Ryder Cup

A look at the United States Ryder Cup team

2018-09-26 17:38

Paris - A look at the 12 players who will defend the Ryder Cup for the United States, and try to win on European soil for the first time since 1993 in a week's time:

Dustin Johnson

Age: 34

World ranking: 1

Fourth Ryder Cup appearance (2010, 2012, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record (wins, losses, halves): 6-5-0

-The 2016 US Open champion has won three PGA titles for a third year in a row, capturing the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, the St. Jude Classic and the Canadian Open. He has won at least one title in each of his first 11 seasons, a feat only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have bettered. He has 15 top-10 finishes in 38 major starts, including third at this year's US Open. His laid-back style and long-driving skills have made him a fan favourite and he reclaimed the world No 1 ranking from Europe's Justin Rose last Sunday.

dustin johnson

Brooks Koepka

Age: 28

World ranking: 3

Second appearance (2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 3-1-0

- Has won three of the past seven major titles, taking his second consecutive US Open title in June at Shinnecock - the first to defend a US Open crown since 1989 - and capturing the 100th PGA Championship last month at Bellerive. And he missed the Masters with a wrist injury. Made an impressive Ryder Cup debut in US victory at Hazeltine.

brooks koepka

Justin Thomas

Age: 25

World ranking: 4

First appearance (2018)

- Last year's PGA Tour Player of the Year and top money winner, Thomas won four titles in 2017, including his first major at the PGA Championship, and the FedEx Cup season points crown. Followed up with wins at this year's Honda Classic and WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

Justin Thomas

Rickie Fowler

Age: 29

World ranking: 9

Fourth appearance (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 2-4-5

- Collected his first two Ryder Cup wins in 2016, beating Justin Rose 1-up in singles and winning in foursomes with Phil Mickelson. Has eight top-five major finishes without a victory, including second to team-mate Patrick Reed at this year's Masters. In 2014 he was top-five in all four majors but left them all empty-handed.

Rickie Fowler

Jordan Spieth

Age: 25

World ranking: 10

Third appearance (2014, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 4-3-2

- Three-time major winner has had a down PGA year by his standards, failing to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship and still winless since taking last year's Open to go with his 2015 Masters and US Open crowns. Still has eight top-fives in 24 major starts, including third at this year's Masters.

Jordan Spieth

Bubba Watson

Age: 39

World ranking: 14

Fourth appearance (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 3-8-0

- Two-time Masters champion enjoying his most successful campaign since 2014 with wins at Riviera, the WGC Match Play and Travelers Championship. Shot-shaping maestro was a 2016 Ryder Cup assistant captain.

Bubba Watson

Patrick Reed

Age: 28

World ranking: 15

Third appearance (2014, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 6-1-2

- Took his first major title in April at the Masters. Nicknamed "Captain America" for his flair and passion in Ryder Cup, going 3-0-1 in his debut at Gleneagles, hand aside ear after silencing hecklers, then went 3-1-1 to lead US scoring in 2016 win at Hazeltine, beating Rory McIlroy 1-up in a thrilling singles duel. 

Patrick Reed

Webb Simpson

Age: 33

World ranking: 16

Third appearance (2012, 2014, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 2-3-1

- Won this year's Players Championship by four strokes to end a five-year title drought. The 2012 US Open champion held onto the final automatic points qualifying spot by sharing 19th at the PGA Championship. Managed only his second top-10 in a major by sharing 10th at US Open.

Webb Simpson

Tiger Woods (wildcard pick)

Age: 42

World ranking: 13

Eighth appearance (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 13-17-3

-The 14-time major champion has excited golf fans by displaying top form for the first time in years in his comeback season after spinal fusion surgery. Woods finished second in August's PGA Championship and led in the final round of July's Open. He capped his campaign by claiming his first title since 2013 at the Tour Championship, but still hasn't won a major since the 2008 US Open. He is in red-hot form and his shotmaking promises to excite. Has a 4-1-2 record in Cup singles.

Tiger Woods

Bryson DeChambeau (wildcard pick)

Age: 25

World ranking: 7

First appearance (2018)

- Won back-to-back PGA playoff events after taking the Memorial title in June to secure a pick from US captain Jim Furyk. Wears an old-style Ben Hogan cap. Uses a book and method to figure breaks on greens when lining up putts. His irons and wedges are cut to the same length, 37.5 inches (0.953m). He's unique but passionate and figures to partner with Florida pal Woods.

Bryson DeChambeau

Phil Mickelson (wildcard pick)

Age: 48

World ranking: 25

Twelfth appearance (1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 18-20-7

- 'Lefty' has won five major titles among his 43 career PGA triumphs. He captured the Masters in 2004, 2006 and 2010, the PGA Championship in 2005 and the Open in 2013. Ended a win drought of nearly five years in March by capturing the WGC Mexico Championship, beating Thomas in a playoff with a par on the first extra hole. Needed a captain's pick but made his 24th consecutive USA Ryder or Presidents Cup squad, claiming all-time record of 12 Ryder Cups appearances.

Phil Mickelson

Tony Finau (wildcard pick)

Age: 29

World ranking: 17

First appearance (2018)

- The first player of Tongan and Samoan ancestry to play on the PGA Tour, Finau won his first tour title at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open. The cousin of NBA Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker had 10 top-10 finishes this year, including shares of 10th at the Masters (after dislocating an ankle on the eve of the event) and ninth at the British Open plus fifth at the US Open. Third in driving distance this season at more than 316 yards.

Tony Finau

All images: Getty/AP

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