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Justin Rose is all set for a fifth Ryder Cup appearance, but he may need to store some energy to thrive.

The Englishman might be a tricky player to figure out this week because it's hard to think that his FedEx Cup exploits have not left physically and emotionally spent. Has he got anything left in the can? And how does the brief appearance at World No. 1 figure in that equation? What we know is that other than fatigue he is in fine form. We also know he owns an 11-6-2 RC record. Within that he is 5-2-1 in foursomes, 4-3-0 in fourballs and 2-1-1 in singles. He has formed powerful alliances in the past with his good friends Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson. Captain Bjorn spoke of his fears for Rose's exhaustion so you suspect he is closely monitoring it. There's a good chance he will not be asked to play five matches unless, rather than tired, he is riding a really big wave.
Sep 26 - 8:01 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen claimed his spot by right and will now make his debut in the 2018 Ryder Cup this week in Paris.

Much like his fellow Ryder Cup debutant Tommy Fleetwood the Dane has an absolute curio of a Le Golf National record. Like the little girl in the nursery rhyme, when he's good he is very, very good (T2 on debut in 2011, T3 in 2017), but when he's bad he is awful (his opening rounds from 2012 to 2017 were 76, 78, 77 and 80; he missed the cut every time, but 2016, when he withdrew, and did so again in 2018). His qualification was impressive. He got into the automatic spots, knew the pressure was on to stay there (and it was added in his case because he is good friends with the captain) and now can reap the benefits. You would imagine his involvement is initially penned in as limited, but if he fires he could be an important cog in the European engine.
Sep 26 - 7:56 AM

Paul Casey breaks his self-imposed Ryder Cup embargo to play at Le Golf National in Paris this week.

The Englishman reacted badly to being left out of the 2010 side by Colin Montgomerie and more or less remained in a seven year sulk, although he insists it was as much to do with concentrating on cracking the PGA Tour. He was feted by both Keith Pelley and Thomas Bjorn however, providing echoes of when Tony Jacklin had to tempt Seve back to the team in 1983, but there the comparisons end. He's 1-1 in foursomes, 1-1-1 in singles and unbeaten in fourballs, albeit 1-0-3. He has the reputation as something of a match play specialist, a feeling borne of his victory in the 2006 HSBC World Match Play and two seconds in the WGC version. Unquestionably excited to be back, bantering at the wildcard selection announcement. Bjorn's flirting might bear fruit because for all the social awkwardness, like his bete noire Monty, Casey just wants to be liked.
Sep 26 - 4:55 AM

Henrik Stenson is all set for a fifth Ryder Cup appearance at Le Golf National in France this week.

His reputation probably exceeds what he has actually achieved in the Ryder Cup because he has been relentlessly 50% with a record of 7-7-2. In the singles he is 2-2-0 and in the two pairs formats he is only one match away from 50% again: 2-3-1 in foursomes and 3-2-1 in fourballs. It's kind of just as well that he played three, won three with Justin Rose at Gleneagles in 2014. Without that run his record would be even more shaky. His first four visits to Le Golf National were bleak: he was 2-for-4 between 1996 and 2005 with a best of T55 and not one sub-70 round. But in 2006 he was T5 heading into the final round, a big improvement even if a last round 76 saw him slump to T29. Then in 2012 he recorded T7.
Sep 26 - 4:54 AM

Rory McIlroy will be hoping to play a key role in Europe's fight to regain the Ryder Cup in Paris, France this week.

The Northern Irishman has played well in the Ryder Cup but is maybe yet to quite ignite, boasting a 9-6-4 record and sneaking just about ahead of 50-50 in all three formats: 4-3-1 in foursomes, 3-2-2 in fourballs, 2-1-1 in singles. He has twice played all five matches, something it is tempting to do with star players, but which can have diseconomies of scale (see Dave Tindall's feature on the subject). He will need to find a new partner in crime this time around since his played three, won three combo with Thomas Pieters cannot be revived. Said to be a far more vocal presence in Ryder Cup week than many might imagine and he certainly seems disabused of his pre-2010 notion that the match is an exhibition.
Sep 26 - 4:52 AM

Tommy Fleetwood will make his Ryder Cup debut in Paris, France this week.

The Englishman boasts unquestionably one of the oddest course records on the European Tour at the Von Hagge/Chesneau creation. In 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016 and this year he averaged 74.00 blows per round, never once broke 70 and never once made a cut. What about 2017, the odd one out? He smashed 67-68-71-66, was never outside the top five and won. He's 6-5 in the WGC World Match Play and has a 1-1 record with Paul Casey in the Seve Trophy and Eurasia Cup, whilst he also partnered Henrik Stenson to a win in the latter earlier this year. A rising star in the sport and this is another big step for him.
Sep 26 - 4:50 AM

Webb Simpson sets his eyes on Le Golf National as he prepares for this week's Ryder Cup in Paris, France.

Simpson arrives on the heels of the second-best season of his career, in terms of earnings ($5,376,417). That includes a win at TPC Sawgrass which could prove relevant this week at Le Golf National, another course that favors precision and makes you avoids loads of water hazards. Making his third appearance at the Ryder Cup (2012, 2014), Simpson enters with a 2-3-1 overall record but he's had the cards stacked against him in terms of opponents faced. Finishing the season 6th in strokes gained putting, Simpson could really surprise this week and be a big part of Team USA's game plan.
Sep 25 - 11:18 AM

Brooks Koepka made a strong debut at the 2016 Ryder Cup and now he'll look to improve upon that record as he heads to Paris, Frances, for this week's edition of the biennial competition.

The big hitter was a rookie at Hazeltine but he managed to earn 3 points for the Americans (3-1-0). His length off the tee is never going to hurt but it's his short game that really shines in this format. He's run a bit cold with the flat stick this summer but long-term he's gaining more than a stroke per event with the putter which is in the upper tier of putters on TOUR. Adding to his appeal for gamers and American fans, Koepka has four career wins and three of them have come in majors. These big events bring out the best in Koepka and we should expect to see another strong performance at Le Golf National this week.
Sep 25 - 10:03 AM

Jordan Spieth had a disappointing season by his lofty standards but he could end on a high note if he plays well this week at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, France.

Spieth was slow out of the gate this year after battling mono during the winter. He never hit full stride as he was either struggling with the flat stick or battling his ball-striking. He eventually got the putter synced up, gaining strokes putting in six of his last seven ShotLink starts. He also ended with four straight tournaments where he gained strokes on approach. This week's host course should set up nicely for Spieth who doesn't try to overpower courses but is one of the best in the world at strategizing his way around a new venue. The Texan arrives in Paris with a 4-1-2 record in Ryder Cup team play and 0-2-0 in singles. Gamers should expect a big week from the 25-year-old as he tries to leave 2018 with a bit of hardware.
Sep 25 - 9:50 AM

Tony Finau readies for his team debut at the 2018 Ryder Cup, turning his attention to Le Golf National in Paris, France.

Finau earned his way onto the team via a captain's selection. He was the 12th and final member of the team but his spot is well deserved. With the pressure at it's highest, Finau racked up 16 straight rounds in the 60s before finally settling for a 1-over 71 in R2 of last week's TOUR Championship. The big hitter doesn't have any team experience but he has plenty of experience playing with pressure on his back. It's well noted that Finau grinded out high-dollar money games while growing up and was very successful at it. The Utah native finished 11th on TOUR in birdies per round and 17th in GIR percentage. Both should make him a great partner for anyone he gets paired with this week.
Sep 25 - 9:30 AM

Past champ and World No. 5 Rory McIlroy ballooned to a 4-over-par 39-35=74 in the final round of the TOUR Championship, cratering five places to T7 on 5-under 275, a distant six in arrears of playing competitor and champion Tiger Woods, who shot 71.

After opening with 67-68-66, the 2016 winner began T2, three back of leader Woods. He mustered three (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation, losing 1.038 strokes off-the-tee and 3.237 on approach. The 2016 FedExCup champ conjured two birdie-4s, outbalanced by four bogey-5s and double bogey-6 at hole 7 (tee ball OB). He posted a dismal 1.875 putts per GIR and -1.298 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. For the week, the Ulsterman tallied 19 birdies, T1 in that stat, versus 10 bogeys and two doubles. This is his fourth top 10 in five appearances and his seventh top 10 of the season in 18 starts, second straight after solo 5th at the BMW two weeks ago. McIlroy ends at 13th in the FEC standings.
Sep 23 - 7:42 PM

World No. 17 Webb Simpson authored a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to finish up on 6-under 274, up 10 spots to T4, five shy of overnight leader and champion Tiger Woods.

The Wake Forest alum entered 11th in the FedExCup standings and that's where he ended up, tying his second-best finish (2013) behind his best of 2nd in 2011. This was his sixth appearance and third top 10, all doubling as top 5s, and matching his best of 4th in 2013. After opening with 69-70-68, the 33-year-old began in 14th place, nine back but just one short of the overnight top 10. On nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, he offset two bogeys with five birdies, gaining 2.020 strokes on-the-green with 26 total putts. For the week, the North Carolinian tallied 16 birdies versus eight bogeys and one double en route to his ninth top 10 of the season in 26 events, second straight after T6 at the BMW two weeks ago.
Sep 23 - 7:30 PM

World No. 3 Dustin Johnson styled a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to post 7-under 273, up six places to solo 3rd, four short of overnight leader and champion Tiger Woods, who shot 71, and ends the season 4th in the final FedExCup standings, which was his rank entering the week.

After opening with 69-70-67, the regular-season FEC leader began T9, eight adrift. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, gaining 2.275 strokes tee-to-green. The 34-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at 14, camouflaged by four circles at 5, 6, 15 and 17, posting 1.813 putts per GIR and 0.458 SG: Putting with 32 total putts. For the week, he tallied one eagle and 16 birdies against nine bogeys and one double. This is Johnson's fifth top 10 at the playoff finale in nine visits and third top 5, betting a pair of 5th-place finishes in 2013 and 2015. It's his 12th top 10 of the season in 20 events, which was his second-best top-10 total (to 2016), and led the TOUR.
Sep 23 - 7:05 PM

Past champ and World No. 48 Billy Horschel tossed up a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to reach 9-under 271, up four spots to solo 2nd, two short of overnight leader and champion Tiger Woods, who shot 71.

The 2014 winner and 2014 FedExCup champ culminates the postseason with his third top 3 in four events and bumps four places to 5th in the final FEC standings. Making his first appearance since 2014, he records his third straight top 10 at East Lake in as many attempts and his sixth top 10 of the season in 27 events, five of those podiums, which is a career best. After opening with 71-65-69, the Florida alum began T6, seven back, and hit nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, outpacing two bogey-5s with six birdies. He registered 2.084 SG: Approach and 1.787 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. For the week, Horschel tallied 17 birdie versus eight bogeys and ranked 1st in Driving Accuracy (39/56) and GIR (55/72). This is his fifth runner-up in 205 events, second this season (T2, Barbasol).
Sep 23 - 6:49 PM

Playing out of the penultimate twosome, second-round co-leader and World No. 1 Justin Rose labored to a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in the final round of the TOUR Championship, dipping two spots to T4 on 6-under 274, five in arrears of overnight leader and champion Tiger Woods, but did enough to claim the season-long race to the FedExCup and the $10-million bonus.

The 38-year-old becomes just the second golfer to win the FEC crown as the top-ranked player in the world, joining Woods (x2). He entered No. 2 in the FEC standings and is the second straight 2-seed to win it all, fifth overall and fifth in the last six years. This is the Englishman's sixth top 10 at East Lake in 10 tries, sixth straight, and fourth top 5. After opening with 66-67-68, he began T2, three back, and conjured two birdies versus five bogeys on four of 14 fairways and 10 greens in regulation. He recorded a dismal -2.949 SG: Tee-to-Green and 2.000 putts per GIR with 31 total putts. Rose wraps the season with a career-best 11 top 10s in 18 events, highlighted by two wins, and ends with three straight top 4s in the postseason. For the week, he tallied 18 birdies against 12 bogeys and ranked 2nd in SG: Tee-to-Green and GIR at 75.00 percent (54/72).
Sep 23 - 6:31 PM


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