- Date: Friday September 29 – Sunday October 1
- Location: Marco Simone Golf Club, Rome
- Teams: Europe v USA
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High quality in both teams as Europe look to regain trophy on home soil
Europe will be pulling out all of the stops to try to reclaim the trophy having been comprehensively beaten by the USA at Whistling Straits in 2021.
Luke Donald replaced Henrik Stenson as the European team captain following the Swede’s decision to join LIV Golf. Donald has named Francesco Molinari, Edoardo Molinari, Jose Maria Olazabal, Thomas Bjorn and Nicolas Colsaerts as his vice captains.
The first six players to secure their spots on the European team were confirmed after the Omega European Masters, with Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Robert MacIntyre earning their places through the European Points List. Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton, and Matt Fitzpatrick secured their spots via the World Points List. Luke Donald then unveiled his wildcard selections, introducing Aberg alongside Tommy Fleetwood, Nicolai Hojgaard, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, and Sepp Straka to complete Europe’s lineup.
Team Europe have decided they will not pick any LIV Golf players meaning that Ryder Cup legends Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were not considered.
Zach Johnson will be joined by vice-captains Stewart Cink, Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and Fred Couples.
Like Europe, Team USA will have six qualifiers and six captain’s picks and will be littered with top talent including potentially three of the four majors winners this summer.
Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas were announced as two of the six wildcard selections along with Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, and Jordan Spieth. Those selections join the team’s automatic qualifiers with Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark, Max Homa, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, and Patrick Cantlay, completing the 12-man roster.
Unlike Europe, the United States had decided include LIV Golf players, though in the end only US PGA winner Koepka was selected.
Europe will enjoy home advantage and undoubtedly have a high quality squad assembled, including, at the time of writing, three of the top five in the PGA rankings. There have been some impressive performances from some of the European team over the past couple of weeks, which has the bookies anticipating a closer contest that many predicted a month ago. However, it is very difficult to see past the strength in depth that Johnson has at his disposal, so the United States are expected to lift the trophy.
However, it must be noted that away wins are rare in the Ryder Cup and the USA have not won on European soil since 1993. Though with 10 of their 12 players in the world top 20 this could be the year for the USA to end that record.
Remember that in the event of a tie the previous winners, in this case the United States, retain the trophy. Given this we expect the USA to come away with the cup, either through their first outright win in Europe for 30 years or via a draw.
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