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.
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.
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.
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. 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 promising return in 2018. Woods recorded a T2 finish at the Valspar Championship -- his first top 10 since the 2015 Wyndham Championship -- and, if his health holds up, could make a serious run at becoming a playing captain at Le Golf National, Paris, France.
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.
Two-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.
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.