Following a one-year hiatus, the Ryder Cup is finally back for the 43rd edition. Team U.S. looks to reclaim victory on American soil as the contest tees off Friday at Whistling Straits.
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Reclaiming the Ryder Cup on American soil
The American team has plenty in their favor entering the competition. However, constants such as Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk will not be competing in the contest. Rather, these stars are assuming positions off the course.
Stricker is stepping up as captain for Team America. Additionally, Mickelson, Love III and Furyk are acting as vice-captains.
The team is stacked up with talent. According to Official World Golf Ranking, the roster features eight of the top ten players.
— Tony Finau Golf (@tonyfinaugolf) September 21, 2021
The roster offers plenty of firepower. Johnson has two top-10 finishes under his belt after playing in two PGA Championships at Whistling Straits. Likewise, Spieth and Thomas went 3-1 in Paris to further carry the team heading into Friday.
Spieth spoke on his excitement for the opportunity of playing in this years’ competition.
That’s not all. There are multiple interesting headlines heading into the contest. For instance, the ongoing rivalry between DeChambeau and Koepka. On the other hand, DeChambeau was quick to shut down any rumors of the feud. DeChambeau put issues aside heading into the competition.
Rather, he is maintaining his focus on coming out of the contest victorious.
U.S. team features new faces
The U.S. is fielding one of their youngest teams. The team is entering the international showdown as a 2-1 favorite. There are six Ryder Cup rookies eager to make their debut: Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger, Harris English and Scottie Scheffler.
And according to FedEx Cup Champion Cantlay, playing in the event is a dream come true.
The contest tees up Friday, Sept. 24 in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin and concludes on Sept. 26.