A veteran of six Ryder Cups as a player, Davis Love III also served as an assistant captain to Corey Pavin in the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales and was the Captain for the 2012 matches at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. Love, the 1997 PGA Champion, is a 21-time winner on the PGA Tour. With his victory in the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Love became the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history. With his 2016 Captaincy, Love became just the eighth man in history to serve a stint as U.S. Captain on more than one occasion and evened the score with a victory at Hazeltine after the crushing defeat at Medinah.
Outside of Phil Mickelson, no player has made more starts in Ryder Cup play for the U.S. than Furyk. An astounding nine times, Furyk has teed it up for the red, white and blue, compiling a 10-20-4 record. Like Mickelson, this U.S. mainstay is sure to be a future captain. But before that happens, Furyk would love to be on the winning side as a player for a third time in his career. A 17-time PGA Tour winner through 2015, Furyk missed time in the 2015-16 season as he recovered from a wrist injury. He tied for second in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Lehman, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour and a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions, was the winner of the 1996 Open Championship. In 2006, Lehman was the U.S. Captain at the K Club, which the American's lost 18 1/2- 9 1/2. Along with his abundance of Ryder Cup experience as a player on three occasions and as a past Captain, Davis Love III was hopeful that Lehman's ties as a native Minnesotan would pay dividends for the Americans with the home crowd at Hazeltine. They did.
A 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, Steve Stricker has made three appearances for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup. Stricker's first Ryder Cup start came in 2008 at Valhalla, which also happened to be the last time the Americans won the biennial matches until 2016 at Hazeltine. Stricker continues to excel on the PGA Tour, even while playing an abbreviated schedule to spend more time at home with his family. He finished fourth in the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon, his second-best finish ever in a major, behind only his runner-up showing in the 1998 PGA Championship at Sahalee.
United States Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III surprised many on Sept. 26 appointing Bubba Watson his fifth and final Vice Captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Watson, the No. 7-ranked player in the world at the time, had been passed on as a Captain's Pick. The 37-year-old is a three-time Ryder Cup veteran (2010, ’12, and ’14) that played for Love during the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, finishing 2-2-0. Watson has also represented the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics and in two Presidents Cups (2011, ’15). This was Watson’s first stint as a Vice Captain. The two-time Masters Champion joined fellow United States Vice Captains Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods, each of whom was appointed by Love last year.
A winner of an incredible 79 events on the PGA Tour, including 14 major championships -- which is second-best all-time -- Woods is seemingly a lock to be a future Captain and got his first crack as a Vice Captain under Davis Love III at Hazeltine. Woods has himself appeared in seven Ryder Cups, having missed out on a chance to compete in 2008 and 2014. In his seven starts as a player, Woods has been a member of the winning side just once. That was in 1999 when the U.S. completed a miracle come-from-behind final day victory at the Country Club in Brookline. Woods missed the entire 2015-16 PGA Tour season recovering from back surgery. His last top 10 came in his last start on the PGA Tour -- a T10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship.
Fowler snagged two points in three matches for the Americans in their win at Hazeltine -- the first USA victory since 2008 at Valhalla. It was the third Ryder Cup appearance for Fowler, a Captain's Pick. 2016 also marked Fowler's first outright Ryder Cup win -- 1-up in the opening foursomes session on Day 1 with teammate Phil Mickelson -- over Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan. Fowler and Mickelson were downed 4&2 by McIlroy and Thomas Pieters in Saturday's morning foursomes session before Fowler went out and won his singles match against Justin Rose, 1 up. This was the first time Fowler was on a winning Ryder Cup team.
Holmes was the only American veteran on the 2016 squad that had never been on a losing squad. In his only previous Ryder Cup, Holmes was a part of the winning side in 2008 at Valhalla in his home state of Kentucky. This Captain's Pick went 1-2 at Hazeltine. His lone match victory was key to a monster Saturday afternoon fourball session for the USA. He and teammate Ryan Moore took down the European duo of Danny Willett and Lee Westwood, 1 up that helped the Americans to a 9 1/2-6 1/2 lead going into singles.
The No. 2-ranked player in the world and reigning U.S. Open champion went a respectable 2-2-0 at Hazeltine in his first Ryder Cup since 2012. Johnson overpowered Hazeltine with his booming drives. He and teammate Matt Kuchar were the anchor match in the first session foursomes on Friday and collected an easy 5&4 win over Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters, helping the U.S. to its first 4-0 opening-session sweep since the 1975 Arnold Palmer-led American team turned the trick.
This gritty veteran who was playing in his fifth Ryder Cup, posted a 2-1-0 record at Hazeltine. His Ryder Cup got off to an amazing start, as he and Jimmy Walker downed the formidable European pair of Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer 4&2 in the opening day's foursomes session. Johnson defeated Matthew Fitzpatrick in singles on Sunday, 4&3, and was still on the course in his match when Ryan Moore clinched the 2016 Ryder Cup up ahead of him. Johnson was not a member of the 2008 American team and, therefore, this was his first Ryder Cup victory.
There were high hopes for this Ryder Cup rookie going into Hazeltine and he did not disappoint. Koepka overpowered Hazeltine -- and his opponents -- with his remarkable long game, compiling an impressive debut record of 3-1-0. His three points collected for the USA tied him for second-best on the team. Koepka put an exclamation point on his brillant week with a 5&4 rout of Masters champion Danny Willett in Sunday's singles matches. This was the largest margin of victory in the singles session.
This Captain's Pick, in his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup start, went 2-2-0 at Hazeltine. The highlight of the week for Kuchar was a 2&1 fourballs victory alongside Phil Mickelson on Saturday over the pair of Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia. In a successful career on the PGA Tour, this marked Kuchar's first win in a Ryder Cup.
No player was under more pressure to perform than Mickelson at the 2016 Ryder Cup, the unofficial "playing captain," if you will. Playing in his American record 11th consecutive Ryder Cup, Lefty -- the reason for all the changes to the U.S. process of selecting captains and preparing for the matches-- delivered the goods. Overall, Mickelson went 2-1-1 at Hazeltine. Funny enough, the most memorable match of the week for Mickelson and many others, will be the one that ended in a draw -- his Sunday singles match with Sergio Garcia. Mickelson and Garcia -- two Ryder Cup stalwarts -- put on an exhibition, collecting 19 birdies between them. In 11 Ryder Cup starts, this was just Mickelson's third time as a member of the winning side.
The 11th-hour, 12th and final Captain's Pick -- added to the team six days before the matches teed off -- Moore, a Ryder Cup rookie, went 2-1-0 at Hazeltine. No match, however, was bigger than his 1-up singles win over Lee Westwood on the final day, which clinched the Ryder Cup for the Americans, moving the total at the time to 15-10. It was a remarkable moment for a man, who less than a week earlier didn't even think he'd be on the team. With incredible play since the PGA Championship, including a win at the John Deere Classic and a playoff-loss at the Tour Championship to Rory McIlroy, Moore forced Captain Davis Love III's hand with the final pick... and did he ever deliver.
Seve. Faldo. Monty. Sergio. Poulter. For years, the Europeans have had Ryder Cup monsters. In Reed, the USA finally got a monster of its own. Playing like a man possessed, Reed picked up where he left off at Gleneagles in 2014 and battled to a 3-1-1 record at Hazeltine, collecting a Ryder Cup-best 3.5 points. No player got the Chaska, Minn., crowds fired up quite like the electric Reed. In his Sunday singles showdown with no less than Rory McIlroy, the two engaged in a front-nine slugfest, matching each other shot for shot before Reed walked off with a huge 1-up victory that sent reverberations through the course as he took down Europe's best player. Evidenced by his play and demeanor at Hazeltine, there may be no American player better suited for the Ryder Cup atmosphere than Reed.
When Brandt Snedeker's putter is hot, there may be no better commander of the flat-stick in the game. Unfortunately for the Europeans, Snedeker's putter was on at Hazeltine. The two-time Ryder Cupper put together the only perfect record in the 2016 matches, going 3-0-0, while displaying an intensity we've rarely seen. It was an especially sweet win for Snedeker seeing as his only previous Ryder Cup start came in 2012 when the U.S. coughed up a four-point lead on the final day -- the last time Davis Love III, a close friend of Snedeker's, was captain.
Having collected two major championships and a number of other wins worldwide over the last three years, much was expected of Spieth at Hazeltine. And, as it turned out, much was delivered. Spieth joined Patrick Reed -- who he paired with in all four team matches -- as the only Americans to compete in all five sessions. Spieth went 2-2-1 over that stretch and was actually questionable for his Sunday singles match against Henrik Stenson, as some fingers were bothering him from an aggressive high-five Reed gave him the day before. Spieth, who figures to be a team leader for years to come, tasted Ryder Cup triumph for the first time in just his second start.
PGA Champion Jimmy Walker struggled to a 1-2-0 record at Hazeltine, picking off his lone win in the opening session's foursomes matches with Zach Johnson by a 4&2 margin over Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. This was Walker's second consecutive Ryder Cup appearance and the first he left as a member of the winning team.
A Ryder Cup legend who this year will captain the side for the first time. The finest moment of a distinguish career came in 2011 when he claimed his maiden major title at The 140th Open Championship, holding off Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to clinch a thrilling victory at Royal St Georges. The 14-time European Tour winner produced arguably his best Ryder Cup display in 2006 when he was unbeaten in his three matches as Europe won an emotional contest at the K Club. Was vice-captain in 2010 as Colin Montgomerie led the Europeans to victory at Celtic Manor and again at Medinah two years later. The 48 year old captained the successful European side at the 2016 EurAsia Cup, and his first experience of being a team captain should stand him in good stead when he heads to Hazeltine to lead Europe into battle.
Has never been on the losing side in the six Ryder Cup matches he has been involved in, three as a player and three as a vice-captain. The 45 year old has had an illustrious career on the European Tour winning 15 titles, with his first coming in 1996 at the Loch Lomond World Invitational and most recent at the 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge. Made his Ryder cup debut in 1997, when he became the first Danish player to represent Europe and was also part of the winning teams in 2002 and 2014. He has plenty of leadership experience having captained continental Europe in the 2009 Seve Trophy as well as being a Ryder Cup vice-captain to Bernhard Langer (2004), Colin Montgomerie (2010) and José Maria Olazábal (2012). He will perform that role again at Hazeltine National.
The 45 year old played in six consecutive Ryder Cup teams from 1999 to 2010, being on the winning team on four occasions. A three time major champion, and the last player to defend a major title at The Open Championship in 2008 having been victorious 12 months earlier. The Irishman’s memorable 2008 continued when he secured his third Major at Oakland Hills Country Club, lifting the Wanamaker Trophy ahead of Sergio Garcia and Ben Curtis at the US PGA Championship. Harrington was a vice-captain to Paul McGinley in 2014 when Europe won The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles by 16.5-11.5 and will reprise that role at Hazeltine. He most recently won in 2015 with a play-off victory at the Honda Classic on the US PGA Tour, a tournament he won ten years previously.
The Scot is a vice-captain for the first time this year, having twice represented Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1999 and 2012. He won the 1999 Open Championship having been ten shots behind heading into the final round, when his closing 67 was enough to get him into a playoff with Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde, which he won by three shots. The 47 year old has the honour of having a European Tour event held in his name, the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play, which was introduced in 2015 and staged again this year. Claimed three and a half points on his Ryder Cup debut in 1999 and played a major role in the 2012 win at Medinah, particularly in the singles where he defeated Brandt Snedeker 5&3 as Europe roared to a famous comeback.
The 40 year old is a match play specialist, with two of his 12 European Tour wins in match play events; the 2010 WGC- Accenture Match Play and the 2011 Volvo World Match Play Championship. His Ryder Cup record takes some beating, losing just four of the 18 matches he has taken part in and undefeated in the singles. His performance in 2012 at the Medinah Country Club will live long in the memory of European fans after he won all four of his ties as Europe produced a famous Ryder Cup comeback. In the Saturday afternoon four-ball matches Poulter and Rory McIlroy were two down with six to play before the Englishman produced a heroic finish with five consecutive birdies to earn the point that would give the team belief they could go on to retain the cup. Injury this time round means he takes on the role of vice captain for the first time.
A veteran of the European Tour, the Scot is tenth on the all-time list of European Tour victories with 21 while he also holds the record for number of appearances with 706. The 63 year old played in eight consecutive Ryder Cups from 1981- winning on three occasions - and holed the winning putt in 1985 at The Belfry. He returned to the same venue in 2002 when he led Europe to a comprehensive 15.5-12.5, the biggest victory since 1985 for a European Side. Hazeltine will be the third time he has been a vice-captain for the contest, his first was in 1999 at Brookline before returning to be a member of Paul McGinley’s backroom staff two years ago at Gleneagles.
One of the most consistent players on The European Tour in recent years, having only finished outside the top 60 in The Race to Dubai once in the last seven seasons, he claimed his second European Tour victory in 2012 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he held off Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood. He made his European Tour breakthrough at the 2009 Austrian Golf Open thanks to a stunning final-round 60. Claimed the Spanish National Championship every year from Under-seven to Under-18 level after taking the game up at the age of six and played in the victorious Junior Ryder Cup side of 1999. Grew up next to a golf course in the Canary Islands, and his sister Emma competes on the Ladies European Tour. Owns a house in Bali, where he loves to spend time surfing.
One of The European Tour’s rising stars, the affable Englishman already has two victories to his name, with the first coming in memorable circumstances on home soil at the 2015 British Masters supported by Sky Sports, where he won wire-to-wire in front of packed galleries at Woburn Golf Club. The 22 year old did not have to wait long before claiming a second European Tour victory at the Nordea Masters in June thanks to another dominant display. First came to prominence courtesy of a stellar amateur career in which he won the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship as well as being the Number One ranked amateur for a total of 21 weeks.
A veteran of seven Ryder Cups, the Spaniard has won 20.5 points from those appearances. The 36 year old was unbeaten over the first two days at The K Club in 2006 – in the process, he became only the second player after Ian Woosnam to win all four points from his foursomes and fourball matches. Two years earlier, he became only the sixth player to claim four-and-a-half points out of a possible five in The Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills. He was one of Colin Montgomerie’s vice captains at Celtic Manor in 2010, when Europe won by a point. Garcia, who finished in the top five at both the 2016 US Open and The Open Championship, has won 11 times on the European Tour.
Played an important role in The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, where he won two points from four. Was Europe’s hero at The 2012 Ryder Cup, holing a six-foot putt on the last to defeat Steve Stricker and secure the point needed to complete a miraculous comeback and retain the Trophy. Made his debut in the biennial contest in 2010, the same year he won his first Major at the US PGA Championship. Rediscovered his best form in 2014 as a sensational wire-to-wire victory at the U.S. Open Championship brought him a second Major title.
Boasts an abundance of Ryder Cup pedigree, having played in every edition since 2010, winning eight points from his 14 matches in the process, with a highlight coming at Gleneagles in 2014, when the Northern Irishman beat Rickie Fowler 5&4 in the Sunday Singles. He won his first Major in 2011 at the US Open where he broke records aplenty after shooting 16 under par. He doubled his tally at the 2012 US PGA Championship, before winning his other two Majors in a memorable 2014 season, when he lifted the Claret Jug at Holyoke before winning the US PGA Championship for a second time. The Northern Irishman has three Race to Dubai titles to his name, in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He also won the tournament he hosts through his charitable foundation, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, for this first time in May of this year thanks to a sensational closing eagle. He finished out the PGA Tour season with dominant performances in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and the TOUR Championship to earn the FedEx Cup and its 10 million dollar bonus.
Finished the Ryder Cup qualifying period in style by finishing second in his defence of the D+D REAL Czech Masters and then winning the Made in Denmark tournament to claim his third European Tour title. Having impressed in his rookie season on the European Tour in 2014, won twice in consecutive appearances in 2015, first at the D+D REAL Czech Masters in August and then a fortnight later at the KLM Open. Long tipped as one of the stars of the future, he came through all three stages of the 2013 Qualifying School. Enjoyed a celebrated amateur college career in America, where he overcame Major Champion Jordan Spieth and former world amateur number one Patrick Cantlay to win the NCAA Division I Golf Championship in his sophomore year at the University of Illinois.
Played a leading role in The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014, when the Englishman formed a formidable partnership with Henrik Stenson over the first two days on the way to remaining undefeated and claiming four points out of a possible five, as Europe cruised to a 16 ½ – 11 ½ victory. Arguably the 35 year old’s finest Ryder Cup moment came in the “Miracle at Medinah” in 2012, when he secured a vital point in the Sunday Singles against Phil Mickelson. 2016 saw Rose become a history maker becoming golf's first Olympic Champion since 1904 with his two shot victory over Henrik Stenson in Rio. Made his Major Championship breakthrough winning the U.S. Open in 2013 at Merion Golf Club. Rose has won eight events on The European Tour, including the WGC Cadillac Championship in 2012.
The newly-crowned Champion Golfer of the Year has played in three Ryder Cups, and has been on the winning side in two of those appearances – latterly in 2014 and memorably on his debut in 2006, when he holed the winning putt at The K Club. His victory at the 2013 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai made him the first player to win both the Race to Dubai and the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup in the same season. The big Swede has won 11 European Tour titles, with two of those titles coming within the space of a month this year – firstly in Germany at the BMW International Open, before the 40 year old claimed the biggest victory of his career at the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon, after coming through a titanic final day battle with Phil Mickelson. He broke the record for the lowest score at any Major both in relation to par (20 under par) and aggregate shots (264). His amazing 2016 continued when he claimed the silver medal in Rio at the Olympic Men's Golf Tournament.
Played a significant role in Europe’s victory in the EurAsia Cup earlier this year, when the Englishman had a perfect record after winning three out of three matches. Burst onto the scene in 2015 after winning three European Tour titles, including two triumphs in as many months in Johannesburg, before cruising to an impressive nine stroke victory in the Portugal Masters in October. Finished off a remarkable 2015 season by pushing McIlroy all the way at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, before eventually finishing one shot behind the Northern Irishman. Turned professional in 2011 after representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen.
Has played in every Ryder Cup since 1997, which is a testament to the Englishman’s longevity and quality. Westwood has won 23 points from those nine matches and has only been on the losing side twice. He was unbeaten in the 2004 and 2006 tournaments, and equalled Arnold Palmer’s record at Valhalla in 2008 when he made it 12 matches without defeat. The first of his 23 European Tour titles came at the Scandinavian Masters in 1996 – an event he has won three times. His most recent victory on The European Tour came in 2014 at the Maybank Malaysian Open, where he showed all his class to win by seven strokes.
This has been a year to remember for Willett, thanks largely to his sensational maiden Major Championship victory at The Masters in April, which was his second win of the season following the Omega Dubai Desert Classic title he picked up in February. The Englishman was part of Darren Clarke’s victorious European team at the EURASIA CUP back in January, when he contributed two out of a possible three points. The 28 year old pushed Rory McIlory all the way in the 2015 Race to Dubai before eventually finishing second in the rankings, after a superb season which included his wins in the Omega European Masters and the Nedbank Golf Challenge. His first European Tour win came at the 2012 BMW International. Before joining the professional ranks, he was a member of Great Britain and Ireland’s 2007 Walker Cup Team.
Claimed the biggest victory of his career in 2016, when he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to continue his surge up the Official World Golf Ranking. His season had started positively at the EURASIA CUP in Malaysia, where the Englishman won two out of three matches to help the team to a comfortable victory. His breakthrough win on The European Tour was a spectacular one at the 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters where he eagled the final hole to win by a single shot. His second title came at the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity in 2015. The 28 year old won the Silver Medal at The Open Championship in 2008, when he finished tied for fifth. At 6ft 6in, he matches Robert Karlsson and Thomas Pieters as the tallest players on Tour.