The Ryder Cup is one of the most famous events that professional golf lovers from all over the world love to enjoy. The Ryder Cup is mutually administered by the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe. Two teams usually join the tournament, one is from the USA, and another is from Europe.
Who is playing in the Ryder Cup 2021?
From the European side, some remarkable players, including Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy, Victor Perez, Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett, Lee Westwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Bernd Wiesberger (plus another three players), are going to play the Ryder Cup 2021.
In terms of the United States, the top players like Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, and Webb Simpson (plus another four players) are going to play the Ryder Cup 2021.
How is the Ryder Cup team chosen?
Both the United States and the European team consist of 12 players. There will be one non-playing captain and three non-playing assistant captains as well. Among the 12 players, 8 of them will be chosen automatically, and the captains will pick the remaining four players.
However, the first eight players who will be chosen automatically are ranked in position with their overall records. The selection usually begins in August. However, each captain will choose four more players at the beginning of November.
How are Ryder Cup players selected?
In terms of the European team, the team consists of the first four players from the European Points List, followed by the five players from the World Points List, leaving the captain to take three names to complete the line-up.
In terms of the USA, players are usually selected by determining their points. For example, in 2014, the top 9 players were chosen depending on the United States points system. However, Captain Tom Watson had also elected three different players in September 2014 to line up the team.
Ryder Cup 2021 Team USA
Dustin Johnson is a 35-year-old American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. In 2017, he became the “World Number One-ranked” golfer and remained unchanged for 64 consecutive weeks.
Justin Thomas is a 27-year-old American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, and also he was a former World Number One player. However, Thomas experienced a breakout year in 2017 by winning five PGA Tour events, including the PGA Championship, FedEx Cup championship, and his maiden major championship.
Xander Schauffele is a 26-year-old American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Schauffele was born in San Diego, California. His father has been the swing coach throughout his golf career.
Brooks Koepka is a 30-year-old American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. However, in October 2018, he became the “World Number One” in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the 2018 CJ Cup.
Other Players may Join the team are-
Patrick Nathaniel Reed is a 29-year-old American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He is a remarkable golf player for his victories in the 2018 Masters Tournament and 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Gray Woodland is a 36-year-old American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. Woodland has competed on the PGA Tour since 2009 and secured four wins. He is also best known for the longest hitter on tour.
Webb Simpson is a 34-year-old American professional golfer on the PGA Tour who won the 2012 US Open and the 2018 Players Championship.
Ryder Cup 2021 Team Europe
Thomas Paul Fleetwood is a 29-year-old English professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. Fleetwood has won five times on the tour.
Jon Rahm Rodríguez is a 25-year-old Spanish professional golfer. However, Rahm was regarded as the “number one” golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a record 60 weeks.
Tyrrell Glen Hatton is a 28-year-old English professional golfer. Hatton plays both on the European Tour and the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy MBE is a 31-year-old professional golfer from Northern Ireland. McIlroy is a member of both the PGA Tours and European Tours. However, McIlroy is the current world number one in the Official World Ranking.
Other Players may Join the Europe team are-
Victor Perez is a 27-year-old French professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. However, Perez is remarkable for his win in the 2019 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Daniel John Willett is a 32-year-old English professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. Willett won his first major championship at the 2016 Masters Tournament in April 2016.
Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick is a 25-year-old English professional golfer. Fitzpatrick won the 2013 U.S. Amateur. He made his first professional win in the 2015 British Masters.
Lee John Westwood OBE is a 47-year-old English professional golfer. Westwood is one of the best golfers who won tournaments on five continents, including Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, and victories on the European Tour and the PGA Tour.
Bernd Wiesberger is a 34-year-old Austrian professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. Wiesberger finished the 2019 season in third place on the Race to Dubai standings.
Do Ryder Cup captains get paid?
No. The captains do not get any payment for their role. They only receive some travel expenses for their role.
The world’s top performers play in the Ryder Cup. The players mentioned are considered to be the best golfers at this moment. The American players do not receive any direct payment for their place on the teams. But a deal was struck between the PGA of America and the players’ agents to donate $200000 to charity in the players’ name.