Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2023 Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy

Ryder Cup match play provides a hugely different playing and viewing experience than traditional stroke play. Through three sessions, we know the Europeans have played better team golf on the way to that 8-4 lead. We wondered how a traditional leaderboard would look with team and individual scores relative to par.

Here are the best pairings to par, using each pairing's best score per hole in four-balls and their team scores in foursomes through three sessions:

TeamPairingScoreSessions Played
U.S.Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth-18Four
EuropePaul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton-17Two
EuropeFrancesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood-17Four
U.S.Tony Finau/Brooks Koepka-11Two
U.S.Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler-10Three
U.S.Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed-7Two
EuropeSergio Garcia/Rory McIlroy-7One
EuropeIan Poulter/Jon Rahm-7One
EuropeJustin Rose/Jon Rahm-6One
EuropeRory McIlroy/Thorbjorn Olesen-3One
EuropeHenrik Stenson/Justin Rose-1Two
U.S.Dustin Johnson/Brooks KoepkaEOne
EuropeSergio Garcia/Alex Noren+1Two
U.S.Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson+1Two
U.S.Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau+1One
EuropeIan Poulter/Rory McIlroy+2Two
U.S.Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau+2One

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Here are the individual players with the best score to par for the 2018 Ryder Cup. For four-ball matches, we counted a player's score if he recorded the low score on a hole for his team and a par for the hole if his teammate recorded the low score. We counted the team foursomes scores for both individuals in a pairing.

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It's worth noting the individual player scores to par favor players who have played in four-ball matches over those who have exclusively played foursomes, a format where shooting a par is often enough to win a hole. 

TeamPlayerScoreSessions Played
EuropeFrancesco Molinari-13Four
EuropePaul Casey-11Two
U.S.Justin Thomas-10Four
EuropeTommy Fleetwood-9Four
U.S.Jordan Spieth-8Four
U.S.Tony Finau-8Two
EuropeTyrrell Hatton-6Two
EuropeJustin Rose-5Three
U.S.Rickie Fowler-4Three
EuropeJon Rahm-4Two
EuropeRory McIlroy-3Four
U.S.Dustin Johnson-3Four
EuropeIan Poulter-3Three
U.S.Tiger Woods-3Three
U.S.Brooks Koepka-3Three
U.S.Patrick Reed-3Two
EuropeThorbjorn Olesen-3One
EuropeSergio Garcia-1Three
EuropeHenrik Stenson-1Two
EuropeAlex Noren+1Two
U.S.Webb Simpson+1Two
U.S.Bubba Watson+1Two
U.S.Phil Mickelson+2One
U.S.Bryson DeChambeau+3Two

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