Who has already qualified for the Ryder Cup 2021 and who is still looking for a spot at Whistling Straits?
A closer look at who is expected to be at Whistling Straits for the Ryder Cup next month.
After being postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ryder Cup is back this year at Whistling Straits for the 43rd edition of one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments.
With just over a month until the event, all eyes are on the crucial qualification rankings, with drivers having less than three weeks to secure their spots in the automatic spots, as qualifying concludes after the BMW Championship at the end of August.
Both teams will have 12 players, however Team USA and Team Europe will pick their members in separate methods.
The qualifying process for the US squad is divided into two parts. To begin, the top six players in the US Ryder Cup rankings will be automatically qualified, while the final six spots will be selected by team captain Steve Stricker, who has six wildcard options.
The European team has a significantly different qualification process because the defending champions offer nine automatic qualification spots.
The top four from the European points list win a spot, followed by five from the World Points list who haven’t already qualified through the European points rankings.
Captain Padraig Harrington selects the final three spots as wildcard picks.
With two events remaining before qualifying closes, Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Xander Schauffele are the six automatic qualifiers for the American squad.
The guys holding the nine current unfilled berths for the Europeans are Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, and Shane Lowry.
With only six automatic slots remaining, some of the greatest names in American golf are on the verge of missing out, with Jordan Spieth and Harris English coming in seventh and eighth, respectively.
Three-time Ryder Cup players Patrick Reed and Webb, as well as 2018 member Tony Finau, are also without a sure spot.
Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson, who is far from automatic qualification after winning the PGA Championship this year, will be depending exclusively on a captain’s decision.
Last week’s “Brinkwire Summary News” discussed his likely inclusion.