Ryder Cup: Our guide to European and US teams


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.

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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.

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United States Ryder Cup squad, player by player

Collin morikawa
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.

Dustin Johnson
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.

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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.