Sergio García: Spain
Age: 41 WR: 41 RC: 9
Strengths: No player has earned more points in Ryder Cup history. His driving remains the envy of most players and seven rounds in the 60s during his last two tournaments.
Weaknesses: Garcia’s putting is not entirely trustworthy despite a good few weeks. There is also the story with European captain Padraig Harrington, who once described Garcia as “the antithesis of me”.
Ian Poulter: England
Age: 45 WR: 48 RC: 6
Strengths: The so-called European “factor” – so called for his infallible ability to score points – is another player who comes to life in the Ryder Cup. A fantastic short to medium range pressure putter.
Weaknesses: Poulter has never been the strongest ball forward, and his form heading into Ryder Cup week is modest. Only one world victory since the title of WGC-HSBC champion in 2012.
Shane Lowry: Ireland
Age: 34. WR: 40 RC: 0
Strengths: Blessed with a short game from heaven that might have opponents pulling their hair out in matchplay. While Whistling Straits isn’t a real connection, Lowry also has a strong track record on coastal courses and in windy conditions.
Weaknesses: Little recent form to speak of and may be subject to inconsistencies. Ranked 140th for strokes won on the PGA Tour last season.
United States Ryder Cup squad, player by player
Age: 24. World ranking: 3. Ryder Cups: 0
Strengths: Best iron player in the game – with the potential to be the best ever. It’s laughable to think of him as a rookie, with two majors under his belt.
Weaknesses: Has suffered a back injury and has not been in the top 25 in his last four events. His putting is streaked. Europeans will keep their donations to a minimum.
Age: 37. WR: 2. RC: 4
Strengths: Remains one of the best ball attackers and if he is in his day, then almost unbeatable. Reportedly won the USPGA at Whistling Straits in 2010, but for a heck of a rules.
Weaknesses: Brings no passion – or energy – to the teamroom. Only won one in five points in last game. Hard to believe he has a losing percentage.
Bryson De Chambeau
Age: 27. WR: 7. RC: 1
Strengths: Strength. Hits the ball from unprecedented distances and has the means to exploit that advantage. Great putter if his armlock method is in the mood.
Weaknesses: A loner who fell out with a few of that team – not just Koepka. With whom to associate it? Psyche seems extremely fragile at the moment.