Who will be representing red, white and blue come this September at the 2014 Ryder Cup? From the rookies to the record-holders, we’ve got Team USA’s complete roster for you. No longer “on the bubble”, these players have guaranteed their spot on the team and now have the chance to play on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in the heart of Scotland.
But first, how is the Ryder Cup unique from any other golf event? Unlike regular professional tournaments, the Ryder Cup uses a different format and point system. There are 28 total matches and available points—the team who earns the most cumulative points at the end of the tournament is declared the winner. The competition is divided into three types of play: Foursomes, where teammates alternate tee shots until the completion of each hole; Fourball, where all four players play their own ball and the player who has the lowest score wins the hole; and Singles, where players compete in match play head-to-head.
USA’s Captain Tom Watson has the authority to decide which players will team together during which format. As of September 2, when he added his final three players, the 12-man Team USA roster was complete.
Let’s meet Team USA.
- Bubba Watson—This is his third Ryder Cup appearance. Watson was 3-5-0 during his two Ryder Cup appearances but has seven top-10 finishes this year.
- Jim Furyk—Making his ninth appearance in the Ryder Cup, Furyk is a true veteran. He has been on two U.S. winning teams and has a 8-15-4 overall record in the esteemed tournament.
- Jimmy Walker—A Ryder Cup rookie, Walker has proven himself a fighter this year with impressive performances in big events like the Masters with a T-8 and the U.S. Open with a T-9.
- Rickie Fowler—Though the 25-year-old Fowler has just one PGA Tour win to his résumé, this season he became the third player in history to finish in the top 5 in all four major championships — and the first to do so without winning one.
- Matt Kuchar—Currently sitting in 5th place in the PGA Tour standings and 8th overall, Kuchar has been instrumental as a member of the Ryder Cup team in 2010 and 2012.
- Jordan Spieth—At 21-years old, Spieth is a bright eyed rookie who has five top-five finishes this year and turned many heads with his performance during the Presidents Cup last year.
- Phil Mickelson—In addition to holding the record for the most matches ever played by an American in the Ryder Cup (38) Mickelson’s participation in this year’s contest will mark his 10th overall appearance, the most of any American player.
- Patrick Reed—Although he performed underwhelmingly this season on the PGA Tour, Reed earned his name on the 2014 roster, his first appearance in the Ryder Cup.
- Zach Johnson—Johnson earned just enough points to clinch the final automatic spot on the team. He’ll be making his fourth appearance in the Ryder Cup and has an overall record of 6-4-1.
- Keegan Bradley—Bradley has played on the last two international teams for the United States, at the 2012 Ryder Cup and the 2013 Presidents Cup. He went 3-1 in his first Ryder Cup and teamed with Phil Mickelson in his three victories, while going 2-2-1 at the Presidents Cup, with a 2-1-1 mark when paired with Mickelson.
- Hunter Mahan—Mahan played in the 2008 and 2010 Ryder Cups and has played the last four Presidents Cups for the United States. He is 3-1-2 in foursomes and fourballs combined. Mahan won the Barclays two weeks ago for just his sixth top-10 of the season.
- Webb Simpson—Simpson will be making his second Ryder Cup appearance. He paired with Bubba Watson for a pair of 5 & 4 wins in fourballs matches in 2012. Simpson earned his ninth top-10 finish the season last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship.