Full Rosters Set for American, European Ryder Cup Teams


The Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks were selected on Tuesday. Both U.S. and European Ryder Cup squads are officially set. Both U.S. captain Tom Watson and Euro captain Paul McGinley made their final three choices and now we will be looking forward to another exciting Ryder Cup.

The three U.S. Picks were:

Keegan Bradley

Hunter Mahan

Webb Simpson

The three European picks were:

Stephen Gallacher

Ian Poulter

Lee Westwood

So now here is the full roster for your 2014 Ryder Cup teams.

Team USA:

Tom Watson — Captain
Keegan Bradley
Rickie Fowler
Jim Furyk
Zach Johnson
Matt Kuchar
Hunter Mahan
Phil Mickelson
Patrick Reed
Webb Simpson
Jordan Spieth
Jimmy Walker
Bubba Watson
Raymond Floyd — Vice Captain
Andy North — Vice Captain
Steve Stricker — Vice Captain

Team Europe:

Paul McGinley – Captain
Rory Mcilroy
Henrik Stenson
Sergio Garcia
Victor Dubuisson
Jamie Donaldson
Thomas Bjorn
Martin Kaymer
Graeme McDowell
Justin Rose
Lee Westwood
Stephen Gallacher
Ian Poulter
Des Smyth – Vice Captain
Sam Torrance – Vice Captain

So there you have it! Your 2014 squads! Lee Westwood might have been the biggest surprise to some judging by the Facebook comments I saw. A lot of fans probably thought Luke Donald deserved the pick but what Lee brings is that extra experience and power off the tee.

I had four out of the six picks right (Yay! Mini win!). I had Hunter Mahan, Keegan, and Brendon Todd.

For the Euro squad, I had Ian Poulter, Stephen Gallacher and Luke Donald. My reasons for choosing Brendon and Luke is because of their incredible putting ability.

So who did you think the Ryder Cup Captains should have picked? Do you like the picks? Leave your thoughts and comments below! This is the most exciting time in golf and would love to get your thoughts!

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Phil Wins His First Open Championship

Happy Phil Holding a Happy Claret Jug!

Happy Phil Holding a Happy Claret Jug!

Lee Westwood Was So Close!

Lee Westwood Was So Close!

I Love That Putter Grip!

I Love That Putter Grip!

After collapsing at the U.S. Open yet again, Phil Mickelson made an incredible comeback to take the Claret Jug home for his first British Open title after finishing -3 beating the rest of the field by a solid three strokes with former world top 10 player Henrik Stenson finishing in second. Lee Westwood was very close to winning his first major but collapsed again down the stretch to finish fifth, making Lee’s major record fall to 0-62. There’s no question, Lee is one of the best players in the last 10 years or so worldwide and he’s ninth all-time in wins on the European Tour with 22 but if he wins a major, then that will just add to the success he’s already had and place a dent as him being of Europe’s all-time greats.Phil has had his share of upsets too, but with the U.S. Open.

His Open victory at Muirfield will definitely help him forget his U.S. Open collapse and build him more confidence going into the PGA Championship which is the one major that a lot of people say is the player’s last shot at glory and Phil Mickelson looks to try and win two straight majors as he’s already had a terrific year. With Lee Westwood’s collapse, this marks the second straight collapse at a major where a player had the lead going into the final round but failed to finish.

Lee looks to try take away anyone’s chances at winning arguably one of the most beautiful trophies in sports. The Wanamaker Trophy which is what a lot of people picture of when they vision the look of a trophy. Big, round, with two handles on it, and I’m sure Lee would like to do nothing better than raise that trophy for his first major.

Big ups to Phil though, very well deserved and he was able to get through a very tough Muirfield course where no player finished under par except for Phil himself. This is also the second straight time we’ve seen almost all of the players finish even or over par but Phil obviously was the only one who finished under par.

Phil ended up with an impressive -5 round on Sunday to seal his victory for his fifth major title tying him with Seve Ballesteros and Byron Nelson and if he wins a U.S. Open next year which, as we know he’s very capable of, then he will be only the 7th player in history along with Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Tiger Woods to have the career grand slam.

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