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Ryder Cup grades: How every player (and captain) performed in Rome


Team Europe is your 2023 Ryder Cup champion. After a 6-6 split in the Sunday singles session, the Europeans officially took back the Cup with a 16.5-11.5 victory. Their streak of wins on home soil will now extend beyond 30 years.

For the Americans, the week was rough. After falling behind 4-0 early, they never found their footing and could not close the gap. There was a brief moment Sunday afternoon when a comeback looked possible, but that was quickly thwarted as the Europeans took the title at Marco Simone.

Here’s how every player (and captain) performed in Rome.

Team Europe

Rory McIlroy

Record: 4-1-0
Grade: A+

In the absence of the likes of Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy stepped into a senior leadership role for the first time at this Ryder Cup — and he delivered in a big way. Playing all five sessions, McIlroy delivered four points for the Euros, his lone loss coming in a tense match against Patrick Cantlay and Wyndham Clark Saturday afternoon. Despite the small blemish on his record, the 34-year-old delivered the best week of his Ryder Cup career.

Tyrrell Hatton

Record: 3-0-1
Grade: A

Tyrrell Hatton had a losing record in Ryder Cup play coming into the week, but he got back above .500 with a stellar few days in Rome. Three and a half points from the middle of the lineup will always play.

Viktor Hovland

Record: 3-1-1
Grade: A+

Viktor Hovland played like a man possessed this week. He went 1-0-1 on Day 1, and then opened Day 2 with a 9-and-7 beatdown of Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka. Although he lost his afternoon four-ball match, he came back strong on Sunday with a stress-free singles win to finish the week with 3.5 points.

Tommy Fleetwood

Record: 3-1-0
Grade: A

Tommy Fleetwood was a crucial piece of the Europeans’ 2018 win in Paris, and his strong play was equally vital in Rome. He played four sessions and delivered 3 points, including the clincher in his singles match against Rickie Fowler. When the Ryder Cup is played on European soil, there are few players that elevate their play like Fleetwood.