USA or Europe: Which Team Will Win Ryder Cup 2020 and Why?

Published 09/23/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
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)


The Ryder Cup 2020 is just a couple of weeks away, and both the teams are all set to battle it out at the Whistling Straits. Meanwhile, Team Europe is the defending champion of this prestigious event and will be hopeful of retaining the trophy. However, Team USA will look to get the cup back and show the world that they still are the best-golfing nation.

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Moreover, the Ryder Cup is a prestigious event which played every alternate year. The previous Ryder Cup was played in 2018, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ryder Cup is happening after two years. But who is the favorite to lift this prestigious trophy this time? Let us find out.

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Who has a better chance of winning the 2021 Ryder Cup?

Sep 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after making a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Both the team USA and Europe have arrived at the venue and have started their preparations. So, if we look at the sides on paper, both teams are equally well equipped. However, given the quality and variety in the squad, the Team USA has a slight edge over Europe.

Yes, this USA team has plenty of rookies who don’t have any Ryder Cup experience. But given the quality of these players, they will manage the expectations and pressure well. Meanwhile, when it comes to the power game, the USA has Bryson DeChambeau, and no one can match his speed and distance when he is in full flow.

Moreover, the USA also has some of the top iron players, like Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Justin Thomas. However, in Team Europe, apart from Jon Rahm, no other player gives the confidence of perfect iron play. Hence, Europe requires a collective team performance, and even a single off day for anyone player can cost them.

September 21, 2021; Kohler, Wisconsin, USA; Team Europe poses for a photo during a practice round for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, even though Europeans have won nine of the last twelve Ryder Cups, it is an undeniable fact that the Team USA has an incredible record at home. Moreover, the three wins in the previous 12 Ryder Cups have come on American soil. Hence, they have won four of the last five contests in the United States. Furthermore, Europe has only three times on American soil for the past 30 years. 

Meanwhile, Team USA has more players in form, and it’s hard to find a weakness in this side. Patrick Cantlay won four times this season, and Tony Finau won the Northern Trust. While Xander Schauffele won a gold medal and Collin Morikawa the Open Championship. Furthermore, Koepka, English, Berger, DeChambeau, Justin, and Jordan have also won the PGA Tour in 2021. 

Hence, even though the side looks rookie and has less experience, they are favorites this time around to lift the trophy.  

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Team U.S. and Team Europe

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Team U.S.

  1. Collin Morikawa
  2. Dustin Johnson
  3. Bryson DeChambeau
  4. Justin Thomas
  5. Brooks Koepka
  6. Patrick Cantlay
  7. Jordan Spieth
  8. Xander Schauffele
  9. Tony Finau
  10. Harris English
  11. Daniel Berger
  12. Scottie Scheffler

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Team Europe

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  1. Jon Rahm
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Paul Casey
  4. Matt Fitzpatrick
  5. Tyrrell Hatton
  6. Tommy Fleetwood
  7. Viktor Hovland
  8. Lee Westwood
  9. Bernd Wiesberger
  10. Sergio Garcia
  11. Ian Poulter
  12. Shane Lowry

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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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