Ryder Cup: Nine U.S. players earn spots

Bubba Watson was one of nine players who earned automatic spots on the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Scores »

, -




PosNameTodayThruScore
Complete Leaderboard »

We know the first nine players who will represent the U.S. in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson led the way in the points race, which closed after the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Others making the squad include Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth.

Overall, that's two players with winning Ryder Cup records, four with losing records and three rookies.

U.S. captain Tom Watson will select three more captain's picks next month to bring the total to 12.

Here is a closer look at the nine players who earned automatic spots on the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

• • •

photo

Bubba Watson

Age: 35

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 17 starts, two wins (Northern Trust, Masters), seven top 10s

Ryder Cup experience: 3-5 record in two appearances

Buzz: Watson started the season off strong with two wins, including his second Masters triumph, and three other top 3s before June. But he’s cooled off this summer, with no finishes better than T-16 since missing the cut at the U.S. Open.

• • •

photo

Rickie Fowler

Age: 25

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 22 starts, seven top 10s, including two-runner-up finishes (U.S. Open, Open Championship)

Ryder Cup experience: 0-1-2 record in one appearance

Buzz: Fowler has been stellar in the majors this year, with top-five finishes in each of them this season. He also has a pair of top 10s in WGC events, too, so he knows how to step up on the biggest of stages.

• • •

photo

Jim Furyk

Age: 44

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 17 starts, eight top 10s, including three runner-up finishes

Ryder Cup experience: 9-17-4 record in eight appearances

Buzz: There are few players hotter than Furyk right now. He hasn’t won, but he has four finishes of fourth or better since May and has finished worse than T-19 just once in his last 12 starts.

• • •

photo

Jimmy Walker

Age: 35

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 23 starts, three wins, nine top 10s

Ryder Cup experience: making first appearance

Buzz: Walker won three times in his first nine starts this season, and although he hasn’t won again, he still has 10 top 25s in his last 15 starts. He has played a lot of golf, though, compared to some of his teammates.

• • •

photo

Phil Mickelson

Age: 44

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, one top 10

Ryder Cup experience: 14-18-6 record in nine appearances

Buzz: No top 10s all season until the PGA Championship. But Lefty, last year’s Open Championship winner, uses that runner-up finish at Valhalla to automatically make Tom Watson’s squad – of course, he would’ve been a captain’s pick anyways.

• • •

photo

Matt Kuchar

Age: 36

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 20 starts, one win, 10 top 10s

Ryder Cup experience: 3-2-2 record in two appearances

Buzz: A back injury forced Kuchar to pull out at Valhalla before his first-round tee time. When healthy, though, Kuchar is one of the most consistent players in the game with just two missed cuts and 10 top 10s this season.

• • •

photo

Jordan Spieth

Age: 21

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 23 starts, seven top 10s, including two runner-up finishes

Ryder Cup experience: making first appearance

Buzz: The kid earned a spot on the Presidents Cup team last fall and now gets his first Ryder Cup nod. He has just one top 10 since The Players and missed the cut at Valhalla, so he’ll look to rebuild some momentum during the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

• • •

photo

Patrick Reed

Age: 24

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 23 starts, two wins (Humana, WGC-Cadillac), three top 10s

Ryder Cup experience: making first appearance

Buzz: Reed had two wins by early March, but has been reeling ever since. He has six missed cuts and just one top-10 finish in 13 starts since winning at Doral.

• • •

photo

Zach Johnson

Age: 38

2014 PGA Tour highlights: 22 starts, one win (Hyundai), five top 10s

Ryder Cup experience: 6-4-1 record in three appearances

Buzz: Johnson was runner-up at the John Deere in July, but since April he has no other finishes better than T-14. He’s a short hitter, but has Ryder Cup experience.

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification