12 Potential Future USA Ryder Cup Debutants

12 Potential Future USA Ryder Cup Debutants

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We take a look at which players from the USA could be making their debut in future Ryder Cups.

12 Potential Future USA Ryder Cup Debutants

The Ryder Cup is golf's biggest event, with 24 players from Europe and USA doing battle over three days of fierce competition.

It's not just the event that provides stiff competition, with the qualification process producing a tussle that only a certain amount of players will prevail in.

With that in mind, we take a look at 12 players from the USA who haven't featured in the Ryder Cup, but could do in the future.

12 Potential Future USA Ryder Cup Debutants

Billy Horschel (opens in new tab) - Horschel has been on the cusp of making the American squad for the last two tournaments, with the two-time WGC winner unlucky to not get a wildcard pick for the 2020 edition.

Having previously missed out on the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, despite claiming victory at the BMW Championship and the FedEx Cup, Horschel has gone on to just miss out in 2018 at Le Golf National and 2020 at Whistling Straits.

Having claimed victory at the 2021 WGC-Match Play, the American just missed out on automatic qualification and a captain's pick but, as his form continues to improve and remain consistent, it's only a matter of time before he makes his way into a Ryder Cup squad.

Sam Burns (opens in new tab) - Another player who was unlucky to not make Steve Stricker's 2020 squad was the impressive Sam Burns.

The young American enjoyed a breakthrough season on the PGA Tour in 2021, with eight top-10 finishes and his first Tour win at the Valspar Championship.

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Burns at the Valspar Championship. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

With Burns enjoying his most successful season to date, there's a very good chance we will see him at the next edition of the Ryder Cup in Italy in 2023.

Kevin Kisner (opens in new tab) - With victory at the Wyndham Championship, it seemed that there was a possibility that Kisner would be part of the team at Whistling Straits, especially with his matchplay record at the WGC-Match Play.

Having missed out in 2018, Kisner finished his 2020/21 season extremely well, and if he can carry that form over to 2021/22, then who knows? Perhaps we will see him on a Ryder Cup team.

Kevin Na (opens in new tab) - Along with Patrick Reed, Na was one of the surprise players to be left out of the Ryder Cup squad for Whistling Straits, with the American one of the form players at the conclusion of the FedEx Cup.

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Na at the Tour Championship. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Having picked up one victory in 2021, Na finished his season with six consecutive top-25 finishes, including two runner-up finishes and, had the event started at level, he would have won the Tour Championship at East Lake.

Will Zalatoris (opens in new tab) - Eight top-10's on the PGA Tour in the 2020/21 season leaves Zalatoris as an almost cert for the Ryder Cup going into the future.

Still well under the age of 30, the American has shown he is capable of performing on the big stage, claiming three top-10 finishes in Major championships, a phenomenal feat for someone inexperienced.

Max Homa (opens in new tab) - Homa enjoyed a successful 2020/21 season, claiming his second Tour win at the Genesis Invitational. Not only that, but at the opening PGA Tour event in the 2021/22 season, he made it a hattrick of PGA Tour victories.

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Homa, with Tiger Woods during the trophy presentation at the Genesis Invitational. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Had it not been for a poor finish to the last season, you could argue that he had a chance of a captain's pick but, as he continues to gain experience it's highly likely that Homa will feature in a future Ryder Cup.

Aaron Wise (opens in new tab) - After securing his first PGA Tour win in 2018, it seemed that Wise was going to carry on the superb form that we saw whilst he was at college.

Wise's form would dip slightly though, but he has found something during the 2020/21 season, with a runner-up finish at the Mayakoba Classic a standout.

Like Homa, Wise is really starting to establish himself on the PGA Tour, and could be a future player for team USA.

Maverick McNealy - The young American enjoyed his best season to date in 2020/21, with a runner-up finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am a real highlight.

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McNealy at Pebble Beach. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

McNealy, who was undefeated at the 2017 Walker Cup, will be looking to continue his rise in form, and a possible future Ryder Cup place in the future.

Matthew Wolff  (opens in new tab)- Still in his early 20's, Wolff is already a PGA Tour winner, and has a bright future ahead of him in the game.

Despite a shaky 2020/21 season, Wolff still has a lot of time on his hands, with the American already well established on the PGA Tour.

Akshay Bhatia (opens in new tab) - Not even in his 20's yet, Bhatia made a big impression on the PGA Tour in 2020/21, securing a top-10 finish at the Safeway Open.

In the process, he became the youngest player to finish in the top 10 of a stroke-play event on the PGA Tour since Justin Rose finished 4th in the 1998 Open Championship.

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Bhatia at Pebble Beach. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

With a bright future ahead of him, there's a high possibility we will see Bhatia at a Ryder Cup in the future.

Cole Hammer - One of the hottest prospects in the US game, Hammer has already featured in three US Opens and two Walker Cups.

Hammer, who is still in his early 20's, is set to make a big impact on the professional golfing when he relinquishes his amateur status.

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Hammer at the 149th Open Championship.(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Pierceson Coody - The former amateur world number one has a lot of college accolades behind him and has featured in the US Open before.

In 2020, Coody claimed the Western Amateur, which is considered by many to be the second-biggest prize in amateur golf.

Funnily enough, Coody is actually the grandson of the 1971 Masters champion, Charles Coody.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x