Team U.S.A. faces off against Team Europe in the 2023 Ryder Cup from Rome September 29th-October 1st. And now the Team USA automatic qualifiers are set for the Ryder Cup. Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Wyndham Clark, and Brian Harman will make up half of the roster. The other 6 spots will be awarded by Captain Zack Johnson on August 29th. The dynamics of the 6 automatic qualifiers is an interesting one for Zach Johnson. Even though Team USA automatic qualifiers are set for the Ryder Cup, only 3 of the 6 have any Ryder Cup experience. And none of them have played in a Ryder Cup on European soil. I think it’s safe to assume Captain Zack will be looking for experience when building out the rest of his team.
Team USA Automatic Qualifiers: Potential Selections
The list of potential selections for Zach Johnson is deep. Brooks Koepka got pushed out in the final round of the BMW Championship by Schauffele. He is likely in, even though he only gets four opportunities a year to earn points. Jordan Spieth is also a close lock to making the team. Other potential selections to keep an eye on include Cameron Young, Sam Burns, Collin Morikawa, and Keegan Bradley from the PGA Tour. A couple of names that are in the mix are Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler. Both have experience playing in Europe, but there are question marks around their current form.
There are some names on LIV Golf that I am keeping an eye on as well outside of Koepka. Bryson DeChambeau, Taylor Gooch, and Patrick Reed are in the top-10 apart from Brooks. Bryson’s 58 made all the headlines. But Taylor Gooch’s season has been really good on the LIV Golf Tour. He has 3 win in 11 events this season. It is a little concerning that he doesn’t have a top-10 outside of those 3 wins. Patrick Reed is 3rd in the LIV Golf standings currently. Reed doesn’t have win this season, but has 5 top-5’s in the 11 events. We haven’t won in Europe since 1993. Here are the 6 names I would choose to fill out the 2023 U.S.A. Ryder Cup team.