For golf fans like myself and many others around the world, there a certain events that really get the blood pumping. Looking out at the first tee of Augusta National on the first full weekend in April, is set to give any golf enthusiast chills down their spine. But then there is one event that only comes every two years that brings Rickie Fowler fans together with Jordan Spieth fans; and Rory McIlroy fans together with Justin Rose fans. That great spectacle would be the Ryder Cup that is set to begin on September 28th all the way through the 30th at Le Golf National in Paris France. The event is full of some of the biggest names and best golfers in the entire world representing their regions and country.
The United States is coming off a Ryder Cup victory back in 2016, one that snapped a European 3 match win steak. Europe has been rather dominant in the last 33 years with an 11-5 record in that stretch that included 4 wins on American soil.
The storyline is a little different this year. The Americans, who are young and stacked with talent, seem to be the runaway favorites to win away from the States, something that hasn’t been done since 1993. The Europeans may lack in talent, but they make up for it in experience. Players like Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia have all been around the block in this event. All four were on the 2014 team that defeated the Americans by 5 in Scotland.
United States - Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods
Europe - Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson
While both teams have some very formidable superstars at the top of their orders, I think the United States has significantly better depth in their players. Tony Finau or Webb Simpson can give some of the European stars a run for their money on any given weekend, and I don’t see the likes of Thorbjorn Olesen or Alex Noren really showing any sort of competition to the back end of the United States lineup.
As for the stars, I think the United States has the greater number of them and has the better quality of stars as well. That is no knock on the Europeans because I think Tommy Fleetwood is on his way to becoming a top 3 golfer in the world, add on top of that world number 1 Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy and you have a scary group of golfers. The United States however has stars up and down their lineup to where the Europeans really can't keep up.
With all that has been said, I think the United States will come out on top when it's all said and done. Their depth will be able to add scoring deep into the weekend and pull away from the weaker European depth players. The United States will win a high scoring weekend 18-10 ½, giving the Americans their first back to back Ryder Cup victories since 1991 and 1993.