There has been talk of scrapping Ryder Cup qualification and letting the captains pick the teams. So we thought we'd have some fun with it. Is this how Team Europe will look in September?
Whether or not the Ryder Cup goes ahead is very much up in the air, and one suggestion that has been put forward is it could go ahead with 24 players all picked by the captains, Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker. So that got us thinking, what might the European Ryder Cup team look like in that scenario? Four of our writers pick their 12 and we’ll do the maths at the end to see who’s headed to Whistling Straits…
My Ryder Cup team: Alex Perry
I’m not going to insult you with a reason.
Will take over from Ian Poulter as Europe’s talisman for years to come. El Cartero, if you will.
Proved in France he’s not all about being Mr Nice Guy.
Tell me he hasn’t done enough to be included?
Has told me to my face that he’s desperate for a Ryder Cup cap. Now a major champion, it’s happening.
Felt a bit timid on his debut in Paris but he’s a tenacious so-and-so and maybe an away Ryder Cup is the best way to bring that out.
Fallen off the face since his Masters collapse so I feel obligated to use this opportunity to let him get his career back on track. That and the Moliwood thing.
I actually wouldn’t have picked him for Paris. How wrong I was. He’s in.
This is his arena. His one last chance to stick it to the Americans in their own back yard.
While we were all crooning over Moliwood in Paris, the Iceman was quietly collecting three points from three. He’s in.
I like this kid’s moxie. He’ll pick off his opposition one by one and all with a beaming smile on his face.
I want two rookies and Wallace was unfortunate to miss out last time. I quite like the idea of sending him and Hatton out like two little terriers after a long car drive.
My Ryder Cup team: Dan Murphy
No explanation required.
I’d like to see this Spanish bull intimidating his opponents in his second Ryder Cup.
The record points-scorer has at least one more match in him.
Surprising that he only has one previous appearance to his name.
Formidable in this format an an older statesman.
I’m sure he’ll be back to his normal self come September.
Still a class act and has a great record in the Ryder Cup.
Let nobody down in Paris and has grown since then.
Been around for a while now and is underrated simply on account of being small. He shouldn’t be. Discounted that is, not small.
Gradually starting to play like he did when he won the Masters – but stronger, wiser and better technically.
He was brilliant on his most recent appearance at Gleneagles and has played like his old self for a good year now.
Surely a fixture for years to come. Let’s blood him this year in what is an otherwise highly experienced team.
My Ryder Cup team: Hannah Holden
Leading the team out. No questions about this pick.
He brought some serious firepower to the team in 2018 and took down Tiger in singles.
I don’t actually have to explain this one do I?
He’s been in great form and has lots of experience in America. He is also a good putter has a fantastic Ryder Cup record.
Crucial in Paris and I don’t see why he can’t do that again.
He has a good track record in Ryder Cups overseas and is still one of our highest ranked players in the world rankings.
Great foursomes player for Rose and 100% record in Paris makes this a no brainer.
Having more players based in the US is extremely helpful in an away match.
He won all his matches last time he played in the Ryder Cup in the US. Great foursomes player and great putter.
Reigning Open champion the passion and excitement he brought to the Open in Ireland under the pressure of a home crowd was outstanding and I think he would embrace the pressure of a Ryder Cup in the States.
He’s already racked up a PGA Tour victory and nearly climbed into the top 50 in the world after less than a year on tour.
My Ryder Cup team: Steve Carroll
World No 1. No more needs to be said.
Took down Tiger on singles Sunday last time out and should be the passionate heart of Europe for years to come.
Inside that easy going exterior beats the heart of a ruthless match play exponent. His partnership with Molinari could be the new Seve/Olly pairing.
One point out of three in France but Tyrrell would have learned from that and no one can doubt his tenacity.
Solid at Le Golf National after a 10-year absence, confident Casey would surely like nothing better than to be the man at Whistling Straits.
Don’t care about form, he’s proved enough in this cauldron over the years to be given the benefit of the doubt at least once.
If an Open champion and WGC winner doesn’t play in a Ryder Cup then something is amiss.
I’d still be picking Stenson when he’s 60.
Dunking the Green Jacket at the 15th looks to have left a mark. But I’m not leaving out the man who went 5/5 at Le Golf National.
An inspirational servant for so many years, this would probably be his last Ryder Cup as a player. He’d be determined to stick it to the Americans in their own back yard.
The forgotten hero of that rather drab effort at Hazeltine, with Thomas Pieters, Rafa was unlucky not to get in as Bjorn went for experience in his wildcards two years ago.
Gets the nod ahead of Garcia. It feels very odd leaving out the record points scorer, and maybe that would come back to bite me, but Fitz has something to prove after Hazeltine and this pick is more about the future.
NCG’s final 2020 Ryder Cup team
1. Rory McIlroy (4 votes)
2. Jon Rahm (4 votes)
3. Tommy Fleetwood (4 votes)
4. Justin Rose (4 votes)
5. Henrik Stenson (4 votes)
6. Tyrrell Hatton (3 votes)
7. Francesco Molinari (3 votes)
8. Sergio Garcia (3 votes)
9. Ian Poulter (3 votes)
10. Paul Casey (3 votes)
11. Shane Lowry (3 votes)
12. Viktor Hovland (3 votes)
1. Graeme McDowell (2 votes)
2. Matt Fitzpatrick (2 votes)
3. Matt Wallace (1 vote)
4. Danny Willett (1 vote)
5. Rafa Cabrera-Bello (1 vote)
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