Golf Update: Jordan Spieth Fights His Way to Ryder Cup Spot
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth benefited from the postponement of Ryder Cup. He moves to No.7 in the US Race to Ryder Cup standings from outside the Top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings last year. The 27-year-old Spieth is now one off the automatic qualification spot behind No6 Xander Schaufele. He is ahead of Patrick Reed, Harris English, Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger, and Tony Finau.
There are six best Americans in the rankings following next month’s BMW Championship. They will automatically qualify and US captain Steve Stricker will name the other six after the Tour Championship. Currently, Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Kopeka, Justin Thomas, and Schauffele occupy the top six spots.
Stricker will try to get the opinion of the top six. Who they think will be the best for the team. He could choose other golfers outside the Top 12. Namely, Webb Simpson, Phil Mickelson, Jason Kokrak, and Billy Horschel are in contention for the captain’s choice. The best golf betting picks are expecting a wild race for the US contingent in the coming Ryder Cup.
Team Europe Lineup Close to Naming Final 12
Meanwhile, the European side is getting closer to naming their squad. This is for the event in September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Europe captain Padraig Harrington said that there is a big chance that he will choose tournament veterans Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia as his “captain’s picks” due to their experience. In a recent interview at Royal St. George’s, Harrington hinted at six veterans and three rookies. They are on the hunt for the three spots. This is given to the head of the delegation in the prestigious team competition.
He can only identify those picks after the European Tour BMW PGA Championships. Currently, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, and Matt Fitzpatrick are provisionally qualified based on European Tour points. Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, and Shane Lowry are in contention based on World Golf ranking points. Lowry has support from McIlroy, who said that he sees the 2019 British Open winner as the third pick if he fails to qualify for Team Europe.
Meanwhile, Harrington has several rookies at his disposal that could provide a surprise in the tournament. Potential Ryder Cup first-timers Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Frenchman Victor Perez are in contention for points but the latter was relegated by Lowry recently. Another golfer fighting for Ryder Cup contention is Robert MacIntyre of Scotland.
The European captain could also use his picks for capable veterans outside of the rankings like Justin Rose and Danny Willett. Harrington admits that it will be hard to choose the captain’s picks but he hinted at prioritizing experienced players over the rookies. However, if there are rookies that are deserving then he will choose them. The world’s best online betting website for golf will be monitoring the final list of the 2021 Ryder Cup for both teams in the coming weeks. The prestigious team tournament is slated for September 24-26.