Does Team USA Have Enough Talent to Overthrow the Europeans at the Ryder Cup?

Published 09/10/2021, 10:15 AM EDT
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. in action on the green during the second round REUTERS/Paul Childs


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. Meanwhile, Team Europe is the defending champion and will be hopeful of retaining the trophy, while Team USA will look to get back the trophy to American soil. 

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Ryder Cup is a prestigious event, and every player wants to be a part of the team. However, not all golfers can make it to the team as the squad limit for the event is 12 players. And Steve Stricker, the captain of the Team U.S. has already announced the 12 member squad for the upcoming Ryder Cup. So, let us have a look at the team and see whether they have enough firepower and talent this time to lift the trophy. 

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Does Team U.S. have the firepower to get past Team Europe?

Aug 19, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Bryson DeChambeau watches his approach shot on the 17th hole during the first round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Stricker recently announced a full 12 member squad for the upcoming Ryder Cup. And this time, the team U.S. is the youngest and the highest-ranked Ryder Cup team in the OWGR era. But does this team have the firepower to defeat team Europe? 

Stricker’s side looks formidable. And it does have the potential to give Europe a hard time out there. However, there are a few issues on the side that could haunt this team. And that’s where Steve Stricker and his assistants Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson will have a role to play.  

The issues that this team is facing are players like Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele are not in the best of their forms. Both these players have not been in sync with their game since the Tokyo Olympics 2020. So, if they continue to perform the same way, then Team USA will have a hard time out there.  

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Moreover, this team USA looks slightly inexperienced when compared to the previous ones. And this could turn out to be a blessing or even a curse, depending on how temperamentally strong these players are. Hence, it will be interesting to see how these players handle the pressure of the prestigious event. 

Team U.S. for the upcoming Ryder Cup

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

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So, if these players can play and perform to their potential like they usually do, then this team does have the firepower in them to win the Ryder Cup. However, for that to happen, Stricker needs to resolve the issues and hope that players like Morikawa get back in their original form. 

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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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