Bunker Mentality

Who’s in form for the Ryder Cup?

Bunker Mentality

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Europe's Lee Westwood finished dead last in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club

With all of the American Ryder Cup team and most of the European line-up in attendance at the Tour Championship, we take a look at how the challengers fared at East Lake ahead of the biennial matchplay tournament.

You should also check out the five things we learned from the Tour Championship and further analysis from the tournament with an eye on the Ryder Cup here.

Riding high

Brandt Snedeker, of course, is carrying huge momentum from his near-flawless victory into the Ryder Cup.

His Sunday playing partner, Justin Rose, can also claim some juice from a finish that was very close to Snedeker for most of the weekend.

And Luke Donald made a late charge to end up tied for third; that's good news for the Euro squad.

Middle of the road

Several big names missed opportunities to make a significant impact at the Tour Championship, among them Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk.

Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson both faltered on Sunday after strong early rounds.

In the ditch

It was a flat-out miserable week for Lee Westwood, who finished the Tour Championship in dead freakin' last place, 25 strokes behind Snedeker.

Keegan Bradley, Steve Stricker and Jason Dufner never really got going, all finishing deep in the black numbers.

And based on where he started the week, Phil Mickelson's finish at +1 has to be a disappointment.

Rory McIlroy also falls into this category; he had the FedExCup in his hands and let it slip away.

Not present

A good chunk of the Euro delegation wasn't in Atlanta. Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari and Ian Poulter all either missed out on the Tour Championship or decided not to play in it at all. Will the rest help? We'll have to wait and see...

Jay Busbee, Yahoo! Sports

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