Ryder Cup teams 2021: Full list of USA, European golfers and captain picks for Whistling Straights

Ryder Cup teams 2021: Full list of USA, European golfers and captain picks for Whistling Straights

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.

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USA Ryder Cup team 2021

Golfer Position
Steve Stricker Captain
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

Collin Morikawa

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.

Dustin Johnson

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.

Bryson DeChambeau

DeChambeau’s first major win came at the 2020 U.S. Open. He finished this season with two wins and nine top 10 finishes.

Brooks Koepka

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.

Justin Thomas

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.

Patrick Cantlay

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. 

Daniel Berger

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. 

Harris English

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.

Tony Finau

Finau won his first PGA Tour event this year since 2016 — The Northern Trust — and also had eight top 10 finishes. 

Xander Schauffele

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.

Scottie Scheffler

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.

Jordan Spieth

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

Golfer Position
Padraig Harrington Captain
Paul Casey Automatic qualifier
Matt Fitzpatrick Automatic qualifier
Tyrrell Hatton Automatic qualifier
Tommy Fleetwood Automatic qualifier
Rory McIlroy Automatic qualifier
Viktor Hovland Automatic qualifier
Jon Rahm Automatic qualifier
Lee Westwood Automatic qualifier
Bernd Wiesberger Automatic qualifier
Sergio Garcia Captain’s pick
Shane Lowry Captain’s pick
Ian Poulter Captain’s pick

Paul Casey

This is the Englishman’s fifth Ryder Cup. Casey has yet to win a major, but finished in the top 10 seven times this year, including a tied for fourth finish at the PGA Championship.

Matt Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick was on the 2016 Team Europe team, but barely played. He hasn’t captured his first PGA Tour victory yet, but he has six international finishes in his career so far.

Tyrrell Hatton

After playing for Team Europe in 2018, Hatton will make his Ryder Cup return after finishing the season with four top 10 victories.

Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood has yet to win a major or his first PGA tournament, but he’s stayed at the top for the last few years. This season wasn’t his best, as he finished ranked number 137 in FedEx points and only had two top 10 finishes.

Rory McIlroy

This is McIlroy’s sixth consecutive Ryder Cup, and Team Europe has won four out of the five times he’s competed. The four-time major win finished his season with one victory and seven top 10 finishes.

Viktor Hovland

This is the 23-year-old’s first Ryder Cup. He captured his second PGA Tour victory this season at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, and ended the year ranked number five in FedEx points.

Jon Rahm

Rahm won his first major this season at the U.S. Open. He finished second in the FedEx Cup rankings, second at the Tour Championship and had 15 top 10 finishes.

Lee Westwood

This is Westwood’s 11th Ryder Cup appearance, which is tied with the most appearances with Sir Nick Faldo. The Englishman has played the second most matches behind Faldo.

Bernd Wiesberger

The Austrian hasn’t won a PGA Tour event yet and only had one top 10 finish, but his 10 international victories helped him get on this year’s team.

Sergio Garcia

Garcia is competing in his 10th Ryder Cup this year, where he has the most scored points in European team history. He captured his 11th PGA Tour victory this year.

Shane Lowry

This is Lowry’s first Ryder Cup appearance. He finished the season with four top 10 finishes, including tying for fourth at the PGA Championship.

Ian Poulter

This is Poulter’s seventh Ryder Cup, only missing the 2016 competition in recent years. He finished the season with three top 10 finishes.





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