2012 Ryder Cup Fantasy Golf Report

By Adam McGill

The 2012 Ryder Cup will be one of the most exciting tournaments in the history of the biennial tournament.  Tiger Woods is back in full swing and Rory McIlroy is leading the next generation of young golfers.   The Europeans enter as the defending champs, but the Americans head down to Illinois stacked from top to bottom.

The Medinah Country Club in Illinois will host this year’s tournament and it should be one to remember.  The Ryder Cup has always been a huge staple of the Fantasy golf season, so to help you this week; here is my complete fantasy Golf report for the 2012 Ryder Cup:

Tournament: 39th Ryder Cup

Date: September 28-30, 2012

Location: Medinah Country Club, Medinah Illinois





Captain: Davis Love III

Captain: Jose Maria Olazabal

Keegan Bradley

Nicolas Colsaerts*

Jason Dufner

Luke Donald

Jim Furyk*

Sergio Garcia

Matt Kuchar

Peter Hanson

Dustin Johnson*

Martin Kaymar

Zach Johnson

Paul Lawrie

Phil Mickelson

Graeme McDowell

Webb Simpson

Rory McIlroy

Brandt Snedeker*

Fracesco Molinari

Steve Stricker*

Ian Poulter*

Bubba Watson

Justin Rose

Tiger Woods

Lee Westwood

*-denotes captain’s picks


Top-10 Fantasy Rankings:

1. Rory McIlroy (EUROPE) – Number one in the world, and number one in fantasy.  McIlory may not have the experience that some of the other golfers do at the Ryder Cup, but do not let that deter you from grabbing the 23-year old Northern Irishman.

2. Tiger Woods (USA) – Woods seems extra motivated this Ryder Cup and he is looking to carry the team on his back in 2012.

3. Lee Westwood (EUROPE) – Westwood may not have any majors under his belt, but he dominates the Ryder Cup.  He has 16 Ryder Cup wins, the most by anyone else in the European Union.

4. Jim Furyk (USA) – The “Ferocious Furyk” has three consecutive finishes in the top-15 on the PGA Tour, so he will be one of the hottest US golfers heading into the Ryder Cup.

5. Luke Donald (EUROPE) – Donald may be getting outshined by McIlory this year, but The Don will be a great sleeper to grab after the big names comes off the board.

6. Phil Mickelson (USA) – Mickelson may be in the middle of a rocky season, but if anyone can turn things around at the Ryder Cup, it is “Lefty”.

7. Keegan Bradley (USA) – Bradley has been up and down lately, as he has not had a top-five finish since the beginning of August.  However, Keegs is America’s best young golfer, so expect him to shine on the world’s biggest stage.

8. Brandt Snedeker (USA) – Snedeker has finished inside the top-6 in three of his last four PGA tournaments.

9. Justin Rose (EUROPE) – Rose finished second last weekend at the TOUR Championship and has been as consistent as they come this season.

10. Graeme McDowell  (EUROPE) – McDowell is one of the best under-pressure putters in the world, so there is not better golfer to have on the greens.

Par Five’s:

Sergio Garcia (EUROPE) – The Spaniard is a veteran that brings some flash to the European team.

Bubba Watson (USA) – In 19 tournaments this year, Watson has finished inside the top-23 16 times, including 7 top-tens.

Jason Dufner (USA) – “Duffman” is amazingly averaging just under 70 strokes  (69.9) per round in 2012.

Nicolas Colsaerts (EUROPE) – Colsaerts is the European’s youngster and he will certainly turn some heads this week.

Hole To Watch:

HOLE #2 – The course has four dangerous holes that cross the water (#2, #13, #14, and #17) on the Midwestern course.  Of the four, Hole #2 is perhaps the most dangerous, as it is a small par 3 that is completely on the other side of the pond.  This Hole will make or break many golfers, and perhaps a team’s, final score.


USA 15.5 – Europe 12.5



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