Top 5 Golfers Who Were Snubbed From the U.S. Team for the Upcoming Ryder Cup

Published 09/09/2021, 11:47 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Patrick Reed of the United States looks on. REUTERS/Toby Melville


The 43rd Ryder Cup is all set to begin on September 24 at the Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, where Team U.S. will lock horns against Team Europe. The latter is the defending champion of this event and will be hopeful of retaining the trophy this time around as well.  

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Ryder Cup is a prestigious event, and every player wants to be a part of the team. However, not all players can make it to the team as the squad limit for the event is 12 players. So let us have a look at the top five players who couldn’t make it to the team USA for the upcoming Ryder Cup. 

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Top 5 players who were snubbed from Team U.S. 

Kevin Na – Kevin Na wasn’t in contention for most of the year. However, his recent hot streak in the FedExCup playoffs had got a few eyeballs towards him. Na had four top-eight finishes in six starts, and he carded the low 72-hole score at the Tour Championship. But his poor record off the tee and driving distance likely didn’t help his cause. 

Sep 2, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Kevin Na plays a shot from a bunker on the first hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Reed – Patrick Reed has been with the team USA since making his first appearance in 2014. However, this experience was not enough to get a place in the Ryder Cup. Moreover, his recent form has not been the best either, as Reed hasn’t registered a top-10 finish since early June. Furthermore, his scary bout with double pneumonia just weeks ago probably didn’t help his cause either. 

Webb Simpson – Webb Simpson was 13th in the Ryder Cup standings. However, he didn’t make it to the Tour Championship this time. But he has had six top 10s and 13 top 25s in 21 starts last season. Very few players were as consistent as the Simpson, but in a year when team U.S. went young, there wasn’t a spot for Simpson. 

Sam Burns – Sam Burns had a breakout season in 2021, earning his first Tour victory and notching eight top 1-s in 26 starts. However, sadly, his Ryder Cup candidacy never got a buzz, and he was left out of the team. 

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Kevin Kisner – Kevin Kisner has proven himself in match play competitions during his career. However, his form in 2021 never gave him the candidacy for the Ryder Cup. He did earn a win just a few weeks ago at Wyndham Championship, but his ball-striking deficiencies over last year or so hurt his chances. 

Team U.S. for the upcoming Ryder Cup

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. holds up his ball to the spectators on the eighteenth hole during the second round REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

These are the top five players who were top contenders to make it to the Ryder Cup team. Meanwhile, Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau, and Scottie Scheffler have made it to the team U.S. for the upcoming Ryder Cup. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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