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All You Need to Know About the 2023 Ryder Cup

All You Need to Know About the 2023 Ryder Cup

Team USA

The Americans will have Zach Johnson as their captain, assisted by five vice-captains: Stewart Cink, Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, and Steve Stricker.

Team USA Qualification Criteria

  • Top six players to automatically qualify from the Ryder Cup points list, which is the Prize Money Won List accrued from the four majors and all PGA Tour events. The 2023 top six qualifiers are Wyndham Clark, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Max Homa, Patrick Cantlay, and Brian Harman.
  • Six Captain picks that include Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Sam Burns, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, and Brooks Koepka.

Key Players to Watch Out for in Team USA

  • Scottie Scheffler

Reigning world number one golfer Scottie Scheffler will play a vital role for Team USA. The 2022 Masters Tournament winner has one Ryder Cup appearance, recording 2-0-1 out of 3 matches.

  • Jordan Spieth

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth holds crucial Ryder Cup experience. In his four appearances, the American star boasts an impressive 8-7-3 record from 18 matches played.

  • Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka is a golf star in his own right, having won an incredible five majors within six years. The golfer’s Ryder Cup resume is equally impressive, with a 6-5-1 record from 12 matches played in 3 appearances.

Who are the Favorites?

By history, Team USA has the upper hand, having won 27 of the last 43 Ryder Cup tournaments compared to Team Europe’s 14. Most recently, the Americans have also proved fierce opponents, considering their 2021’s 19-9 thrashing of Team Europe at Whistling Straits. Nonetheless, the Europeans have the home advantage in the 2023 tournament, and will seek to continue their strong home run. It will be interesting to see the likes of Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler battle it out once more for their teams on arguably the biggest tournament in golf.

Final Thoughts

The Ryder Cup is always exciting as two powerful continents take to the battlefield in the ultimate showcase of supremacy. We also witness the best world golfers from both sides of the divide challenging each other for the crown. The 2023 edition of the tournament at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club promises to be the best yet, and we cannot wait for the first tee-off time on 29th September!