Who Are The Ryder Cup Captains And Vice Captains 2021?

Who are the Ryder Cup captains for the 2021 event at Whistling Straits? Find out here

Ryder Cup Captain and Vice
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Who are the Ryder Cup Captains for the 2021 event at Whistling Straits? Find out here.

Ryder Cup Captains

The Captains for the 2021 Ryder Cup were announced in early 2019, with Padraig Harrington leading the European side, and Steve Stricker the Americans.

Europe Ryder Cup Captain

Three time Major winner Padraig Harrington (opens in new tab) was announced as Captain on 8th January 2019, with the event the first time that Harrington has captained a side.

Ryder Cup Captain and Vice

Harrington on the first tee during the 2018 Ryder Cup. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The 50-year-old has been Vice Captain at three consecutive Ryder Cups, winning in 2018 and 2014, but being beaten comfortably in 2016.

 

USA Ryder Cup Captain

The United States Captain is Steve Stricker (opens in new tab), who was announced on the 20th February. Just like Harrington, it will be the first time that he has captained the side.

Also like Harrington, Stricker has featured as Vice Captain in the last three Ryder Cups, with the last win coming on home soil in 2016 at Hazeltine.

Ryder Cup Captain and Vice

Stricker and Tiger Woods during the 2016 Ryder Cup. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/PGA of America via Getty Images)

 

Europe Ryder Cup Vice Captains

Harrington's five Vice Captains bring a good amount of experience to the fray, with the three-time Major winner picking players who have great memories of this event.

The trio of Robert Karlsson (opens in new tab), Luke Donald (opens in new tab) and Graeme McDowell (opens in new tab) all Vice Captained at Le Golf National in 2018, with Harrington accidentally revealing Donald as his second Vice-Captain in an interview.

Martin Kaymer (opens in new tab) and Henrik Stenson (opens in new tab) make up the remaining places, with their Vice Captain debuts coming at Whistling Straits.

Both men have significant memories of the Ryder Cup, with both holing the winning putts on one occasion, Stenson in his debut at the K Club in 2006, and Kaymer, famously, at Medinah in 2012.

Ryder Cup Captain and Vice

Kaymer holes the winning putt at Medinah. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America via Getty Images)

USA Ryder Cup Vice Captains

 

Like Harrington, Stricker will also have five Vice Captains alongside him.

In October 2019, the 54-year-old announced 2018 Captain, Jim Furyk (opens in new tab), as his first Vice Captain. He then revealed Zach Johnson (opens in new tab) and another former Captain, Davis Love III (opens in new tab), on the 11th May 2020.

On 1st September 2021, Stricker named his final two vice-captains, Phil Mickelson (opens in new tab) and Fred Couples (opens in new tab). After being named Vice Captain, it would be the first time Mickelson has missed playing in a Ryder Cup since 1995.

Ryder Cup Captain and Vice

Mickelson at the 1995 Ryder Cup. (Credit: Andrew Redington/ALLSPORT/Getty Images)
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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.


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