Patrick Reed’s “SHHHH” is inching closer as we look ahead to the Ryder Cup set to start September 25th at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Golf fans await this electric spectacle every other year and are licking their lips to see the Europeans and Americans face off. Two years ago at Hazeltine, the USA fans brought energy like no other; can the Europeans bring that type of energy in Paris or will the USA fans travel well?
As for the US side, they look solid as always but let’s not be biased here. Jim Furyk picked up a struggling Phil Mickelson as a captain’s pick when a rookie of the year in 2017 Xander Schauffele could have been an easy pick. A struggling Jordan Spieth looks to impress after being called the weak link for the US side. There are more positives than negatives for the USA squad for example back to back playoff winner 25-year-old Bryson Dechambeau who looks to impress in his first Ryder Cup with his book full of science and math equations. Really hope he pulls out the protractor during the Ryder Cup don’t you? How can you forget about the most jacked guys on tour Dustin Johnson and now 3 times major Champion Brooks Koepka. This duo of best friends should be overwhelming their opponents with long drives and beautiful finesse with scoring clubs. How can you talk about golf without mentioning Tiger Woods. With a win at the Tour Championship on September 23, it is safe to say that Tiger has impressed massively, and he is getting better every week, bringing back the energy that golf fans live for. Woods has been getting better off the tee week by week, as shown in his performance at East Lake this past weekend, but has had some inconsistency throughout the season, which can’t be ignored by Jim Furyk and the rest of the coaching staff. Tiger has the game to bring the energy and put up solid points for the USA squad. USA team: Bryson Dechambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brook Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, and Tiger Woods.
Europe comes in as the underdog with the home course advantage. No question they are a strong team that can match the USA team with hard-fought battles. The US just seems to have more depth and better talent. Let’s start with the winner of the FedEx Cup, and the new number 1 player in the world, Justin Rose.
Justin got that top spot by being the most consistent golfer on tour and always being in contention in every tournament. Justin looks to take that consistency and bring it into a match play style at the Ryder Cup. Francesco Molinari for a point this season was on fire and brought Italy its first major championship. If he can bring that hot hand into Paris he could bring in some valuable points with the right teammate by his side. Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia have been struggling lately but have the pedigree to be dominant in match play. 4-time major winner Rory McIlroy is definitely being asked to lead the team this year, as one of the dominant drivers on the PGA Tour.
Not much can match the chest pounding and the energy brought by Ian Poulter every Ryder Cup. Ian brings the place to his feet when he rolls in a putt that he makes seem more meaningful then it already is. Poults is always surprising – is this still a truth for this year? This European squad certainly has the firepower to pull up an upset with home-field advantage in Paris, but can Europe make it exciting? Europe Team: Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Thorbjørn Olesen, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, and Henrik Stenson.
The Ryder Cup is set and ready to take off September 25-30th at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Every golf fan will be glued to their TV’s….will you?
Ethan Hall is a senior and a member of the Multimedia Journalism class.