Ryder Cup 2021 – Who Are the Five Vice-Captains for Team U.S. and Team Europe?

Published 09/15/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
MEMPHIS, TN – AUGUST 06: Phil Mickelson gives a thumbs up to the crowd at the No. 18 green during the second round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, August 6, 2021 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


With the Ryder Cup to be played in less than two weeks, both sides are well prepared. The teams have been finalized, preparations and strategizing are in full swing, and the fans are waiting in anticipation.

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Let’s take a look at each of the five vice-captains from the US and Europe for the Ryder Cup 2021.

LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 16: The Ryder Cup is shown on the ninth hole during the European team photo shoot prior to the start of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club on September 16, 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Everything you need to know about the American Vice-Captains for Ryder Cup 2021

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Captain Steve Stricker announced Jim Furyk as his first vice-captain, back in 2019. The 51-year-old has previously served as the captain of the US team at the 2018 Ryder Cup. This will be his 11th appearance at the biennial tournament.

Next on the list are veterans Zach Johnson and Davis Love III. Love has had the remarkable experience of serving as team captain twice; in 2012 and 2016. This will be the ninth appearance for the 57-year-old. On the other hand, it will be the first time for Johnson to be a part of the backroom team. He has represented the U.S. in five Ryder Cup tournaments.

JERSEY CITY, NJ – AUGUST 19: Phil Mickelson of the United States on the 18th tee during the first round of the Northern Trust golf tournament on August 19, 2021 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Also in the non-playing squad are the legendary Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples. This edition will mark the end of a record-breaking 12 consecutive playing seasons for Mickelson. Couples, however, hasn’t been part of the team since his fifth appearance in 1997.

European Vice Captains

Captain Padraig Harrington announced Robert Karlsson as the first vice-captain in 2019. The experienced Swedish golfer had previously served the same role in the 2018 edition of the cup. In 2019, Harrington accidentally revealed Luke Donald as the other vice-captain. The British former world number 1 was also the vice-captain at the 2018 Cup, and in his five appearances to date, Europe has won all the titles.

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Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell are next on Harrington’s list. McDowell was also an assistant at the 2018 cup and has been a playing member on four occasions. Meanwhile, Martin Kaymer, the young and former world number 1, has represented Europe four times before. In 2012, he made headlines for his sinking a winning putt on the last day of the competition.

The most recent addition to the squad is Henrik Stenson. The first Swedish male to win a major, he is going to be a crucial member at the whistling straits.

Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 10, 2021 Sweden’s Henrik Stenson in action during the second round Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Europe enter as the defending champions, after their 17½–10½ victory in 2018. Which side do you think will emerge the stronger of the two this time?

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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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