The Ryder cup is just under two weeks away, and with the anticipation that is building on both sides of the Atlantic this is a great time to see how the players from the European team have been getting on in competitive action leading into the matches at Valhalla.
The latest tournament on the PGA Tour was the BMW Championship, part of the Fed-Ex Cup play-off series, where many notable European Ryder Cup players teed it up and took part. Only Miguel Angel Jimenez played in the Omega European masters back in Europe.
Europes talismanic figure who stands proud as arguably the world’s best golfer at the moment after picking up back-to-back Major titles. His form has been exemplary, although a missed cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and a tie for 51st at the BMW Championship may suggest fatigue and tiredness are creeping in.
The charismatic figure who is appearing in his fifth Ryder Cup at Valhalla has been in superb form since winning the Players Championship earlier in the year. He finished in a tie for second at the last Major of the year, the USPGA Championship, and recently lost a play-off at the Deutsche Bank Championship to Vijay Singh in the Fed- Ex Cup race. He also finished a creditable tied-20th at the BMW Championship at his last event, showing that he has a level of consistency in all parts of his game, even the putter.
Miguel Angel Jimenez:
The colourful, experienced Ryder Cup team member has produced solid form of late culminating in a tie for 3rd position in the Omega European Masters, finishing on -12 some three shots out of a play-off. He also has played well overseas in recent weeks finishing in a tie for 10th position at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
Since winning the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond GC, Graham McDowell has struggled for form leading into the Ryder Cup. Most notably in his latest outing on the European Tour (Johnny Walker championship at Gleneagles) he slumped to a disappointing tied-98th ultimately missing the cut. He also slumped to another tournament total of +5 in the WGC Bridgestone invitation back in August, although the Ulsterman did show some grit and determination by grinding out a very acceptable tie for 15th at the USPGA finishing on +7 for the championship.
Ian Poulter and Paul Casey:
English duo chose to ply their trades out in America instead of trying to qualify for the team by right back on home soil. The pair have shown some inconsistent form with both players failing to make the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Although both caught captain Faldos eye with Casey leading greens in regulation from all four Major championships, and Poulter finishing a fantastic second at the Open Championship.