Bunker Mentality

Ryder Cup: Europe v US, head-to-head

We compare the European and US Ryder Cup teams, head-to-head, and rate each player's chance of success this weekend at Medinah.

Scroll down to see which team is our predicted winner!

Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)

Rory McIlroyAge: 23

World ranking: 1

European Tour wins: 4

Major wins: 2

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

Ryder Cup record (wins-defeats-halves): 1-1-2

Profile: Won his first title in 2009 then clinched his first Major in record fashion at the 2011 US Open by eight shots. Went to world number one for the first time in 2012 and won his second Major at last month's US PGA Championship, also by eight shots.

Bunker Mentality's Ryder rating: In red hot form and set to be the European talisman - 9/10.

Tiger Woods

Tiger WoodsAge: 36

World ranking: 2

US PGA Tour victories: 74

Major victories: 14

Previous Ryder Cup teams: 6 (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 13-14-2

Profile: Best player of this era and perhaps of all-time - but has been a diminished force since the break-up of his marriage in 2010, the fourth swing change of his career and assorted injuries. Has triumphed three times on the 2012 US PGA Tour but has not won a Major title since 2008. Known for having one of the best golfing 'minds'.

BM's Ryder rating: He is getting closer to neutralising his losing Ryder Cup record, and should do this time around at a course where he has won two US PGA titles - 9/10.

Luke Donald (England)

Luke DonaldAge: 34

World ranking: 3

European Tour wins: 7

Major wins: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 3 (2004, 2006, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 8-2-1

Profile: Last season his brilliant short game helped him become the first player to win the money-list crowns in Europe and the United States. Rose to top spot in the world rankings in the process, which he has occupied for 46 weeks in total.

BM's Ryder Rating: Out of the spotlight and off the boil a little this year, and we fear he could have mixed feelings about putting Americans to the sword in his hometown - 7/10.

Bubba Watson

Bubba WatsonAge: 33

World ranking: 7

US PGA Tour victories: 4

Major victories: 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

Ryder Cup record: 1-3-0

Profile: Self-coached and one of the longest hitters in the game, he clinched his first Major title at the Masters in April when he beat Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off highlighted by a miraculous recovery shot from pine straw. Made his Ryder Cup debut in 2010 at Celtic Manor where he lost three of four matches.

BM's Ryder Rating: A laid-back character who looked out of his depth in the fiery environment at Celtic Manor - 7/10.

Lee Westwood (England)

Lee WestwoodAge: 39

World ranking: 4

European Tour wins: 22

Major wins: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 7 (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 16-11-6

Profile: Put an end to Tiger Woods's five-year stay at the summit of the world rankings in October 2010 and has the best long game in the world, but patchy putting has held him back. On nine occasions he has finished in the top five at a Major championship without achieving a breakthrough victory.

BM's Ryder Rating: Totally dependable making him a devastating weapon, particularly in the tricky foursomes format - 8/10.

Jason Dufner

Jason DufnerAge: 35

World ranking: 9

US PGA Tour victories: 2

Major victories: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Profile: One of the most laid-back players in the game with a distinctive pre-shot waggle, he has won twice this year on the US PGA Tour in a breakout season. Was beaten in a play-off for last year's US PGA Championship and has since been one of the most consistent performers on the US circuit.

BM's Ryder Rating: Massively consistent and apparently unflappable, it's not hard to see Dufner quietly picking up plenty of points - 8/10.

Justin Rose (England)

Justin RoseAge: 32

World ranking: 5

European Tour wins: 5

Major wins: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2008)

Ryder Cup record: 3-1-0

Profile: Won the 2007 European Tour order of merit and recorded his best finish in a Major at last month's US PGA Championship when he tied for third. Previous best was on his Major debut at the 1998 Open, where as an amateur he finished tied-fourth.

BM's Ryder Rating: In great form and thrived in a Ryder Cup on American soil four years ago - 8/10.

Keegan Bradley

Keegan BradleyAge: 26

World ranking: 14

US PGA Tour victories: 3

Major victories: 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Profile: Thrives under pressure and became the first player to win a Major title using a long putter when he beat compatriot Dufner in a play-off for last year's US PGA Championship. Bitterly disappointed to miss out on selection for the 2011 Presidents Cup, he was elated to be one of eight automatic qualifiers for the 2012 Ryder Cup team.

BM's Ryder Rating: Took a while to adjust to handling Major champion status, but his win at Bridgestone last month showed it was no fluke. Needs to pick up momentum to play well, though, and it could go either way - 7/10.

Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland)

Graeme McDowellAge: 33

World ranking: 18

European Tour wins: 7

Major wins: 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 2 (2008, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 4-2-2

Profile: Joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Tom Watson as winners of golf's second oldest Major at the spectacular Pebble Beach links in California when he won the 2010 US Open. Has often showed nerves of steel in matchplay events.

BM's Ryder Rating: He thrives in match play, and thrives on the big stage even during spells when he has toiled in lesser events. The Ryder Cup and G-Mac are a perfect match for each other - 8/10.

Webb Simpson

Webb SimpsonAge: 27

World ranking: 8

US PGA Tour victories: 3

Major victories: 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Profile: Produced a storming finish to the 2011 US PGA Tour regular season, winning twice in his last five starts, to finish second in the money list and earn a rookie spot on the US team at the Presidents Cup. Has built on that form this season and won his first Major title by one shot in the US Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco.

BM's Ryder Rating: Had an amazing end to his season last year and showed he's the real deal by landing the US Open in June. America's next superstar - 9/10.

Sergio Garcia (Spain)

Sergio GarciaAge: 32

World ranking: 19

European Tour wins: 10

Major wins: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 5 (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008)

Ryder Cup record: 14-6-4

Profile: The talented hitter from Spain has often struggled on the greens and missed the last Ryder Cup due to poor form. Made the 2012 team on his final opportunity, winning the Wyndham Championship on the US PGA Tour last month to secure his place.

BM's Ryder Rating: Back in the team and coming in on the back of his best season for years, and returning to the course where he found fame at the 1999 US PGA Championship, Sergio surely has to shine - 9/10.

Zach Johnson

Zach JohnsonAge: 36

World ranking: 17

US PGA Tour victories: 9

Major victories: 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 2 (2006, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 3-3-1

Profile: A rock-steady player with a superb short game who is highly regarded by his peers, he has played in two Presidents Cups and two Ryder Cups. Claimed his first Major victory at the 2007 Masters and has won twice on the 2012 US PGA Tour - at the Colonial Invitational and the John Deere Classic.

BM's Ryder Rating: One of the few American players with a neutral record in Ryder Cup matches, and one of those horrendous match play opponents who is never out of a hole thanks to his stunning chipping - 8/10.

Peter Hanson (Sweden)

Peter HansonAge: 34

World ranking: 25

European Tour wins: 5

Major wins: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

Ryder Cup record: 1-2-0

Profile: Let slip a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Masters in April to finish tied-third but has since been in good form and ended up in share for seventh at the US PGA Championship before winning the Dutch Open earlier this month.

BM's Ryder Rating: Collected a losing record at Celtic Manor but was unlucky to do so, and his from-behind fourball win on the penultimate day was one of the turning points of the match - 7/10.

Matt Kuchar

Matt KucharAge: 34

World ranking: 15

US PGA Tour victories: 3

Major victories: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

Ryder Cup record: 1-1-2

Profile: A brilliant amateur who won the 1997 US championship before turning professional in 2000. Claimed his first US PGA Tour title at the 2002 Honda Classic but endured several lean years before regaining form in 2007. Clinched the biggest victory of his career at this year's Players Championship, the unofficial 'fifth' Major.

BM's Ryder Rating: Probably the least intimidating player on the US side, and his form since that Players win has been distinctly average - 6/10.

Ian Poulter (England)

Ian PoulterAge: 36

World ranking: 26

European Tour wins: 11

Major wins: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 3 (2004, 2008, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 8-3-0

Profile: Scored four points out of a possible five having been given a wildcard selection for the 2008 Ryder Cup and was again a captain's pick in 2012. Has three top-10 finishes in the four Majors in 2012 including tied-third last month at the US PGA.

BM's Ryder Rating: Like McDowell, seems to save his best golf for match play and the Ryder Cup. Eight wins in 11 matches says it all - 9/10.

Phil Mickelson

Phil MickelsonAge: 42

World ranking: 16

US PGA Tour victories: 40

Major victories: 4

Previous Ryder Cups: 8 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 11-17-6

Profile: Possesses a brilliant short game and utilises great imagination to scramble out of danger when tee shots go awry. The left-hander has won four Majors, starting with his breakthrough at the 2004 Masters, and clinched his third Green Jacket at Augusta National in 2010. Qualified for the 2012 Ryder Cup team in the final eighth automatic spot.

BM's Ryder Rating: One of the most talented players of the last 20 years, but only just made the team automatically after two years more dominated by personal issues than golf. The narrow course not a good match for his game, either - 6/10.

Paul Lawrie (Scotland)

Paul LawrieAge: 43

World ranking: 28

European Tour wins: 8

Major wins: 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (1999)

Ryder Cup record: 3-1-1

Profile: Credits his sons for reigniting his competitive fire. The 1999 Open champion has won twice in 2012 to be back among Europe's elite following a winless streak of nine years which he ended at the 2011 Andalucia Open.

BM's Ryder Rating: Comes in after a very fine season, but has always struggled in the States - though he did shine in his previous Ryder Cup on hostile ground at Brookline in 1999 - 7/10.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin JohnsonAge: 28

World ranking: 13

US PGA Tour victories: 6

Major victories: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

Ryder Cup record: 1-3-0

Profile: A prodigious hitter, he was a rookie at the 2010 Ryder Cup and would likely have been an automatic qualifier this year had he not missed 11 weeks of golf after injuring his back while trying to lift a jet ski off a trailer. Was a wildcard pick by US captain Davis Love III after a strong late season surge sparked by victory at the St. Jude Classic in June.

BM's Ryder Rating: A joy to watch when he is on form (as he is right now) and his huge length off the tee will take the sting out of Medinah's 7,600 yards. Likely to be a fearsome competitor, particularly in fourballs - 8/10.

Francesco Molinari (Italy)

Francesco MolinariAge: 29

World ranking: 31

European Tour wins: 3

Major wins: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

Ryder Cup record: 0-2-1

Profile: Partnered his brother Edoardo at Celtic Manor and the duo also won the 2009 World Cup in November. Biggest individual win came in 2010 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Sits third in the European Tour money list this season.

BM's Ryder Rating: Suspect putting and a lack of success playing in the US makes us worry for the Italian. We hate to say it, but the Americans will be targeting him as a weak link - 5/10.

Jim Furyk

Jim FurykAge: 42

World ranking: 23

US PGA Tour victories: 16

Major victories: 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 7 (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 8-15-4

Profile: A straight-shooter despite an unorthodox, loopy swing and a gifted putter who won his first and only Major title at the 2003 US Open. Has played in seven Ryder Cups and dovetails effectively with any partner in team golf. Surprisingly has not won on the US PGA Tour since 2010 but came close to winning the US Open in June before fading late in the final round.

BM's Ryder Rating: Something of a disaster zone for the US teams that he has played in over the years, Furyk has consistently failed to show off his talents in the Ryder Cup, and those talents are in any case fading  - 5/10.

Martin Kaymer (Germany)

Martin KaymerAge: 27

World ranking: 32

European Tour wins: 10

Major wins: 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

Ryder Cup record: 2-1-1

Profile: Became only the second German, after Bernhard Langer, to win a Major when he landed the 2010 US PGA Championship, then in February 2011 became world number one. Has not added to his already impressive tally of 10 European Tour victories in 2012.

BM's Ryder Rating: Playing so poorly this summer that there was talk of him pulling out of the team, but a recent T5 finish at the BMW Italian Open will have given him a boost. Still, Kaymer looks a weak link this time around - 4/10.

Brandt Snedeker

Brandt SnedekerAge: 31

World ranking: 10

US PGA Tour victories: 4

Major victories: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Profile: One of four rookies on the US team, he is renowned for his putting and ability to shoot low scores. Guaranteed himself a captain's pick by Davis Love III with superb form in the first two FedExCup playoff events, then underlined that by winning the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday, along with the FedExCup title and its $10 million bonus.

BM's Ryder Rating: Barnstorming form over the last few weeks earned him a wildcard spot which he then justified wholeheartedly by winning at the weekend, and will be bursting with confidence for the match - 8/10.

Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium)

Nicolas ColsaertsAge: 29

World ranking: 35

European Tour wins: 2

Major wins: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: None

Profile: The first Belgian to qualify for the Ryder Cup and the only European debutant, the big hitter has racked up 10 top-10 finishes in 2012 including his second European Tour win at the World Match Play Championship in May where he beat McDowell.

BM's Ryder Rating: Hits the ball as far as America's big bombers Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson. Proved his match play credentials with a win earlier this year and is brimming with confidence. Europe's only rookie could catch fire this week - 8/10.

Steve Stricker

Steve StrickerAge: 45

World ranking: 12

US PGA Tour victories: 12

Major victories: 0

Previous Ryder Cups: 2 (2008, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 3-3-1

Profile: Regarded as one of the best putters in the game, he has played in the last four Presidents Cups, gelling superbly with Woods. Biggest victory came at the 2001 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Clinched his 12th US PGA Tour victory at the season-opening Tournament of Champions in January.

BM's Ryder Rating: Being set to play foursomes and fourballs with Tiger Woods should help his points tally, though its hard to imagine that he would have been picked if he'd not been Woods's proven foil - 7/10.

Totals: Europe 89-88 USA.

Bunker Mentality is slightly amazed how close these totals came out considering that it did not count up until all the players had been rated. An amazing weekend of golfing drama is in store... and we'll have full live text coverage of every shot, from 12pm BST on Friday right through to the end on Sunday night.