Ryder Cup 2016: How do the two teams match up?

All the stats you need to know ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Ryder Cup 2016: How do the two teams match up?
Team USA Team Europe
Average Age 33 31
Average World Ranking 16 28
Total Career Wins 165 176
Total Career Earnings $454,725,806 $359,411,838
Ryder Cup Appearances 26 28
2016 Scoring Average 70.0 70.3
2016 Driving Distance Average 296.5 292.2
2016 Driving Accuracy Average 58.7% 62.4%
2016 Greens in Regulation Average 65.6% 66.9%
2016 Strokes Gained Putting Average 0.3 -0.2

On the eve of one of the most eagerly-anticipated sporting events of the year, we’ve had a comprehensive look at how the two 2016 Ryder Cup teams match up. Much was made of the number of options at Davis Love’s disposal whilst Darren Clarke has fielded a European side that includes six Ryder Cup rookies. It shouldn’t be forgotten that one of the European rookies is the current Masters champion. Despite Team USA having the slightly older 12 and fielding just two debutants, it’s the Europeans that have more combined career wins, as well as previous Ryder Cup appearances. But where will each side be looking to gain an advantage over the long weekend?

Although they are slightly shorter off the tee, Europe look to have the edge from tee-to-green with marginally better driving accuracy and greens in regulation stats for 2016. However, on the greens it’s not pretty reading for Captain Clarke and co. Team USA’s combined average of strokes gained putting (per round) is significantly better than that of Europe’s. It will be interesting to see if that alone will be enough for USA to claim their first Ryder Cup since Valhalla in 2008.

See all the stats in more detail below.

 

World Ranking

Team USA World Ranking World Ranking Team Europe
Dustin Johnson 2 3 Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth 4 5 Henrik Stenson
Patrick Reed 8 10 Danny Willett
Rickie Fowler 9 11 Justin Rose
Phil Mickelson 15 12 Sergio Garcia
Jimmy Walker 16 30 Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Matt Kuchar 17 32 Chris Wood
J.B. Holmes 21 42 Thomas Pieters
Brooks Koepka 22 44 Matt Fitzpatrick
Brandt Snedeker 23 46 Lee Westwood
Zach Johnson 28 48 Martin Kaymer
Ryan Moore 31 50 Andy Sullivan
 

Total Career Wins

Team USA Total Career Wins Total Career Wins Team Europe
Phil Mickelson 51 42 Lee Westwood
Zach Johnson 28 29 Sergio Garcia
Dustin Johnson 14 22 Rory McIlroy
Matt Kuchar 12 22 Martin Kaymer
Brandt Snedeker 11 20 Justin Rose
Jordan Spieth 10 19 Henrik Stenson
Jimmy Walker 10 5 Danny Willett
J.B. Holmes 7 5 Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Rickie Fowler 6 4 Chris Wood
Brooks Koepka 6 3 Andy Sullivan
Patrick Reed 5 3 Thomas Pieters
Ryan Moore 5 2 Matt Fitzpatrick
 

Total Career Earnings

Team USA Total Career Earnings Total Career Earnings Team Europe
Phil Mickelson $106,309,460 $66,792,270 Sergio Garcia
Dustin Johnson $49,631,303 $63,792,631 Rory McIlroy
Zach Johnson $47,839,410 $56,525,515 Justin Rose
Matt Kuchar $44,340,098 $51,667,893 Lee Westwood
Brandt Snedeker $34,793,163 $48,396,693 Henrik Stenson
Jordan Spieth $33,373,917 $29,578,913 Martin Kaymer
Rickie Fowler $30,562,927 $14,355,506 Danny Willett
Ryan Moore $27,807,152 $8,915,409 Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Jimmy Walker $24,984,036 $8,093,405 Chris Wood
J.B. Holmes $23,227,893 $5,166,666 Andy Sullivan
Patrick Reed $19,494,805 $3,492,372 Matt Fitzpatrick
Brooks Koepka $12,361,642 $2,634,565 Thomas Pieters
 

Ryder Cup Appearances

Team USA Ryder Cup Appearances Ryder Cup Appearances Team Europe
Phil Mickelson 10 9 Lee Westwood
Zach Johnson 4 7 Sergio Garcia
Matt Kuchar 3 3 Rory McIlroy
Dustin Johnson 2 3 Justin Rose
Rickie Fowler 2 3 Henrik Stenson
Jordan Spieth 1 3 Martin Kaymer
Jimmy Walker 1 0 Rafa Cabrera-Bello
J.B. Holmes 1 0 Matt Fitzpatrick
Patrick Reed 1 0 Danny Willett
Brandt Snedeker 1 0 Thomas Pieters
Brooks Koepka 0 0 Andy Sullivan
Ryan Moore 0 0 Chris Wood
 

2016 Scoring Average

Team USA 2016 Scoring Average 2016 Scoring Average Team Europe
Dustin Johnson 69.2 69.6 Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth 69.5 69.7 Danny Willett
Phil Mickelson 69.6 69.8 Henrik Stenson
Matt Kuchar 69.8 69.9 Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Brooks Koepka 70.0 70.0 Sergio Garcia
Rickie Fowler 70.1 70.1 Justin Rose
Patrick Reed 70.2 70.5 Lee Westwood
Brandt Snedeker 70.2 70.7 Martin Kaymer
Ryan Moore 70.3 70.8 Matt Fitzpatrick
Jimmy Walker 70.4 71.0 Andy Sullivan
Zach Johnson 70.4 71.3 Chris Wood
J.B. Holmes 70.5 71.7 Thomas Pieters
 

2016 Driving Distance

Team USA 2016 Driving Distance 2016 Driving Distance Team Europe
J.B. Holmes 314.5 306.8 Rory McIlroy
Dustin Johnson 313.6 303.9 Justin Rose
Brooks Koepka 302.6 299.9 Sergio Garcia
Rickie Fowler 301.6 295.8 Thomas Pieters
Jimmy Walker 301.3 291.7 Henrik Stenson
Patrick Reed 297.4 290.8 Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Jordan Spieth 295.4 289.4 Chris Wood
Phil Mickelson 294.8 288.3 Danny Willett
Brandt Snedeker 292.6 287.7 Lee Westwood
Matt Kuchar 285.8 286.8 Martin Kaymer
Ryan Moore 283.2 285.0 Andy Sullivan
Zach Johnson 280.1 278.3 Matt Fitzpatrick
 

2016 Driving Accuracy

Team USA 2016 Driving Accuracy 2016 Driving Accuracy Team Europe
Ryan Moore 66% 70% Henrik Stenson
Matt Kuchar 65% 68% Matt Fitzpatrick
Zach Johnson 65% 64% Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Brandt Snedeker 59% 64% Lee Westwood
Rickie Fowler 58% 63% Andy Sullivan
Brooks Koepka 58% 62% Danny Willett
Jordan Spieth 58% 61% Rory McIlroy
Dustin Johnson 57% 61% Sergio Garcia
Patrick Reed 55% 58% Martin Kaymer
Phil Mickelson 54% 58% Thomas Pieters
J.B. Holmes 51% 57% Justin Rose
Jimmy Walker 48% 56% Chris Wood
 

2016 Greens in Regulation

Team USA 2016 Greens in Regulation 2016 Greens in Regulation Team Europe
Rickie Fowler 69% 72% Henrik Stenson
Matt Kuchar 67% 70% Sergio Garcia
Dustin Johnson 67% 69% Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Brandt Snedeker 66% 69% Rory McIlroy
Phil Mickelson 66% 68% Danny Willett
Brooks Koepka 66% 67% Justin Rose
J.B. Holmes 65% 66% Lee Westwood
Ryan Moore 65% 65% Matt Fitzpatrick
Patrick Reed 64% 65% Chris Wood
Zach Johnson 64% 64% Andy Sullivan
Jordan Spieth 63% 63% Martin Kaymer
Jimmy Walker 63% 63% Thomas Pieters
 

2016 Strokes Gained Putting

Team USA 2016 Strokes Gained Putting 2016 Strokes Gained Putting Team Europe
Jordan Spieth 0.76 0.54 Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Phil Mickelson 0.57 0.42 Martin Kaymer
Brooks Koepka 0.45 0.30 Matt Fitzpatrick
Zach Johnson 0.40 0.25 Andy Sullivan
Matt Kuchar 0.38 0.17 Danny Willett
Ryan Moore 0.35 -0.16 Chris Wood
Brandt Snedeker 0.34 -0.20 Justin Rose
Dustin Johnson 0.33 -0.21 Rory McIlroy
Patrick Reed 0.28 -0.39 Sergio Garcia
Jimmy Walker 0.24 -0.39 Henrik Stenson
Rickie Fowler 0.15 -1.06 Thomas Pieters
J.B. Holmes -0.15 -1.89 Lee Westwood