How Many Rookies Are There on U.S. Ryder Cup Team This Year?

Published 09/09/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship REUTERS/Paul Childs


USA Team captain Steve Stricker recently announced the team for the 2021 Ryder Cup. With the highest number of captain’s pick in the cup’s history, the 12-man American team has 6 rookies. This is the highest number since the team that won at the 2008 Ryder Cup in Valhalla.

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The Ryder Cup, jointly administered by the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe, is a biennial men’s golf tournament between teams from Europe and the USA. With the location alternating every edition between the two, this year it is being played at the Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, United States.

Jun 4, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Patrick Cantlay hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the conclusion of the rain-delayed first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

How are the Ryder Cup teams selected?

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For team USA, six golfers automatically qualify based on their ranking and performance in the past few seasons. The rest are up to the team captain’s choice – in this case, Steve Stricker. As for Europe, a total of nine golfers qualify automatically and the remaining three are up to the captain’s discretion.

Six American golfers will be making their debut this season; amongst them are Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Harris English, Daniel Berger, and Scottie Scheffler. While these are rookies, they are all experienced and high-ranked golfers, with Morikawa, Cantlay and Schauffele ranked in the top 10.

Stricker went on to choose the legendary Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples as the Vice Captains.

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The full American line-up

This is the list of the complete US Team for the tournament which is to be played in less than 2 weeks:

GolferPosition
Steve StrickerCaptain
Phil MickelsonVice captain
Fred CouplesVice captain
Collin MorikawaAutomatic qualifier
Dustin JohnsonAutomatic qualifier
Bryson DeChambeauAutomatic qualifier
Brooks KoepkaAutomatic qualifier
Justin ThomasAutomatic qualifier
Patrick CantlayAutomatic qualifier
Daniel BergerCaptain’s pick
Harris EnglishCaptain’s pick
Tony FinauCaptain’s pick
Xander SchauffeleCaptain’s pick
Scottie SchefflerCaptain’s pick
Jordan SpiethCaptain’s pick

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Europe’s qualifying will end this week with the BMW PGA Championship, after which the European Captain Padraig Harrington will announce his picks. Until then, which member that got left out of the US team will you miss the most?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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