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This is the first Ryder Cup for me to know basically everyone on the US team, and a lot on the Europe team too. I'm not as familiar with DeChambeau or Finau, but I imagine Jim Furyk (captain) knows what he's doing there. Here are all the guys that auto qualified and were picked by the team captain:
Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.
Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Tony Finau.
The US are the defending champs of 2016, but that was when the event was in the US. Now its in Paris and after Day 1, the US is down 5-3.
Tiger and Phil are struggling so far. Probably the best pairing of Day 1 was Dustin Johnson with Rickie Fowler.
If you're not too familiar with the Ryder Cup, definitely recommend checking out the wiki on it. Put briefly, it's a biannual golf tournament between the US and Europe, that alternates between US and European courses. Plays out over 3 days like this:
The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format will be as follows:
- Day 1 (Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches
- Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches
- Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches
It's a pretty intense event for the golf world. Fans REALLY get into it and it's much more informal than any other PGA tournament. Also, there is no prize pool. So yeah, it's just played for straight up national pride and street cred basically.