The Ryder Cup Teams (If It Was Played Tomorrow)

    • The Ryder Cup kicks off in Hazeltine on the 27th September.
    • These are the projected teams that would qualify if the tournament was tomorrow.

 

Team USA

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World ranking and Ryder Cup win percentage (*rookie):

1. Jordan Spieth (1st) 62.5%
2. Brandt Snedeker (14th) 33.2%
3. Dustin Johnson (8th) 57.1%
4. Zach Johnson (15th) 50%
5. Rickie Fowler (4th) 31%
6. Phil Mickelson (29th) 46.3%
7. Kevin Kisner* (17th)
8. Jason Dufner (67th) 75%
9. Patrick Reed (9th) 87.5%
10. Brooks Koepka* (19th)
11. J.B. Holmes (22nd) 83%
12. Bubba Watson (6th) 27.2%

Who is missing?

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      • Jim Furyk
      • Jimmy Walker
      • Matt Kuchar
      • Kevin Na
      • Justin Thomas

In my opinion Furyk will miss out this year, he is still injured and a comeback in May might leave him with too much work to do. I can’t see Jimmy Walker not making the team. This leaves a toss up between Kevin Na and Justin Thomas. Na is notoriously hard to play with and Thomas is showing an unrivalled determination to play, he recently said winning the Ryder Cup meant more to him than winning a Major. Brown nose much?

Will Jason Dufner retain his form? Can Phil Mickelson leave a mark in the coming months? These are the questions Team USA will have to ask when it comes down to the wildcard selections.
 

Team Europe

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World ranking and Ryder Cup win percentage (*rookie):

1. Rory McIlroy (2nd) 57.1%
2. Andy Sullivan* (28th)
3. Danny Willett* (13th)
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick* (44th)
5. Victor Dubuisson (37th) 83.3%
6. Chris Wood* (40th)
7. Kristoffer Broberg* (68th)
8. Henrik Stenson (5th) 54.5%
9. Thorbjørn Olesen* (57th)
10. Søren Kjeldsen* (41st)
11. Thomas Pieters* (60th)
12. Justin Rose (7th) 71.43%

Who is missing?

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      • Sergio Garcia
      • Shane Lowry
      • Russell Knox
      • Martin Kaymer
      • Ian Poulter

Sergio Garcia is almost certain to make the team. Shane Lowry and Russell Knox are in great form but play most of their golf in America, the complicated points system will put them in contention soon enough. This leaves Kaymer and Poulter. I can’t imagine a Ryder Cup without the Englishman, he has one of the greatest records in history – 18 matches bringing home 13 points – and he didn’t disappoint as a wildcard in 2014.

I think Kjeldsen, Olesen, Broberg and Pieters – the crop of indistinguishable continental golfers – will move out of the ‘projected’ team. I would recommend imagining a side with Garcia, Lowry, Knox and Poulter in their place.
 

Average World Ranking of projected teams:

 

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Average Age:

 

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Average Ryder Cup Win Percentage:

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America’s chances are looking very good. The danger for Europe is that many of their most experienced guys will be played out of contention by rookies; Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey (illegible), Lee Westwood, the list of heavyweights who won’t make the team is enormous.

Davis Love III has the easier job, whilst Darren Clarke will have to make some very tough decisions. The beauty of this competition is that the better team doesn’t usually win. What do you think? Who have I missed?