The Ryder Cup teams are almost complete, here we take a look at how they are shaping up...


Ryder Cup Teams 2018: Le Golf National

The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National is almost upon us.

Held in continental Europe for only the second time in its history, the Ryder Cup will take place between the 28-30 of September.

Both sides have 12 players after Jim Furyk selected his final wildcard pick earlier this week.

Furyk named his first three wildcard picks on 4th September, as Bryson DeChambeau, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and then added Tony Finau to the US team after the BMW Championship.

Thomas Bjorn named his four wildcards and chose Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

Here is how the teams look…

Ryder Cup Teams – Europe

Francesco Molinari

Hottest player on the planet right now winning three times in the past few months at the PGA Championship at Wentworth, Quicken Loans Classic and The Open Championship at Carnoustie. An incredibly consistent player.

Justin Rose

Rose is another consistent performer. Currently number 1 in the world after a tied 2nd at Carnoustie, Rose won earlier this year at the Fort Worth Invitational and has regularly been in the top-10 since then.

Tyrell Hatton

In 2017 he won two tournaments in a row, the Alfred Dunhill Links, and the Italian Open and has since struggled to find the winners circle. However he did have a tied 6th at the US Open this year. Would be a Ryder Cup rookie.

Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood got his 2018 off to a bang with a win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and has had top 10’s at the Players Championship and US Open. Currently 12th in the world.

Jon Rahm

Rahm has won twice this year at the Career Builder Challenge and Open De Espana but he has missed the last two cuts at Majors. However he is seventh in the world and had a tied 5th at the HNA Open de France which is held at Le Golf National. Don’t be surprised if he gets paired with an experienced Ryder Cup player like Sergio Garcia.

Rory McIlroy

Coming off a second place at The Open, McIlroy will definitely play in Paris. Occasionally his putting lets him down but he has shown on more than one occasion that he raises his game for the Ryder Cup. He has also had a win this year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Alex Noren

Noren recently won the HNA Open de France held at the 2018 Ryder Cup course so clearly it suits his eye and his game. On good form the Swede is certainly going to be in the team.

Thorbjorn Olesen

The Dane has had a wonderful second half of the season and Thomas Bjorn was delighted that he had a fellow countryman as part of the team.

Thorbjorn Olesen and Thomas Bjorn

Wildcard picks – 

Paul Casey

The Englishman will be making his first Ryder Cup appearance in 10 years at Le Golf National after being Thomas Bjorn’s first wildcard pick.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio has had a poor year by his standards but has the experience and Ryder Cup pedigree to help Bjorn’s European side as they attempt to win back the trophy.

Ian Poulter

The Postman has been so crucial for Europe’s Ryder Cup teams down the years and is back again for his sixth appearance in the biennial match and first since 2014 after missing Hazeltine two years ago with a foot injury.

Henrik Stenson

The Iceman is one of the world’s finest ball strikers and will play in his fifth Ryder Cup after being Thomas Bjorn’s final wildcard pick. The Swede will likely be paired with Justin Rose or compatriot and rookie Alex Noren.

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Ryder Cup Teams – USA

Brooks Koepka

US Open champion and currently sits top of the US rankings for qualification points.

Dustin Johnson

World number 1 who won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Fedex St Jude Classic this year. Also had a third place at the US Open.

Patrick Reed

Masters champion and is a player who lives for the Ryder Cup. Expect him to continue his at times dominant partnership with Jordan Spieth in Paris.

Justin Thomas

Thomas got to world number 1 this year albeit for only a couple of weeks, but the achievement shows his consistency at performing at the highest level. He has one victory this year that came at the Honda Classic.

Bubba Watson

Watson is arguably the hottest American on tour right now after winning three times this year alone. He won the Genesis Open, WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay and the Travellers Championship which shows he is in good form in 2018.

Jordan Spieth

Spieth may not have won this year, but he put in a good performance at The Open and has shown at the last couple of Ryder Cups just how he raises his game for the event. Your team is always better off when you have a player who can putt as well as Jordan Spieth.

Rickie Fowler

Like Spieth, Fowler has also failed to get into the winners circle in 2018; his last victory came at the tail end of 2017 at the Hero World Challenge. That being said, he had another second place at The Masters and knocked on the door at the Scottish Open too. Fowler is unstoppable when he gets going.

Webb Simpson

Simpson won at The Players this year holding off a challenge from Tiger Woods, and also secured a top 10 at the US Open. He has not played in the Ryder Cup since 2014.

Wildcard picks –

Bryson DeChambeau

The Golfing Scientist has won three times on the PGA Tour in 2018 and risen up to a career-high seventh in the world.

Tiger Woods

The 14-time major winner has had a brilliant comeback year so far in 2018 and will make his first Ryder Cup appearance in six years. He hasn’t had a victory but has two second place finishes including one at the USPGA. He was also T6th at the Open.

Phil Mickelson

Lefty will be making his 12th straight Ryder Cup appearance after receiving one of Jim Furyk’s first three wildcard picks. In March of 2018 he won the WGC-Mexico Championship for his first victory since the 2013 Open. He became the oldest winner of a WGC event.

Tony Finau

Jim Furyk’s final wildcard pick was current world number 15, Tony Finau. The third Ryder Cup rookie in the American team, it has been a brilliantly consistent year for the golfer of Tongan and Samoan descent. He had top 10’s at three of the Majors and had top 10’s in each of the first three Fedex Cup playoff events.

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