Why the Stakes Are Incredibly High on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team to Win This Year

Published 09/10/2021, 5:09 AM EDT
May 6, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Bryson DeChambeau watches his tee shot on 6 during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports


The 43rd Ryder Cup is just a couple of weeks away. And Team USA will compete against Team Europe at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, from September 24 to 26. However, the Ryder Cup was initially scheduled for 2020 and it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Meanwhile, top golfers from the USA and Europe will lock horns against each other for three days. Furthermore, both teams have a captain who takes all the decisions. This year, Steve Stricker is the Team U.S. captain, while Padraig Harrington is the skipper of Team Europe. Furthermore, Team U.S. has already confirmed their 12 players for the upcoming Ryder Cup, while Europe still hasn’t confirmed their squad yet.

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Interesting stat about team U.S. for the upcoming Ryder Cup

Steve Stricker recently announced the Team U.S. squad for the upcoming Ryder Cup and a fascinating stat about this team has come forward. This year’s Team U.S. is the youngest Ryder Cup team in the modern era. The average age of the Team U.S. is 29.4, which is unusual in golf. Moreover, it is the first time that Team USA’s average age is below 30.

Furthermore, this U.S. team is also the highest-ranked Ryder Cup team since the world golf rankings were introduced. The average OWGR of this team U.S. is 8.92. Moreover, this is also the first time that an average ranking of a Ryder Cup team is below 10. However, even though this team looks young on paper, they have a decent amount of experience of playing on the PGA Tour. 

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Team U.S. squad

Steve Stricker, the skipper of Team USA, recently announced a full 12 member squad. 

  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. Daniel Berger
  10. Tony Finau
  11. Harris English
  12. Scottie Scheffler 

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These twelve players will represent the U.S. in the upcoming Ryder Cup. Moreover, along with these twelve players, Steve Stricker has Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson as vice-captains of the side. Hence, these two legends will assist the skipper in making decisions and managing this young team. So, In short, this will be the youngest and the highest-ranked Ryder Cup team in the OWGR era.

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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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