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Ryder Cup teams 2021: Full list of USA, European golfers and captain picks for Whistling Straights

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Ryder Cup teams 2021: Full list of USA, European golfers and captain picks for Whistling Straights

The 2020-21 PGA Tour season has officially come to an end following the Tour Championship finale. But, your golf withdrawl will soon be fulfilled as the bi-annual Ryder Cup begins in two short weeks. 

The 2021 Ryder Cup gets under way Friday, Sept. 24 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 26. Twelve golfers will be chosen to represent Team USA and Team Europe as they compete in Whistling Straights, Haven, Wisconsin.

For Team USA, six golfers automatically qualified based on their performances from the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons, including majors and PGA Tour events. The other six golfers are chosen by the captains. This year’s team has six Ryder Cup rookies. For Team Europe, nine golfers automatically qualify, while the three remaining spots are chosen from captain’s picks.

Team Europe is entering this year’s Ryder Cup as the defending champion after its 17-1/2 to 10-1/2 win at Le Golf National in 2018.

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USA Ryder Cup team 2021

Golfer Position
Steve Stricker Captain
Phil Mickelson Vice captain
Fred Couples Vice captain
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

Collin Morikawa

Morikawa finished his 2021 season with two PGA Tour wins, including the Open, which was his second major win after he captured the PGA Championship title in 2020.

Dustin Johnson

Johnson also captured his second major title at the 2020 Masters Tournament at the end of last year. He was the reigning Tour Championship winner this year, and he finished eighth last weekend.

Bryson DeChambeau

DeChambeau’s first major win came at the 2020 U.S. Open. He finished this season with two wins and nine top 10 finishes.

Brooks Koepka

Although Koepka didn’t walk away with any major wins this season, the four-time major winner finished the season with one win and eight top 10 finishes, including getting runner-up at the PGA Championship.

Justin Thomas

Thomas also didn’t win an official major this year, but took the title at the infamous “non-major” the Players Championship. He also had seven top 10 finishes.

Patrick Cantlay

Cantlay has won the last two tournaments — the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship — and finished the season as number one of the FedEx Cup ranking. 

Daniel Berger

Berger still doesn’t have a major, but with four PGA titles to his name (including AT&T Pebble Beach this year) and eight top 10 finishes this year, he will play at his first Ryder Cup. 

Harris English

Entering his 10th year on tour, English captured two titles this year with eight top 10 finishes, including finishing third at the U.S. Open. He is also a rookie at this year’s Ryder Cup.

Tony Finau

Finau won his first PGA Tour event this year since 2016 — The Northern Trust — and also had eight top 10 finishes. 

Xander Schauffele

Even though Schauffele finished the year with no tour victories, he ended up fifth in the FedEx Cup rankings and had eight top 10 finishes. He also left Tokyo with the gold medal at the 2020 Olympics.

Scottie Scheffler

Scheffler has yet to capture his first PGA Tour title, but with eight top 10 finishes, he stood out at the top of the playing field this year. This is his first Ryder Cup.

Jordan Spieth

The three-time major winner and four-time Ryder Cup teammate got his first tour win since 2017 this year after having a couple year slump. He has appeared the most at the Ryder Cup out of the current team members.

European Ryder Cup team 2021

Auto qualifying has not yet finished for Team Europe. After this upcoming weekend’s BMW PGA Championship in the United Kingdom, the nine auto qualifiers will be official. Team captain Padraig Harrington will then choose the remaining three slots. Here’s the top contenders based on the world points:

Golfer Points
Jon Rahm 853.90
Rory McIlroy 466.09
Viktor Hovland 367.53
Paul Casey 323.10
Tyrrell Hatton 311.33
Matt Fitzpatrick 281.66
Tommy Fleetwood 259.91
Lee Westwood 258.95
Shane Lowry 239.41
Sergio Garcia 206.67

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