Jim Furyk is the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for 2018. 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. 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. In August 2016, Furyk shot a 12-under 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to become the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour events.
David Duval competed in two Ryder Cups for the U.S. side, including the 1999 win at Brookline. The 13-time PGA Tour winner ascended to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking in 1998 and won his only major championship at The Open in 2001. Duval has 11 top-10 finishes in major championships over his career. Since 2015, Duval has served as a studio analyst for NBC's Golf Channel.
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.
The 40-year-old Kuchar has posted four top-10 finishes during the 2017-18 PGA Tour season. One of those was at The Open Championship, when he came in ninth place. 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.
A vice-captain for captain Jim Furyk, Davis Love III is veteran of six Ryder Cups as a player. Love 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.
A 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, Steve Stricker has made three appearances for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup. U.S. captain Jim Furyk has also picked Stricker as a vice-captain for 2018. 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. 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. Stricker joined the PGA Tour Champions in 2017. He's won the 2018 Cologuard Classic and the Rapiscan Systems Classic. Stricker also tied for 16th and 20th in the last two U.S. Opens.
In 2015, DeChambeau won the NCAA Division I title and the U.S. Amateur championship the same year. He became only the fifth player to win both in the same year. In his second major appearance, DeChambeau finished tied for 21st and was Low Amateur at the 2016 Masters Tournament. This season, DeChambeau picked up his second career PGA Tour victory when he won the Memorial Tournament. He also came in second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and tied for third at the RBC Heritage. He then started the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs with consecutive wins. After winning The Northern Trust, DeChambeau won again the following week at TPC Boston at the Dell Technologies Championship.
Finau had college basketball scholarship offers but instead turned professional at 17. He earned his first PGA Tour win at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open when he beat Steve Marino in a playoff. Finau has yet to win a major, but he has four top-10 finishes. That includes going three-for-four in finishing in the top 10 at this year's majors. At the Masters Tournament, Finau tied for 10th despite dislocating an ankle in the Par-3 Contest the day before the start of the tournament. He then tied for fifth at the U.S. Open. At The Open Championship, Finau tied for ninth. He was tied for second after the first round. Finau finished tied for 42nd at the PGA Championship but has a second, a T-4 finish and a T-8 finish in the first three FedEx Cup playoff events.
Fowler, 29 years old, has four top-10 finishes on Tour for the 2017-18 season. Fowler finished alone in second at the 2018 Masters Tournament, finishing one shot behind Patrick Reed at 14-under. He made six birdies on his final 11 holes. 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.
Johnson has won three times on the PGA Tour in 2018. His victory at the RBC Canadian Open clinched his spot on the American team in Paris. This is the third year in a row he's won at least three times on Tour and DJ is the first to do that since Tiger Woods. In 2016, Johnson was 2-2-0 at Hazeltine in his first Ryder Cup since 2012. 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. That helped the U.S. to its first 4-0 opening-session sweep since the 1975 Arnold Palmer-led American team did the same.
Koepka won his second consecutive U.S. Open in June at Shinnecock Hills and followed that with his third major victory at Bellerive Country Club in the 100th PGA Championship. He went 69-63-66-66 at Bellerive to hold off a hard-charging Tiger Woods and claim a two-shot victory. Koepka joins Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win a U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year. At Shinnecock, he shot a dazzling 68 on Sunday to finish a shot ahead of Tommy Fleetwood and two ahead of 2016 Ryder Cup teammate Dustin Johnson. Koepka is the first player to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989. That major victory marked a return to form for the big-hitting Koepka, who missed time in early 2018 with a wrist injury. He was an impressive 3-1-0 in his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine in 2016. That carried him to a strong season in 2016-17, including the U.S. Open at Erin Hills and seven top-10 finishes in 24 starts.
This season, Mickelson ended a winning drought that went back to 2013 when he won the World Golf Championship-Mexico with a final-round 66 to finish 16-under. Mickelson beat Justin Thomas in a playoff. He also has six top-10 finishes this year. 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. His focus now turns to Paris in 2018, where Mickelson tries to win on foreign soil for the first time in his career. The last time the U.S. turned that trick was in 1993... which also happens to be the last time Mickelson was not a member of a Ryder Cup team.
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 Minnesota crowds fired up quite like the electric Reed. In his Sunday singles showdown with 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. He picked up his first major victory in 2018 at the Masters.
Simpson has five wins on the PGA Tour, first winning the 2011 Wyndham Championship. He later won the 2012 U.S. Open, beating Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson by one shot. Simpson has had a strong 2017-18 season. He won The Players Championship by four strokes, his first PGA Tour win since 2013. Simpson also has six top-10 finishes this season. He tied for 10th at the U.S. Open, tied for 12th at The Open Championship and was T19 in the PGA Championship.
The 25-year-old Spieth has five top-10 finishes this season. That includes a third-place finish at the Masters Tournament and a tie for ninth at The Open Championship. The legend of Spieth continued to grow in 2016-17, where he won three times. One of those wins was his third major championship overall -- the Open Championship -- leaving him just a PGA Championship shy of a career Grand Slam. Along with the three victories, Spieth was also a runner up three times and a third-place finisher twice. Much was expected of Spieth at Hazeltine in 2016 and 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.
Thomas compiled one of the all-time great seasons in 2017, including his first major title in the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. That was one of four victories for Thomas in the calendar year and one of five for the season, where he also won the $10 million FedExCup. Thomas, the son and grandson of a PGA Professional, began his year with a victory at the SBS Tournament of Champions and shot a 59 on the way to a victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii to begin 2017. Thomas has three wins in the 2017-18 season, picking up victories at The CJ Cup and the Honda Classic before winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Thomas is poised to make his first Ryder Cup start in 2018 at Le Golf National.
The 39-year-old Watson has won three times on the PGA Tour this season: Genesis Open, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Travelers Championship. Watson, a two-time Masters winner, has won the Travelers three times, also winning in 2010 and 2015. One of the game's great shot-shapers, Watson is a three-time Ryder Cup veteran (2010, ’12, and ’14) and has also represented the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics. For the 2016 Ryder Cup, Watson was named vice captain by captain Davis Love III after he narrowly missed qualifying automatically.
A winner of an incredible 79 events on the PGA Tour, including 14 major championships -- good for 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. He was also named as a Vice Captain under Jim Furyk for the 2018 matches. 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 and most of the 2016-17 season recovering from back surgery. He has made a scintillating return in 2018. Woods recorded a T2 finish at the Valspar Championship -- his first top 10 since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open but finished T6 or better in this season's final two majors. He led the Open Championship on Sunday before fishing tied for sixth. He thrilled the huge crowds at Bellerive Country Club on Sunday at the PGA Championship on the way to a finish alone in second place.
Thomas Bjørn was on the winning side in his three appearances as a player and was only once on the losing side as a vice captain in four events. 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), José Maria Olazábal (2012) and Darren Clarke (2016). At Le Golf National, the Dane makes the step up to captain.
The former World Number One has featured on four successful European Ryder Cup sides, winning 10 ½ points from his 15 matches. The most crucial of these matches was his victory in the opening singles match against Bubba Watson during the Miracle at Medinah in 2012.Having never finished on the losing side as a player, Donald will be hoping to continue his record as a vice captain at Le Golf National.
Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington made his Ryder Cup debut in 1999 at the “Battle of Brookline,” with his last coming at a weather affected week in 2010 at Celtic Manor. Four appearances in between, picking up 10 ½ point for Europe, Harrington has plenty of experience to offer the Europeans as he makes his debut as a Ryder Cup vice captain.
Robert Karlsson, a former European Number One, featured in two consecutive Ryder Cups in 2006 and 2008, finishing on the winning side on his debut at the K Club. In seven matches, Karlsson picked up 3 points for his team in seven matches, losing only twice. With 11 European Tour victories to add, Karlsson will bring a wealth of experience to offer.
Made his Ryder Cup debut in 2008 at Valhalla but greatest moment came in 2010 when he sealed victory for Europe at Celtic Manor with victory over Hunter Mahan. Was again in Team Europe for the Miracle of Medinah in 2012 and starred for Europe once more in The Ryder Cup in 2014, winning three points from three matches at Gleneagles, forming a superb foursome’s partnership with Victor Dubuisson before defeating Jordan Spieth in the lead singles match. Became a Major Champion in 2010 when he triumphed over the famous links at Pebble Beach to win the US Open.
Having played on an impressive ten consecutive European Ryder Cup teams, seven of which he was on the winning side, it comes as no surprise that the former World Number One Lee Westwood has been selected as a vice captain at Le Golf National. Only Sir Nick Faldo (46) has bettered Westwood (44) in terms of matches played, in which he has picked up 23 points. To add, the Englishman also enjoyed unbeaten records on two occasions at Oakland Hills (2004) and the K Club (2006).
Paul Casey has played on three European sides at The Ryder Cup in consecutive events between 2004 and 2008. One of his most famous Ryder Cup moments came during his second appearance for Europe in 2006 at The K Club. The Englishman is one of only six players to make a hole-in-one at a Ryder Cup after his ace on the 213 yard 14th hole, sealing a walk-off victory for his partner, David Howell, and himself.
Tommy Fleetwood is another rookie to make Thomas Bjørn’s side for the Ryder Cup match at Le Golf National, qualifying in fourth place on the European Points List, after a dramatic rise to becoming European Number One. 2017 was a huge year for Tommy Fleetwood as he won the European Tour’s Race to Dubai thanks to victories at the ABU Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the HNA Open de France, along with numerous other top 10 finishes. In 2018, Fleetwood successfully defended his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title and picked up numerous other accolades including matching the lowest ever round at a U.S. Open (63), where he also finished second.
A veteran of eight Ryder Cups, the Spaniard has won 22.5 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 single point. Garcia won his first Major Championship at the 2017 Masters Tournament, beating Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose in a play-off.
Tyrrell Hatton makes his maiden appearance on the European team at The 2018 Ryder Cup. The Englishman finished third on the European Points List after consistent performances during the qualifying period. It was October of 2017 where Hatton really began to make his claim for the team. He won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for the second consecutive year, then followed that up with a win at the Italian Open a week later. He made the cut in every one of the four Majors this year, finishing in a tie for sixth at the U.S. Open and T10 at the US PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy will make his fifth straight Team Europe appearance at Le Golf National this year. The 29 year old made his debut at the Ryder Cup in 2010 at Celtic Manor and has featured in all three teams since, experiencing his first loss last time out at Hazeltine. McIlroy finished second on the World Points List thanks to an impressive and consistent campaign. He finished in the top ten of four of the last eight Majors, including this year's Masters and Open Championship and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in dramatic fashion in March. He has finished runner-up three times in 2018, starting at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic then again at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth before finishing tied second to Francesco Molinari at The Open at Carnoustie.
Francesco Molinari will feature for Europe for the first time since The 2012 Ryder Cup, making his third appearance in total. The Italian featured alongside his brother Edoardo in 2010 and has never been on a losing side in his two appearances. Molinari qualified in first places on the European Points Lists after a stellar season which saw him rise into the World’s top six. His biggest triumph came at The Open when he became the first Italian to win a Major. He also finished in T6 a few weeks later at the US PGA Championship. A win at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour and an additional win at the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour have topped off an impressive season for the Italian.
Qualifying in third place on the World Points List, Alex Noren will feature at The Ryder Cup for the very first time at Le Golf National after his scintillating form over the last two years. Since mid-2016, Alex Noren has been in fine form and deserves his place in the World’s top 15 golfers. He’s picked up six wins on the European Tour since July 2016, including two Rolex Series events at the 2017 BMW PGA Championship and, most recently, at the 2018 HNA Open de France. The latter came on the very course the two teams will battle it out on – Le Golf National.
After being on the edge of automatic qualification on both lists, Thorbjørn Olesen managed to claim the final spot on the World Points List to become another rookie in the European side at Le Golf National. The Dane has been in consistent form this season on the European Tour, collecting a win at the Italian Open – the third Rolex Series Event of the season. Since then he has picked up four top six finishes including a T2 at the BMW International Open, T3 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, solo fourth at the Nordea Masters and T6 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation. He has without a doubt fought his way into Bjorn’s squad.
Ian Poulter 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. This time round the Englishman has been selected as a wildcard to represent Europe for a sixth time.
Making the team at the top of the World Points List is Jon Rahm, who is yet another rookie who will feature for Thomas Bjørn at Le Golf National. He joins a long list of Spaniard’s who have played in previous Ryder Cups. Rahm made it four wins in only 38 professional starts when he won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, which is a ratio bettered only by Tiger Woods in the past 30 years. He has three European Tour victories to his name and a further two PGA Tour titles, which is made even more impressive when you consider his first full season on Tour came in 2017.
This will be Justin Rose’s fourth consecutive Ryder Cup appearance on Team Europe when he tees it up at Le Golf National. Rose has been on the winning side twice in 2012 and 2014, with defeats coming in his first appearance in 2008 and most recently in 2016. The Englishman has enjoyed another fine season, especially in the Majors where he has finished inside the top 19 at all four. His best finish was a T2 at The Open, with a T10 finish at the U.S. Open, T12 at The Masters and T19 at the US PGA Championship. To add, Rose also won the Fort Worth Invitational on the PGA Tour in 2018. He also reached a career high World Ranking of second after his runner up finish at The Open.
Holed the winning putt at The K Club on his Ryder Cup debut. 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 Swede has won 11 European Tour titles, with two of those titles coming within the space of a month in 2016 – in Germany at the BMW International Open and 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).