With the six automatic qualifiers for Zach Johnson’s US Ryder Cup team now confirmed, attention turns to the remaining half a dozen players who will complete his team via his captain’s picks.
Johnson will name his six wildcards on 29 August. Here are the players still in contention for a place in Johnson’s team for the match.
If Johnson chooses Bradley, the captain will be in no doubt he has a player eager to succeed in the Ryder Cup. Bradley recently admitted he thinks about the Ryder Cup “every second I’m awake” as he bids for his first appearance in the biennial match since 2014.
Bradley hasn’t done his chances any harm in recent months, particularly with victory in June’s Travelers Championship, while he finished 11th in the US Ryder Cup points list. However, with strong competition for places and that lack of Ryder Cup action over the last nine years, Bradley faces an anxious week to see if he’s done enough.
After competing for the US in the 2022 Presidents Cup after a good season, Burns had seemed a strong contender for a maiden Ryder Cup appearance. That was further enhanced with a win in the WGC-Match Play at Austin Country Club.
Overall, though, Burns has not quite lived up to expectations in 2023, and with plenty of players with more Ryder Cup experience in the reckoning, it remains to be seen if he has done enough to warrant a place.
Were it not for his involvement with LIV Golf, DeChambeau would surely be a near-certainty for Johnson’s team given his form. Top-10 finishes in the US Open and The Open came before his maiden LIV Golf win at The Greenbrier, which included an astonishing 58 in the third round.
A somewhat underwhelming 2-3-1 record in his previous two Ryder Cup appearances would have given Johnson a reason to consider other options, but his recent form would surely have made a strong case for his inclusion.
With the politics over the involvement of LIV Golf players also coming into play, DeChambeau may have to wait until 2025 for his third Ryder Cup appearance.
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