Steve Stricker Completes United States Ryder Cup 2021

Steve Stricker Completes United States Ryder Cup 2021

Europe has to play one more event

The 2020 Ryder Cup (Ryder Cup 2021) named as such after being postponed from a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic will take place in less than two weeks from Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin. The tournament is a three-day event, beginning on Friday, Sept. 24 and concluding on Sunday, Sept. 27.

With the conclusion of the Tour Championship last week, qualifying for the United States team was complete. The top-six golfers in the standings automatically qualified for the team, and then captain Steve Stricker could select six other golfers of his choosing.

The automatic qualifiers for the U.S. team are as follows, along with notable accomplishments from this past year: Collin Morikawa (2021 Open Championship and 2020 PGA Championship winner), Dustin Johnson (2020 Masters winner and FedEx Cup champion), Bryson DeChambeau (2020 U.S. Open winner), Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas (Players Championship winner), and Patrick Cantlay (2021 FedEx Cup champion).

Stricker’s captain’s selections that were announced this week make up the other half of the U.S. team.

Daniel Berger

Berger has four wins on the PGA Tour and is one of six Ryder Cup 2021 rookies. He won at Pebble Beach this year and had eight top-10 finishes on tour.

Harris English

Another rookie, English won twice on the tour this year and came in third at the U.S. Open.

Tony Finau

Finau claimed a victory at The Northern Trust, the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, and that likely pushed him over the top for Ryder Cup consideration. The victory was his first since 2016 with eight runner-up finishes in between.

Xander Schauffele

Schauffele had no wins on the PGA Tour this year but was consistent enough to finish fifth in the final FedEx Cup standings, and he also excelled in international competition earlier this year when he won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Scottie Scheffler

Scheffler earned his first Ryder Cup berth despite not yet having won on the PGA Tour, as his eight top-10 finishes provided enough consistency to impress Stricker.

Jordan Spieth

Spieth will play on his fifth Ryder Cup 2021 team (the most among the 12 team members) after having a bit of a career resurgence this year. He won for the first time since 2017 and was in contention at many other tournaments.

Among the snubs were Patrick Reed, a three-time team member who consistently played well enough in the event to be dubbed “Captain America.” But Reed struggled this summer and also recently came off a bout with double pneumonia, which kept him away from The Northern Trust and BMW Championship before returning to finish toward the bottom of the field at the Tour Championship. Kevin Na also made a late charge by scoring four top-eight finishes in his last six events plus tying for the lowest score on the course at the Tour Championship last week, but his overall body of work was lacking.

The European team is configured a bit differently—there are nine automatic qualifiers and three captain’s picks that will be selected by Padraig Harrington after the conclusion of this weekend’s BMW PGA Championship in England. Among the players already secured to be on Team Europe are Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, and Paul Casey.

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