2021 Ryder Cup teams: Ranking all 24 golfers for the United States and Europe at Whistling Straits

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The Ryder Cup is unlike any other event in professional golf. This is not exactly breaking news, but it should inform the way players are considered leading into the 43rd edition of this event at mighty Whistling Straits on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Ranking players for major championships is straightforward. Who’s playing well? Who’s hot? Who has played well at these types of events or courses in the past? Over the course of 72 holes of stroke play, the most talented players who have been playing the best golf almost always rise to the top of the leaderboard.

Ryder Cups are trickier. You’re dealing with 18 holes at a time in unfamiliar formats. Things that you would not consider in a stroke-play event — playing partners, excitement for team events, ability to play different formats, playability in general — must be considered. 

Oftentimes for majors, I rank players straight off of their strokes-gained numbers over the last 20 rounds or three months or some arbitrary number like that. When combined with other things like course fit, it’s a good predictor. And while I still used that number, I didn’t weight it as heavily as I normally do for all the reasons mentioned above and also because a lot of these guys haven’t played in nearly three weeks. We should consider the fact that Collin Morikawa was bad during the FedEx Cup Playoffs, but we perhaps shouldn’t consider it as much as we would if he was playing a major two weeks ago.

With all those caveats and one of the monumental events of the year directly in front of us, here are my rankings of all 24 players at the 43rd Ryder Cup.

2021 Ryder Cup teams, rankings

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