50.00
Phil Mickelson 42 Rancho Santa Fe, California 8 16 8 34 11–17–6 41.18
Steve Stricker 45 Madison, Wisconsin 10 12 2 7 3–3–1 50.00
Jim Furyk 42 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 11 23 7 27 8–15–4 37.04
Brandt Snedeker 31 Nashville, Tennessee 13 10 0 Rookie
Dustin Johnson 28 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 15 13 1 4 1–3–0 25.00

Captains picks are shown in yellow; the world rankings and records are at the start of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Europe Team Europe
Name Age Residence Points rank
(European)
Points rank
(World)
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Spain José María Olazábal 46 Hondarribia, Spain Non-playing captain
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 23 Holywood, Northern Ireland 1 1 1 1 4 1–1–2 50.00
England Justin Rose 32 London, England 2 3 5 1 4 3–1–0 75.00
Scotland Paul Lawrie 43 Aberdeen, Scotland 3 6 28 1 5 3–1–1 70.00
Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell 33 Portrush, Northern Ireland 4 5 18 2 8 4–2–2 62.50
Italy Francesco Molinari 29 Turin, Italy 5 8 31 1 3 0–2–1 16.67
England Luke Donald 34 High Wycombe, England 7 2 3 3 11 8–2–1 77.27
England Lee Westwood 39 Worksop, England 10 4 4 7 33 16–11–6 57.58
Spain Sergio García 32 Borriol, Spain 13 7 19 5 24 14–6–4 66.67
Sweden Peter Hanson 34 Trelleborg, Sweden 6 9 25 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
Germany Martin Kaymer 27 Mettmann, Germany 8 10 32 1 4 2–1–1 62.50
Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts 29 Brussels, Belgium 9 12 35 0 Rookie
England Ian Poulter 36 Milton Keynes, England 17 11 26 3 11 8–3–0 72.73

Captains picks are shown in yellow; the world rankings and records are at the start of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Friday's matches[edit]

[22]

Morning foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
McIlroy/McDowell Europe 1 up Furyk/Snedeker
Donald/García United States 4 & 3 Mickelson/Bradley
Westwood/Molinari United States 3 & 2 Dufner/Z. Johnson
Poulter/Rose Europe 2 & 1 Stricker/Woods
2 Session 2
2 Overall 2

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

Match 3 (Rose/Kaymer v. D. Johnson/Kuchar) started after Match 4 (Westwood/Colsaerts v. Woods/Stricker). The table below reflects the official order.

Europe Results United States
Lawrie/Hanson United States 5 & 4 Watson/Simpson
McIlroy/McDowell United States 2 & 1 Mickelson/Bradley
Rose/Kaymer United States 3 & 2 D. Johnson/Kuchar
Westwood/Colsaerts Europe 1 up Woods/Stricker
1 Session 3
3 Overall 5

Saturday's matches[edit]

[23]

Morning foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Rose/Poulter Europe 1 up Watson/Simpson
Westwood/Donald United States 7 & 6 Bradley/Mickelson
Colsaerts/García United States 2 & 1 Dufner/Z. Johnson
McIlroy/McDowell United States 1 up Furyk/Snedeker
1 Session 3
4 Overall 8

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

Match 1 (Colsaerts/Lawrie v. D. Johnson/Kuchar) started after Match 2 (Rose/Molinari v. Watson/Simpson). The table below reflects the official order.

Europe Results United States
Colsaerts/Lawrie United States 1 up D. Johnson/Kuchar
Rose/Molinari United States 5 & 4 Watson/Simpson
García/Donald Europe 1 up Woods/Stricker
McIlroy/Poulter Europe 1 up Dufner/Z. Johnson
2 Session 2
6 Overall 10

Sunday's singles matches[edit]

[24]

Europe Results United States Timetable
Luke Donald Europe 2 & 1 Bubba Watson 1st: 7 – 10
Ian Poulter Europe 2 up Webb Simpson 4th: 10 – 10
Rory McIlroy Europe 2 & 1 Keegan Bradley 3rd: 9 – 10
Justin Rose Europe 1 up Phil Mickelson 6th: 11 – 11
Paul Lawrie Europe 5 & 3 Brandt Snedeker 2nd: 8 – 10
Nicolas Colsaerts United States 3 & 2 Dustin Johnson 5th: 10 – 11
Graeme McDowell United States 2 & 1 Zach Johnson 7th: 11 – 12
Sergio García Europe 1 up Jim Furyk 9th: 13 – 12
Peter Hanson United States 2 up Jason Dufner 10th: 13 – 13
Lee Westwood Europe 3 & 2 Matt Kuchar 8th: 12 – 12
Martin Kaymer Europe 1 up Steve Stricker 11th: 14 – 13
Francesco Molinari halved Tiger Woods 12th: 14½ – 13½
Session
14½ Overall 13½

Individual player records[edit]

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.

Source: [25]

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Keegan Bradley 3 3–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Jason Dufner 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–1–0
Jim Furyk 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
Dustin Johnson 3 3–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 2–0–0
Zach Johnson 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–1–0
Matt Kuchar 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 2–0–0
Phil Mickelson 3 3–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Webb Simpson 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0
Brandt Snedeker 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
Steve Stricker 0 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Bubba Watson 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0
Tiger Woods 0.5 0–3–1 0–0–1 0–1–0 0–2–0

Europe[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Nicolas Colsaerts 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Luke Donald 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–0
Sergio García 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–0
Peter Hanson 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Martin Kaymer 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Paul Lawrie 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–2–0
Graeme McDowell 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 0–1–0
Rory McIlroy 3 3–2–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Francesco Molinari 0.5 0–2–1 0–0–1 0–1–0 0–1–0
Ian Poulter 4 4–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Justin Rose 3 3–2–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–2–0
Lee Westwood 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–0

Media reaction[edit]

In the United States, The Wall Street Journal asked how could "an extremely talented American Ryder Cup team blow a final-day lead as large as any ever blown in 85 years of Ryder Cup history", while Chicago Tribune sportswriter David Haugh described the defeat as "inexcusable" having led 10–4 at one point on Saturday afternoon.[26] Captain Davis Love III came under scrutiny for his player selections, and USA Today centered its criticism on Tiger Woods, calling him a player the U.S. "could not rely on" and "who at times appeared to be barely here". Some American newspapers elected not to dedicate back-page columns to the event.[27]

The European victory was met with elation across the continent. Spain's daily sport newspaper Marca ran the headline: "This one is for you, Seve". Britain's Daily Telegraph wrote that after an unprecedented summer of sporting achievements, including the Olympic Games in London, Bradley Wiggins' victory in the Tour de France and Andy Murray's first tennis major at the US Open, the Ryder Cup was incapable of "dullness, one-sidedness, and hollow drama" despite the looming anti-climax at the start of the singles matches on the final day. In a reference to the economic crisis on the continent, The Irish Times said that German Martin Kaymer had given Europe "a massive bailout that contributed to the most unlikeliest comeback in Ryder Cup history".[28]

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