It's now the end of August and the Ryder Cup is just one month away! This year's Cup runs from September 28th to the 30th. It's being played near Paris - it's just the second time a Ryder Cup has been held in continental Europe. While the rosters for both teams haven't been finalized yet, the players vying for position on both sides are all incredibly talented and this year's Cup should be a tight one.
Team USA has some tough decisions to make. The top of the team is basically set in stone - Brooks Koepka is the clear #1 with his two major wins this season. DJ and JT are right behind him, setting up a very strong top 3 for the States. The remaining players on the roster are all just as important as the top guys - Patrick Reed loves this type of format and should be the catalyst for the US team's success. If he plays well I expect everyone to follow suit - if he struggles, I could see it really hurting the morale of the US team; his Ryder Cup record is the strongest of the group. The tough decisions will be the Captain's picks - Tiger is pretty much a lock, how could you not stick him on the team? Phil could be a good choice for a veteran presence, however his play recently hasn't been the best, so he may be playing himself out of a spot. There are plenty of younger guys who are all going to be good picks - Kisner, Finau, DeChambeau, Schauffele - who will be picked?
Team Europe is stacked - they may not have the big hitters like Koepka, DJ, and JT, but their guys are all great players from tee-to-green and should give Europe a great shot at winning the Cup. Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, and Tommy Fleetwood are the top four guys right now - there are no weak links here, these four guys are going to rack up some points for Europe. The next set of guys right below these four is also stacked - Jon Rahm, Rory, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen - that is a fantastic set of players that are the "bottom four." Look out for this team, they are loaded with talent and should be a slight favorite playing at home in Europe.