Are the US Ryder cup team the Invincibles
Are the USA the Invincibles 2018?
Not many teams have come to be knows as the Invincibles. Today we ask, do you think the US team look unstoppable this year?
Only eight of the 12 spots on the United States' Ryder Cup team are officially spoken for. Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson are the players guaranteed to represent the red, white and blue at Le Golf National in the end of September.
Today’s blog looks at the US Ryder cup team, who we think will be in Jim Furyks team and how we think they will fair against Europe before we announce later in the week our last two picks for the European Ryder cup team (we may announce 3 as ‘Mr Ryder Cup,’ has now got in on merit.
Firstly, lets look at the US team, starting with Dustin Johnson.
Dustin Jonhson is currently sat 2nd on the PGA tour money list but has listed the most birdies per round at 4.74. He has spent most of the 2018 as world number one? Need we say anymore.
Brookes & Bubba
In addition, Brooks Keopka has achieved 3 top 10 finishes during August including first place at the PGA championship. He also has quite an impeccable record in the Ryder cup with 3 wins and just one loss in the 2016 Championship (2 wins when partnered with Brandt Snedeker). Will he flourish with a new partner or do you think he will be out of sorts without his BFF?
39-year-old Bubba Watson is another automatic qualifier. Whilst his most recent form has been nothing to write home about. He has won three times on the PGA Tour this season: Genesis Open, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Travelers Championship. Watson, a two-time Masters winner, has won the Travelers three times, also winning in 2010 and 2015. One of the game's great shot-shapers, Watson is a three-time Ryder Cup veteran (2010, ’12, and ’14) and has also represented the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Impressive season and the conqueror of Rory.
Another with impressive form. Despite missing the cut at the Open, Justin Thomas he has recorded 3 top 10 finishes shooting under 70 in each round of each event. He is also sat number 1 on the PGA money list. Whilst Thomas has yet to compete in the Ryder cup, following his achievements in 2017 which included his first major and the £10 million FedExCup, he is sure to be one of the outstanding performers next month.
After taking down Europe’s best player Rory McIlory in the Sunday singles in 2016, Patrick Reed became the Americans version of Ian Poulter. Playing like a man possessed, he battled to a Ryder Cup best 3.5 points and sent shockwaves through the rest of the field following his slug fest with McIlroy. Could he be the one to tame Rory yet again?
The former world number one.
The 25-year-old former world number 1 Spieth has five top-10 finishes this season. That includes a third-place finish at the Masters Tournament and a tie for ninth at The Open Championship. The man is just the PGA Championship shy of a career Grand Slam. Despite his early season form being much better than his most recent form, he has still amassed 6 top 10 finishes and has played well in 3 out of the 4 majors which shows he is still a man for the big occasion.
Rickie Fowler is another whose early season form outweighs his recent performances. However, Rickie is a steady hand. The US teams Henrik Stenson if you like. Plus, despite recent injury worries, he believe he will be back and ready for the Ryder Cup.
Finally, Webb Simpson has had an equally impressive season. Including, five wins on the PGA Tour, first winning the 2011 Wyndham Championship. He later won the 2012 U.S. Open, beating Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson by one shot. Simpson has had a strong 2017-18 season. He won The Players Championship by four strokes, his first PGA Tour win since 2013. Simpson also has six top-10 finishes this season. He tied for 10th at the U.S. Open, tied for 12th at The Open Championship and was T19 in the PGA Championship.
Who is on the cusp?
So, we are asking who is on the bubble for Team US?
Our favourite RoboGolfPro owner ‘The professor’ is coming off the back of a win, his second is two months. Shooting 18 under 266 at Ridgefield Country club to win the FedEx Cup Playoff opener by four shots. Just two years ago, DeChambeau tied for 21st as an amateur at the Masters, then soon after turned pro. He did not accomplish enough to earn a PGA Tour card, but went to the Web.com Finals, where he won an event to earn his place on the PGA Tour for the 2016-17 season. We would like the see Bryson in, and on recent form he probably deserves it.
However, it is unlikely that Furyk will not want to take youth without some experience. With the resurgent Tiger Woods performing well over the last few weeks, who is to bet that the player who has risen from 1200th in the World to 26thin the World is not going to be included?
In addition, Phil Mickleson, who hasn’t missed out on a U.S national team since 1994. Is another who can be a birdie machine and add some serious value to the team.
Finally, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner, Xander Schauffele and Brandt Snedeker are also sniffing around as are Patrick Cantlay and Zach Johnson. And then there's Tony Finau, who secured his third second-place finish and ninth top-10 finish of the season with four rounds in the 60s in New Jersey. Sure, his bomb-and-gouge style isn't a perfect fit for Le Golf National, but he'd pair perfectly with a Simpson or a Spieth, guys who can grind out pars while Finau takes chances.
So, what do you think? Who should they take? Do you agree with our picks of DeChambeau, Woods, Mickleson and a.n.other (we are still unsure too), or would you like to see some more experience or youth getting a shot? Comment on our blog below and let us know your thoughts.