Ryder Cup Standings: Highlighting the Best Players at Medinah Thus Far

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Rory McIlroy of Europe looks over at teammates Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter during the Afternoon Four-Ball Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Ryder Cup allows the participants to take part in match play as teams, but it also allows individuals to make their mark on the world stage.

At Medinah, rookies have looked liked veterans and veterans have acted like kids. The golf, though, has been as good as ever. Points are up for grabs in the race to 14 and 1/2 and opportunities abound.

Some have made sure to take advantage of their opportunity. The top players so far will look to build on their successes with a strong Saturday outing and add points to their country's score.



Keegan Bradley

The fun-spirited Ryder Cup rookie went on a year on his first day. He and Phil Mickelson went 2-0 on Friday, hitting long putts all over the course and working the crowd at Medinah.

Bradley has been great television so far. His alluring enthusiasm seems to have an effect on the U.S. team as they have been able to capitalize in the early stages of this Ryder Cup.

Bradley will try to validate Friday's round with an encore performance. He may have already done his part to ensure a competitive U.S. outcome.



Nicolas Colsaerts

Whether it's beginners' luck or not, the Ryder Cup rookies have showed the poise of veterans. Nobody played more like they belonged than Colsaerts did in the afternoon. He made seven birdies and an eagle to earn a 1-up victory over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

The Belgian is making his mark on the world stage; he could be a wild card as the matches progress.


Rory McIlroy

There can be no list highlighting the world's best players without McIlroy right now.

The heart of Team Europe went 1 for 2 in foursome play, with only Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson standing in the way of a sweep.

Considering how well McIlroy has been playing this past month there's no doubting he's the biggest challenger to American dominance in this Ryder Cup. He will surely be the European to watch as the Sunday match play round approaches.


Team Points
USA   5
Europe   3

Mike Shiekman is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and will be following the Ryder Cup to the finish. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealShiek