The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup edges ever closer and the excitment is building. Last night I had a look at the ins and outs of the tournament, now it's time to introduce the teams.

So let’s move on and meet the two captains charged with leading their team to victory at Whistling Straits.

Team Europe Captain – Padraig Harrington

Age: 50. Born: Dublin, Ireland

Harrington is a three time major winner. Although mainly private and can come across as shy at times, don’t expect Padraig to mix his words, he will stick up for his team at all costs and will be a fantastic leader and role model.

With four Ryder Cup team appearances between 1999-2010, picking up ten and a half points in the process, Harrington knows what it takes to conquer the Americans and he will do everything in his power to do just that and bring the Ryder Cup Trophy back home on the return flight.

Team USA Captain – Steve Stricker

Age: 54. Born: Edgerton, Wisconsin

Stricker is a local hero around these parts and will be using the home crowd 13th Man to his advantage for sure.

Stricker is another Ryder Cup veteran having played at three events so he also knows what it takes to win this competition. S

tricker most certainly has the strongest team at his disposal consisting of the world's top ranked golfers and multiple major champions however he has more of a job in hand if you ask me with so much unrest within his camp. The ongoing Brooksy, DeChambeau saga can’t be helping team bonding, it’s going to be interesting to see if he pairs them up although I’d say this is highly unlikely.

Now that we’ve introduced the captains, let’s meet the players.

Team Europe

Paul Casey

Age: 44. Born: Cheltenham, England

Casey has one of the most impressive Ryder Cup records. He has represented Europe at the Ryder Cup in 2004, 2006, 2008 & 2018 and is undefeated in nine of his twelve matches.

SBK Odds: 3/1 to be top Englishman

Matt Fitzpatrick

Age: 27. Born: Sheffield, England

Fitzpatrick will be making his second Ryder cup appearance after playing at Hazeltine as a debutant in 2016.

SBK Odds: 4/1 to be top Englishman

Tommy Fleetwood

Age: 30. Born: Southport, England

Fleetwood was at Le Golf National, Paris in 2018 where he won all four matches with his team mate Molinari and will be making his second appearance.

SBK Odds: 11/1 to be top European points scorer

Sergio Garcia

Age: 41. Born: Borriol, Spain

Sergio is the all time European leading Ryder Cup points scorer and his experience and expertise could prove pivotal.

SBK Odds: 1/1 to be top European wildcard

Tyrell Hatton

Age: 29. Born: High Wycombe, England

Hatton was a rookie at Le Golf National and comes here with four victories on both the European and PGA Tours since then.

SBK Odds: 4/1 to be top Englishman

Viktor Hovland

Age: 24. Born: Oslo, Norway

The talented Hovland could be the one the Americans fear most. He comes here as a Ryder Cup rookie but is in the form of his young life becoming the first Norwegian to win on both the European and PGA stage.

SBK Odds: 6/1 to be top European Points Scorer

Shane Lowry

Age: 34. Born: Clara, Ireland

The Ryder cup rookie won the Open Championship in 2019 to claim his first major and this Whistling Straits lay out will suit the Irishman’s game.

SBK Odds: 1/1 to be top European Rookie

Rory McIlroy

Age: 32. Born: Holywood, Northern Ireland

The one and only Rory, will be looking for his fourth Ryder Cup victory and bounced back on the scene with a much needed  victory at the Wells Fargo on the PGA tour earlier this year.

SBK Odds: 12/1 to be top Overall Points Scorer

Ian Poulter

Age: 45. Born: Hitchin, England

Nicknamed the Postman simply because he always delivers at the Ryder Cup. This will be his seventh appearance.

SBK Odds: 19/1 to be top European Points Scorer

John Rahm

Age: 26. Born: Barrika, Spain

Major champion and world No1, Rahm is making his second Ryder Cup appearance and could be Europe’s main man to get those points on the board.

SBK Odds: 1/1 to be top Continental European Points Scorer

Lee Westwood

Age: 48. Born: Worksop, England

Westwood has featured at ten consecutive Ryder Cups and has won seven, his experience will be essential.

SBK Odds: 5/1 to be top Englishman

Bernd Wiesberger

Age: 35. Born: Vienna, Austria

The Austrian is making his first appearance in the Ryder Cup team and finished 3rd in the Race to Dubai last year.

SBK Odds: 22/1 to be top Overall Rookie

Team USA

Daniel Berger

Age: 28. Born: Plantation, Florida

Berger is making his first appearance at the Ryder Cup.

SBK Odds: 4/1 to be top USA Rookie

Patrick Cantlay

Age: 29. Born: Long Beach, California

Cantlay is another rookie but has played in the President's Cup team and just recently won the Fed Ex Cup.

SBK Odds: 4/1 to be top Overall Rookie

Bryson De Chambeau

Age: 28. Born: California

Known as the hulk of golf, De Chambeau will be aiming to eat up this course for breakfast. He makes his second appearance but his main danger this week will be Brooks Koepka and his army of fans.

SBK Odds: 11/1 to be top USA Points Scorer

Harris English

Age: 32. Born: Georgia

English is another Ryder Cup rookie but has had a good year on the PGA tour winning the Travellers Championship.

SBK Odds: 5/1 to be top USA Rookie

Tony Finau

Age: 32. Born: Salt Lake City

Finau is simply a model of consistency and will be playing in his second Ryder Cup.

SBK Odds: 4/1 to be top USA Wildcard

Dustin Johnson

Age: 37. Born: South Carolina

The humble giant will be making his fifth appearance and comes here as World No.2 and a two-time major champion.

SBK Odds: 8/1 to be top USA Points Scorer

Brooks Koepka

Age: 31. Born: West Palm Beach, Florida

Koepka returns for his third straight Ryder Cup and is one of golf's greatest competitors, always showing up at the big events, that’s why he’s a four time major champion.

SBK Odds: 15/1 to be top USA Points Scorer

Collin Morikawa

Age: 24. Born: Los Angeles

Morikawa has already bagged two majors in the last year and will be looking forward to his first Ryder Cup.

SBK Odds: 3/1 to be top USA Rookie

Xander Schauffele

Age: 27. Born: San Diego

Schauffele  represents his country for the first time and comes here after recently winning the gold medal at the Olympics in Japan.

SBK Odds: 2/1 to be top USA Rookie

Scottie Scheffler

Age: 25. Born: Dallas, Texas

Yet another rookie on the American team, Scheffler comes here in fine fettle.

SBK Odds: 8/1 to be top Overall Rookie

Jordan Spieth

Age: 28. Born: Dallas, Texas

It’s hard to imagine he’s only 28 yrs old, probably fortunate the tournament was delayed a year but this is his fourth consecutive appearance for the multi major champion.

SBK Odds: 14/1 to be top Overall Points Scorer

Justin Thomas

Age: 28. Born: Kentucky

Thomas makes his second appearance and JT always shows up at these big events.

SBK Odds: 9/1 to be top Overall Points Scorer


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