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.
USA Ryder Cup team 2021
|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|
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.
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.
DeChambeau’s first major win came at the 2020 U.S. Open. He finished this season with two wins and nine top 10 finishes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finau won his first PGA Tour event this year since 2016 — The Northern Trust — and also had eight top 10 finishes.
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.
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.
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: