Ryder Cup 2018: A closer look at the players on Team Europe and Team USA

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesThis weekend 24 of the best golfers in the world will compete in the most compelling tournament in golf — the 2018 Ryder Cup.

The 2018 Ryder Cup is here.

24 of the best golfers in the world have landed in France to compete in the most compelling tournament in the sport. Last year, Team USA won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008. This year, they will be away from home soil, seeking their first back-to-back wins since 1993.

While the pairings and matchups for the event remain a mystery until the hours before they are played, we do know each team’s roster heading into the tournament.

Take a look below as we break down the rosters of both Team USA and Team Europe on the eve of the 2018 Ryder Cup.


Team Europe:

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesTeam Europe for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Captain: Thomas Bjørn

Ross Kinnaird/Getty ImagesThomas Bjørn will serve as captain of Team Europe for the first time this year.

The most successful golfer in Danish history, Thomas Bjørn takes the lead role for Team Europe in 2018 with plenty of Ryder Cup experience. Bjørn was a part of winning Ryder Cup teams in 1997, 2002 and 2014, and served as a vice-captain in 2016. This year he’ll try to right the ship after Europe’s loss two years ago.


Francesco Molinari

Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesFrancesco Molinari had a great 2018, including a win at the Open Championship, his first career major victory.

Age: 35

World rank: No. 5

Previous Ryder Cups: 2

Record at Ryder Cup: 0-4-2


Justin Rose

Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesJustin Rose won the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoff, and the $US10 million prize that comes with it.

Age: 38

World rank: No. 2

Previous Ryder Cups: 4

Record at Ryder Cup: 11-6-2


Tyrrell Hatton

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)Tyrrell Hatton finished in the top 10 at two majors this year.

Age: 26

World rank: No. 26

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A


Tommy Fleetwood

Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesTommy Fleetwood was one of the hottest players of 2018.

Age: 27

World rank: No. 12

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A


Jon Rahm

Stuart Franklin/Getty ImagesJon Rahm is one of five Ryder Cup rookies on Team Europe this year.

Age: 23

World rank: No. 8

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A


Rory McIlroy

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesRory McIlroy competed in one of the most thrilling matches in Ryder Cup history in 2016.

Age: 29

World rank: No. 6

Previous Ryder Cups: 4

Record at Ryder Cup: 9-6-4


Alex Norén

Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesAlex Norén should feel right at home at Le Golf National — he won the French Open there earlier this year.

Age: 36

World rank: No. 18

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A


Thorbjørn Olesen

Stuart Franklin/Getty ImagesThorbjørn Olesen bested Francesco Molinari at the Italian Open this year.

Age: 28

World rank: No. 45

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A


Paul Casey

Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesPaul Casey took down the Valspar Championship this year, his first PGA Tour win since 2009.

Age: 41

World rank: No. 21

Previous Ryder Cups: 3

Record at Ryder Cup: 3-2-4


Sergio García

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesSergio García has been a huge part of winning Ryder Cup teams in the past.

Age: 38

World rank: No. 28

Previous Ryder Cups: 8

Record at Ryder Cup: 19-11-7


Ian Poulter

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)Ian Poulter is well known as one of the best players in Ryder Cup history.

Age: 42

World rank: No. 34

Previous Ryder Cups: 5

Record at Ryder Cup: 12-4-2


Henrik Stenson

Cliff Hawkins/Getty ImagesHenrik Stenson was one of four ‘captain’s picks’ for Team Europe this year.

Age: 42

World rank: No. 24

Previous Ryder Cups: 4

Record at Ryder Cup: 7-7-2


Team USA

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesTeam USA for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Captain: Jim Furyk

Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesJim Furyk is no stranger to the Ryder Cup.

Jim Furyk is something of a Ryder Cup stalwart for the American team, having competed in the event nine times over the course of his career. He served as an assistant captain to Davis Love III during the American’s 2016 win, and this year hopes to lead Team USA to its first back-to-back Ryder Cup wins since 1993.


Brooks Koepka

Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesBrooks Koepka became the first player to win two majors in the same year since Jordan Spieth did it in 2015.

Age: 28

World rank: No. 3

Previous Ryder Cups: 1

Record at Ryder Cup: 3-1


Dustin Johnson

Age: 34

World rank: No. 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 3

Record at Ryder Cup: 6-5


Justin Thomas

Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesJustin Thomas is one of three Ryder Cup rookies on Team USA.

Age: 25

World rank: No. 4

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A


Patrick Reed

Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Patrick Reed’s performance at the 2016 Ryder Cup earned him the nickname ‘Captain America.’

Age: 28

World rank: No. 15

Previous Ryder Cups: 2

Record at Ryder Cup: 6-1-2


Bubba Watson

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesBubba Watson was left off the 2016 Ryder Cup team, and will be as hungry as anyone to lift the trophy this year.

Age: 39

World rank: No. 14

Previous Ryder Cups: 3

Record at Ryder Cup: 3-8


Jordan Spieth

Harry How/Getty ImagesJordan Spieth will likely be a staple of Team USA for years to come.

Age: 25

World rank: No. 10

Previous Ryder Cups: 2

Record at Ryder Cup: 4-3-2


Rickie Fowler

Sam Greenwood/GettyRickie Fowler was famously single when Team USA won the 2016 Ryder Cup. This year, he’s engaged.

Age: 29

World rank: No. 9

Previous Ryder Cups: 3

Record at Ryder Cup: 2-4-5


Webb Simpson

Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesWebb Simpson finished in the top 20 at all four majors this year.

Age: 33

World rank: No. 16

Previous Ryder Cups: 2

Record at Ryder Cup: 2-3-1


Bryson DeChambeau

Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesBryson DeChambeau is a Ryder Cup rookie that could potentially play hero for Team USA.

Age: 25

World rank: No. 7

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A


Phil Mickelson

Ross Kinnaird/Getty ImagesPhil Mickelson is competing in his 11th Ryder Cup, the most of any player in the tournament.

Age: 48

World rank: No. 25

Previous Ryder Cups: 11

Record at Ryder Cup: 18-20-7


Tiger Woods

Age: 42

World rank: No. 13

Previous Ryder Cups: 7

Record at Ryder Cup: 13-17-3


Tony Finau

Michael Owens/Getty ImagesTony Finau was one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour this season.

Age: 29

World rank: No. 17

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A


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