Who Will Make It Into The Team Europe Ryder Cup Team?
The countdown to the 43rd Ryder Cup is officially on. There are just over six months to go before the big event, and already both teams are beginning to take shape. Of course, the majors season could have a big impact on the members in both teams, but it is unlikely to change too often from what they are looking like at this moment.
The best betting sites in Australia are a good indicator for potential players that could earn their spot in Padraig Harrington’s team. These bookmakers are all regulated by significant government bodies. However, there are already some players that would appear as bankers according to the rankings at this early stage.
The European team will be picked via three captain’s picks, as well as places for the four leading players on the Race to Dubai points rankings and five players from the World Points List. But, which players can we expect to make the grade from these two lists?
The Northern Irishman appears to be a shoo-in for the team, but he will be hoping to go into the Ryder Cup after a first major success in five years. His form over the past 12 months has been substantial, and that has ensured that he is currently the number one ranked player in the world. He ended the last season as the 2019 FedEx Cup champion and will be representing Team Europe for the sixth time in his career.
Fleetwood is currently the player at the top of the European Points table. He has won five events during his time on the European tour and will be celebrating his tenth year of being a professional golfer this year. He won the Race to Dubai in 2017 and has shown fine performances in the majors over the last two years as he has finished second at both the U.S Open and The Open. He is currently at his highest career world ranking of ninth.
The Spaniard is currently at the top of the World Points rankings. Rahm is another player that is in the form of his career, as he is currently ranked at the highest he has ever been. The 25-year-old is currently rated as the second-best player in the world, and most recently won the Race to Dubai. He was awarded the European Tour Golfer of the Year accolade last year. Rahm currently holds the third-best record in terms of average shots needed to put.
Perez may be an unknown quantity to many, but the Frenchman is currently ranked in fourth on the European Points rankings. The 27-year-old only turned professional five years ago and currently holds a career-high world ranking of 38th. He has enjoyed four professional wins in his career, which includes two Challenge Tour titles. He ended the last season with success in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Hatton is currently ranked at the highest spot for a European player to enter the Ryder Cup through the world rankings. The 28-year-old has won four events on the European Tour throughout his career and currently has a career-best 13th world ranking spot. He has made the cut on eleven occasions in his career in the majors.
The Austrian is currently the lowest-ranked player that stands to qualify for the Ryder Cup, but his form this season will be imperative to his chances as he looks to hold off competition for Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson. The 34-year-old turned professional in 2006, and since then he has won seven events on the European Tour. He has eleven professional wins to his name, but it will be a competitive season for him to hold off the pressure from the other top European players.