U.S. Ryder Cup rookies shine in team performance
When Scottie Scheffler secured a point with Bryson DeChambeau late Saturday against Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland to gain a 2-2 tie in the Four-Ball session, it gave all six rookies on the U.S. team a match victory. The six rookies mark the most on one U.S. team since 2008, when the U.S. won in Louisville. Four of those rookies head into Sunday with unbeaten records: Collin Morikawa (3-0-0), Xander Schauffele (3-0-0), Patrick Cantlay (2-0-1), and Scheffler (1-0-1).
“The notion that rookies can't come out here because they don't have the experience can kind of be thrown out the window,” Daniel Berger said. “All of these guys are competing at the biggest events, the major championships, and winning big golf tournaments. That's what it comes down to is being able to perform at the highest level.”
Berger and Brooks Koepka went 1-1 competing in two Foursomes matches alongside one another. Both attended Florida State, and they were teammates for one season. Asked if they went head to head much, Berger said there was a much bigger gap in talent at the time.
“He was definitely a better golfer,” Berger said. “I was there my freshman year. He was a senior. He was just a better golfer than I was. I feel like I kind of developed late. My second year in college is where I really started to pick things up and started to become better, and kind of the rest has gone the way I thought it would.”