The Ryder Cup is starting on 24th September. It’s the absolute best event in more or less any sport and it is nearly here. We had the Solheim Cup a few weeks back and that was excellent, the Europeans handed it to the US on their own turf and it’s time for our brave European boys to follow suit.
The American team is stacked, as it always is. For the first time in 30 years (!) there’s no Woods and no Mickelson, not that either had especially great records but it does feel a bit like the end of an era. Although I wouldn’t put it past them being back next time somehow. There’s also no room in Steve Stricker’s wildcards for prize berk Patrick Reed who’s omission is down to suffering from ill health and being really unpopular, probably.
Fans of simmering in-house US tension needn’t worry though, there’s still Koepka and Dechambeau who absolutely hate each other. I’m secretly hoping that Stricker tries to defuse that one by putting them in a pair and hoping they work it out because it could be armageddon. I think DeChambeau is made for Ryder Cup golf, literally anything could happen. Overall it looks very much like your standard “bumble awkwardly through the four-handed stuff, smash the singles” US team.
|Collin Morikawa||Automatic qualifier|
|Dustin Johnson||Automatic qualifier|
|Bryson DeChambeau||Automatic qualifier|
|Brooks Koepka||Automatic qualifier|
|Justin Thomas||Automatic qualifier|
|Patrick Cantlay||Automatic qualifier|
|Daniel Berger||Captain pick|
|Harris English||Captain pick|
|Tony Finau||Captain pick|
|Xander Schauffele||Captain pick|
|Scottie Scheffler||Captain pick|
|Jordan Spieth||Captain pick|
Obviously we’re all pals over here in Europe so no similar worries. The Euro team will be completed this evening and there’s still 5 spots up for grabs. Rahm, McIlroy, Fleetwood, Hatton, Casey, Hovland and Fitzpatrick are in, or as good as in. The two final qualifying spots will go to two of Lowry, Wiesberger, Westwood or Rose, probably the first two. There’s plenty of candidates for the three wildcards though. You’d think that Poulter and Garcia are shoe-ins, which would perhaps leave it as a srtaight up battle between Westwood and Rose. As I type Westwood is absolutely hacking round the course which isn’t helping his chances.
Europe will be underdogs in the states but that’s how we like it. I don’t know a lot about Wiesberger but otherwise it looks like a properly GBOL. Got a feeling that Hovland is going to be the breakout star, feels like the sort of game and temperament that will thrive in the team evironment. Can’t wait!