The Ryder Cup 2016: a closer look at the European team

In just twenty days from now, the 41st Ryder Cup will tee off at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

The European team’s 12 player listing was completed when Captain Darren Clarke announced his three wildcard picks, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Ryder Cup debutant Thomas Pieters.

With the addition of Thomas Pieters, the European team now includes six rookies. By contrast, Brooks Koepka is the only player of the top 8 American qualifiers with no previous Ryder Cup experience.

Meet the European Ryder Cup team:

1.Rafa Cabrera Bello

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Nationality: Spainish
Age: 32
OWGR: 27
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 2
Major championship victories: 0

2.Matthew Fitzpatrick

Nationality: English
Age: 22 when the matches begin
OWGR: 48
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 2
Major championship victories: 0

3. Sergio Garcia

Nationality: Spainish
Age: 36
OWGR: 12
Ryder Cup appearances: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 18-9-5
PGA Tour victories: 9
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: 0

4. Martin Kaymer (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: German
Age: 31
OWGR: 50
Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 4-3-3
PGA Tour victories: 3
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: PGA Championship (2010); U.S. Open (2014)

5. Rory McIlroy

Nationality: Northern Irish
Age: 27
OWGR: 5
Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 6-4-4
PGA Tour victories: 11
European Tour victories: 13
Major championship victories: U.S. Open (2011); Open Championship (2014); PGA Championship (2012, 2014)

6. Thomas Pieters (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: Belgian
Age: 24
OWGR: 41
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

7. Justin Rose

Nationality: English
Age: 36
OWGR: 10
Ryder Cup appearances: 2008, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 9-3-2
PGA Tour victories: 7
European Tour victories: 9
Major championship victories: U.S. Open (2013)

8. Henrik Stenson

Nationality: Sweedish
Age: 40
OWGR: 4
Ryder Cup appearances: 2006, 2008, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 5-4-2
PGA Tour victories: 5
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: Open Championship (2016)

9. Andy Sullivan

Nationality: English
Age: 29
OWGR: 42
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

10.Lee Westwood (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: English
Age: 43
OWGR: 46
Ryder Cup appearances: 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 20-15-6
PGA Tour victories: 2
European Tour victories: 23
Major championship victories: 0

11. Danny Willett

Nationality: English
Age: 28
OWGR: 11
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 1
European Tour victories: 5
Major championship victories: Masters (2016)

12.Chris Wood

Nationality: English
Age: 28
OWGR: 28
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

 

 

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