Steve Stricker has included Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele among his captain’s picks for this month’s 43rd Ryder Cup (Outright Betting – USA 4/7, Draw 15/8, Tie 11/1).
Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay had already booked their places at the biennial event, which takes place at Whistling Straits from September 24-26.
They will be joined in Wisconsin by Spieth, Finau and Schauffele, the latter making his debut alongside fellow rookies Morrikawa and Cantlay.
Three more newbies have also received the call from Stricker, with Daniel Berger, Harris English and Scottie Scheffler completing the 12-man team looking to wrestle back the trophy won by Europe at Le Golf National in 2018 (To Lift the Cup – USA 4/7, Europe 11/8).
Spieth will be making his fourth Ryder Cup appearance, while it will be Finau’s second chance after being handed the honour of striking the opening tee shot in France three years ago.
The headline omission is ‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed, who has only just recovered from a bout of pneumonia, while three-time Ryder Cup player Webb Simpson is another surprise exclusion.
When quizzed on the reasons behind his six selections, Stricker pointed to their consistency during qualifying.
Finau, Schauffele, Spieth and English filled seventh to 10th on the standings, while Berger was 12th and Scheffler 14th.
The 54-year-old says he spoke with “20 to 25” players before confirming his line-up and is confident he has made the right calls.
“Definitely course fit and the way these guys have been playing,” he said. “All six of these guys have been playing some really good golf for a long period of time. It’s more about a body of work.
“They have all played great throughout this year and very well deserving of these picks.”