Ryder Cup: Team USA Has Just One Spot to Fill After Five Rumored Captain’s Picks

Published 09/04/2021, 3:45 PM EDT
Aug 27, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the first hole during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


The 43rd Ryder Cup is just around a month away and Team USA will compete against Team Europe at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, from September 24 to 26. U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker will name his six captains to pick on September 8th. But it looks like five spots have already been decided, and only one remains a mystery.

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Meanwhile, Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Patrick Cantlay have already made it to the team as automatic qualifiers. Moreover, it is crystal clear, the four players, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau, and Harris English, are getting the call for the Ryder Cup. And according to golf digest the world, no.18, Daniel Berger gave a subtle hint of his participation. 

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“I’ve talked to Strick a bunch of times this week,” said Berger. Moreover, he also said that he is in a great position and he has played great golf in the last two years. And finally, he said, ” (Stricker and I) texted here and there throughout the week. His message has been that he wants me on the team.”

If his words are to be believed, then five of those six spots are already confirmed. And the entire fight now is only for the final 12th spot with around four players in contention. 

Players fighting for the final spot in the Team U.S. for the upcoming Ryder Cup

Jun 17, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Patrick Reed waves after his putt on the second green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

1. Patrick Reed – Patrick Reed has a fantastic Ryder Cup history apart from France. He is the lone American to hold a winning record in the competition at 7-3-2. But looking at his recent struggle with health, and form it is not easy for him to convince Stricker. 

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2. Scottie Scheffler – The 25-year-old finished 14th in the Ryder Cup points race. However, he still believes that he can perform well at the Ryder Cup. “I don’t think playing good golf here or the last couple of events would equate to playing good in the Ryder Cup,” said Scheffler. 

3. Sam Burns – Sam Burns has had a great season. He has won the Valspar Championship and achieved runner-up finishes at the AT&T Byron Nelson and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. But he said he is still not sure as to what might happen. “I think Captain Stricker has a pretty good idea of what the team is gonna look like at this point,” said Burns.“Obviously, I’m going to try to play my best, but I don’t know.”

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4. Kevin Na – Na is one of the most underrated golfers on the PGA Tour. What makes Kevin Na a special player is his short game skills. He can get up and down from anywhere on the course. “I haven’t texted Stricker once,” Na said. However, he further said that he doesn’t want to bug him but wants to be on the team as bad as anyone. 

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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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