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Ryder Cup: Player-by-player guide to Team USA


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he USA will be hoping to put their torrid recent Ryder Cup record behind them as they take on Team Europe at Whistling Straits.

The Americans claimed victory the last time the event was stage on US soil at Hazeltine in 2016, but that win represents their only success in the last five renewals.

As is so often the case, the Americans appear to have the upperhand, with nine of the top 11 players in the world rankings on their side.

But can these men deliver when it counts?

  • World ranking: 3
  • Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 (won-lost-halved)

The biggest talent to emerge on the global scene since the last Ryder Cup three years ago, Morikawa already has two Major titles to his name, having won the 2020 PGA Championship and this year’s Open.

Both of those triumphs came on debut at the respetive events, making him the first player to ever win more than one Major at the first time of asking.

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  • World ranking: 2
  • Ryder Cup record: 7-9-0

Finished a stellar 2020 in which he won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup with victory at Augusta in November’s delayed Masters, but hasn’t matched that form this year, winning just once, on the European Tour, and missing the cut at the Masters and PGA Championship.

Overall Ryder Cup record took a pummelling at Le Golf National, where he lost four of his five matches, but prior to that had been a leading performer for Team USA on his three previous appearances.

  • World ranking: 7
  • Ryder Cup record: 0-3-0

Controversial figure, won his maiden Major at last year’s US Open and is sure to bring fireworks, whether with his huge driving or in-fighting with rival turned teammate Brooks Koepka.

Was a captain’s pick three years ago and lost all three of his matches, including when partnered by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but is a better player now.

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