Spaniards Jon Rahm and Sergio García are part of a European squad for the 2021 Ryder Cup with a majority of English players (six). These are the 12 golfers who will try to revalidate the title in the United States this week under the captaincy of Padraig Harrington.
JON RAHM (ESP/1ère) 2ème participation
Jon Rahm, 26 years old and No.1, is the only world top 10 of the European team and, immersed in the best moment of his sporting career, will play the role of driving force alongside the most experienced team-mates. The defending US Open champion earned a point, from Tiger Woods, in all three games he played in his 2018 debut.
VIKTOR HOVLAND (North / 14th) Debutant
Viktor Hovland, 24, is the youngest on the squad, the first Norwegian to compete in the Ryder Cup and one of three debutants on the European squad. He is one of the new fifth golfers with more expectations for the future. In fact, he already has two victories on the American tour and one on the European tour.
RORY McILROY (Irl. N./15º) 6e participation
Another key player on the European squad is Rory McIlroy, 32, a former world No.1 and winner of four Grand Slam titles. The Northern Irishman has scored 13 points in his previous five Ryder Cup appearances after 11 wins, four draws and nine losses.
TYRRELL HATTON (Eng / 19e) 2e participation
Tyrrell Hatton, 29, has established himself in the top flight since his 2018 Ryder Cup debut, where he scored one point. He started the season by winning the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi against a luxurious entry. Since then his results have not been so brilliant, but his game is reliable.
PAUL CASEY (Ang / 24e) 5e participation
Paul Casey, 44, is one of four golfers on the team to have passed the age of 40, along with Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Poulter. He scored 6.5 points in the Ryder. For quality, his record should have at least one Grand Slam. He won in Dubai earlier in the year one of his top 10 of 2021.
MATT FITZPATRICK (Ang/27) 2ème participation
Matt Fitzpatrick, 27, made his 2016 Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine and lost both matches, but his growth in recent years has brought him back to Padraig Harrington’s squad. It tends to be a big competitor in demanding areas such as the Whistling Strait.
LEE WESTWOOD (Ang/35e) 11e participation
Another Ryder institution is Lee Westwood, the team’s 48-year-old veteran: he will equal Nick Faldo’s 11 appearances and, with 44 games played, could surpass his record of 46. He added 23 points (20 wins, six draws, 18 losses) and won seven of the 10 Ryder Cups he has competed in.
TOMMY FLEETWOOD (Ang/37e) 2e participation
Tommy Fleetwood, 30, showed in his Paris’ 2018 premiere that he has that special spirit to play in the Ryder Cup: he played so well that he played all five possible games and added four points thanks to four victories with Francesco Molinari and one loss in singles, in singles.
SHANE LOWRY (Irl / 42º) Beginner
Shane Lowry, the 2019 British champion, is another player who tends to release his best version on the big stages. He will make his Ryder debut at 34 as one of three personal picks for Irish-like captain Padraig Harrington alongside Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia. He has five titles.
SERGIO GARCÍA (ESP / 43e) 10e participation
Sergio García, 41, holds the all-time record for points (25.5), 62% of all he has played, as a result of his solid career and passion for the Ryder Cup: 22 wins, seven draws and 12 losses in nine participations. they illustrate this idyll with the competition. You are in good time.
IAN POULTER (Ang/50e) 7e participation
Nicknamed the ‘Postman’ for his ability to deliver basic points in battle, Ian Poulter, 45, is the heart of the European squad, a guy who lives Ryder like few others. He has scored 15 points in his previous six appearances: 14 wins, two draws and six losses.
BERND WIESBERGER (Aut / 63º) Beginner
Newcomer Bernd Wiesberger, 35, will be the first Austrian to compete in the Ryder Cup, and despite already eight victories on the European Tour, he is arguably the European team’s least-known golfer. He ensured his presence during the last tournament of the round.
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