2018 Ryder Cup Preview

September 25 2018 – AARON CAMILLERI

2018 Ryder Cup Preview
2018 Ryder Cup Preview

The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches, a bi-annual competition between the best of America versus Europe. Each team features 12 players and the contest consists of three days and five rounds:

Day One and Day Two: Four Foursome (alternate-shot format) Morning Matches and Four Four-Ball (best-ball format) Afternoon Matches

Day Three: Twelve individual Match-Play Matches.

The United States won the last Ryder Cup in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club, which means if they earn a 14-point tie, they can retain the Cup; Europe needs 14 ½ points to win the Cup.

United States Team:

The U.S. team is decided with eight automatic spots which are based on points, and four captains picks. This years automatic qualifiers are:

Brooks Koepka

Dustin Johnson

Webb Simpson

Rickie Fowler

Jordan Spieth

Justin Thomas

Bubba Watson

Patrick Reed

Captain Jim Furyk Selected the following players with his 4 captain’s picks:

Bryson DeChambeau

Phil Mickelson

Tony Finau

Tiger Woods

Team Notes:

Tony Finau is the only rookie on the U.S. Team and the only player on the roster who did not win this season. Phil Mickelson will make his record 12th appearance in the Ryder Cup, dating back to 1995. At 48, Phil is also the oldest player on the team; the youngest being Jordan Spieth.

European Team:

Here are the eight automatic qualifiers for the European Team:

Tommy Fleetwood

Tyrell Hatton

Rory McIlroy

Francesco Molinari

Alex Noren

Thorbjørn Olesen

Jon Rahm

Justin Rose

European Captain Thomas Bjorn selected the following four players with his captain’s picks:

Henrik Stenson

Sergio Garcia

Ian Poulter

Paul Casey

Team Notes:

There are five rookies on this Ryder Cup team: Noren, Olesen, Rahm, Hatton, and Fleetwood. Sergio Garcia will make his 9th career appearance, and Ian Poulter, who has been a stalwart in this team competition, makes his first team since 2014.

Final Notes:

Although the United States team has been considerably stronger in regards to wins and world rankings, they have struggled in this event in recent years, with only three wins since 1999. Furthermore, the U.S. hasn’t won on European Soil in 25 years, which is also the last time they successfully defended the Cup. No matter what, it should be an exciting three days of golf for fans and players alike.

About the Course:

Le Golf National will host this event for the first time. With the exception of two years, it has been the host course for the Open de France since 1991, and is a favorite stop on the European Tour. It will also serve as the host for the Olympic games in 2024.