2018 Ryder Cup: Complete Team Europe player capsules


The Ryder Cup will be played from Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National outside Paris.

Captain Thomas Bjorn and Team Europe will be looking to continue a 25-year winning streak against the Americans on European soil.

The 12-man European Team includes the four players from the European Points List, followed by the leading four players from the World Points List and four wild cards.

The eight players who qualified are: Francesco Molinari, World No. 1 Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Norén and Thorbjørn Olesen.

Bjorn’s four captain’s picks are: Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

Here’s a player-by-player look at the European squad:

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Francesco Molinari

Age: 35

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 19 starts, two wins (British Open, QuickenLoans National), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 0-4-2 record in two appearances

Buzz: Burst onto the world stage with his win at Carnoustie, and his experience will be key on a very young squad. Now Molinari can continue to prove something with a strong showing as he enters Paris still winless in Ryder Cup matches all time.

 

(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Justin Rose

Age: 38

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 17 starts, two wins (WGC-HSBC Champions, Fort Worth Invitational), 10 top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 11-6-2 record in four appearances

Buzz: Rose is playing some of the best golf of his career and kept it going at the BMW, where he came up short in a playoff and finished runner-up to Keegan Bradley. It’s on Rose to step up and set the tone in a leadership role as the Euros look to defend on home soil. Even though he missed that gimme putt in the BMW playoff, Rose is riding high after earning that No. 1 spot in the world rankings.

(Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports_

Tyrrell Hatton

Age: 26

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, four top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Hatton made big moves with two European Tour wins a year ago. He’s been a consistent presence in making the cut at all four majors in 2018, including top-10s at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Possibly the start of a lengthy Ryder Cup career for the rising Hatton. He is a fierce competitor who enjoys displaying his emotions on the course. He’ll have to know when to turn on his anger and his charm in Paris.  

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Tommy Fleetwood of England seen as he practices during previews to the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 15, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
(Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood

Age: 27

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Fleetwood nearly pulled off the comeback of the year with a final-round 63 at the U.S. Open and settled for solo second. Hasn’t won since the Abu Dhabi in January, but statistically solid and a consistent presence with just one missed cut all season. Finished inside the top 25 in each of the first three playoff events, including a T-8 at the BMW.

Jon Rahm-PGA Tour-Wells Fargo Championship
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Jon Rahm

Age: 23

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, one win (CareerBuilder Challenge), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Yet another Ryder Cup rookie, Rahm avoided the sophomore slump by winning early in his second season and got into contention with a pair of top-5 finishes at the Masters and PGA Championship. He hasn’t done much in the playoffs, and finding the right partner who can help Rahm keep his emotions in check will be key.  

(Warren Little/Getty Images)

Thorbjørn Olesen

Age: 28

2018 European Tour highlights: 19 starts, one win (Italian Open)six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Olesen finished the year on a strong note, with a T-12 at the British Open, T-3 at the WGC-Bridgestone and solo fourth at the Nordea Masters. He also finished runner-up at the BMW International Open in June. Slated to become the third Dane ever to compete in a Ryder Cup, a group which includes decorated captain Thomas Bjorn.

 

Rory McIlroy-British Open
(Peter Morrison/Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy

Age: 29

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 17 starts, one win (Arnold Palmer Invitational), six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 9-6-4 record in three appearances.

Buzz: McIlroy looked poised for a big season when he won at Bay Hill, but his year has since been defined by close calls with runner-up finishes at the British Open and BMW PGA Championship. Also turned in a strong showing with a solo fifth in Philadelphia. He’ll be relied upon to make sure team chemistry is where it needs to be as one of the most experienced players on the squad.

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Alex Noren

Age: 36

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, three top-10s.

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Noren may be green, but he earned some street cred with a solo third finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies match play in March. Won the French Open in July to make it four consecutive seasons with a European Tour win and always seems on the cusp of taking the next big step.

 

(Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Paul Casey

Age: 41

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 19 starts, one win (Valspar Championship), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 3-2-4 record in three appearances.

Buzz: Casey’s decision to re-join the European Tour specifically to play in this year’s Ryder Cup paid off. He got the nod from Bjorn and withdrew from the BMW just a few days later citing a back injury, which the Euros are hoping won’t linger into the matches at Le Golf National.

(David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Sergio Garcia

Age: 38

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 15 starts, three top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 19-11-7 record in eight appearances.

Buzz: He’s the most veteran member of the squad but having a mediocre season by his standards. The finish was especially brutal with five missed cuts in his last seven events, and a T-24 at the Wyndam Championship was his best finish since a solo fourth at the Valspar back in early March.

(David Cannon/Getty Images)

Ian Poulter

Age: 42

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 20 starts, one win (Houston Open), four top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 12-4-2 record in five appearances.

Buzz: Poulter is back in the mix after sitting out two years ago at Hazeltine, and there’s no doubt he’ll bring plenty of fire to Paris. Poulter got into the Masters at the 11th hour with his win in Houston and kept the momentum going with a T-11 at the Players Championship and T-10 at Bridgestone.

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Henrik Stenson

Age: 42

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 5-4-2 record in four appearances.

Buzz: Stenson has been on two winning teams and got the call with Bjorn clearly placing an emphasis on experience over current form. Stenson missed the cut at the PGA Championship and couldn’t crack the top 15 in any of the first three playoff events, as he’s slowed considerably after a stretch of three consecutive top-10 finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Houston Open and Masters earlier this year.

(Note: A version of this story appears in the September 2018 Golfweek.)


The Ryder Cup will be played from Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National outside Paris.

Captain Thomas Bjorn and Team Europe will be looking to continue a 25-year winning streak against the Americans on European soil.

The 12-man European Team includes the four players from the European Points List, followed by the leading four players from the World Points List and four wild cards.

The eight players who qualified are: Francesco Molinari, World No. 1 Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Norén and Thorbjørn Olesen.

Bjorn’s four captain’s picks are: Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

Here’s a player-by-player look at the European squad:

(Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Francesco Molinari

Age: 35

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 19 starts, two wins (British Open, QuickenLoans National), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 0-4-2 record in two appearances

Buzz: Burst onto the world stage with his win at Carnoustie, and his experience will be key on a very young squad. Now Molinari can continue to prove something with a strong showing as he enters Paris still winless in Ryder Cup matches all time.

 

(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Justin Rose

Age: 38

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 17 starts, two wins (WGC-HSBC Champions, Fort Worth Invitational), 10 top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 11-6-2 record in four appearances

Buzz: Rose is playing some of the best golf of his career and kept it going at the BMW, where he came up short in a playoff and finished runner-up to Keegan Bradley. It’s on Rose to step up and set the tone in a leadership role as the Euros look to defend on home soil. Even though he missed that gimme putt in the BMW playoff, Rose is riding high after earning that No. 1 spot in the world rankings.

(Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports_

Tyrrell Hatton

Age: 26

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, four top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Hatton made big moves with two European Tour wins a year ago. He’s been a consistent presence in making the cut at all four majors in 2018, including top-10s at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Possibly the start of a lengthy Ryder Cup career for the rising Hatton. He is a fierce competitor who enjoys displaying his emotions on the course. He’ll have to know when to turn on his anger and his charm in Paris.  

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Tommy Fleetwood of England seen as he practices during previews to the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 15, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
(Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood

Age: 27

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Fleetwood nearly pulled off the comeback of the year with a final-round 63 at the U.S. Open and settled for solo second. Hasn’t won since the Abu Dhabi in January, but statistically solid and a consistent presence with just one missed cut all season. Finished inside the top 25 in each of the first three playoff events, including a T-8 at the BMW.

Jon Rahm-PGA Tour-Wells Fargo Championship
(Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports)

Jon Rahm

Age: 23

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, one win (CareerBuilder Challenge), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Yet another Ryder Cup rookie, Rahm avoided the sophomore slump by winning early in his second season and got into contention with a pair of top-5 finishes at the Masters and PGA Championship. He hasn’t done much in the playoffs, and finding the right partner who can help Rahm keep his emotions in check will be key.  

(Warren Little/Getty Images)

Thorbjørn Olesen

Age: 28

2018 European Tour highlights: 19 starts, one win (Italian Open)six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Olesen finished the year on a strong note, with a T-12 at the British Open, T-3 at the WGC-Bridgestone and solo fourth at the Nordea Masters. He also finished runner-up at the BMW International Open in June. Slated to become the third Dane ever to compete in a Ryder Cup, a group which includes decorated captain Thomas Bjorn.

 

Rory McIlroy-British Open
(Peter Morrison/Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy

Age: 29

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 17 starts, one win (Arnold Palmer Invitational), six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 9-6-4 record in three appearances.

Buzz: McIlroy looked poised for a big season when he won at Bay Hill, but his year has since been defined by close calls with runner-up finishes at the British Open and BMW PGA Championship. Also turned in a strong showing with a solo fifth in Philadelphia. He’ll be relied upon to make sure team chemistry is where it needs to be as one of the most experienced players on the squad.

(Getty Images)

Alex Noren

Age: 36

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, three top-10s.

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Noren may be green, but he earned some street cred with a solo third finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies match play in March. Won the French Open in July to make it four consecutive seasons with a European Tour win and always seems on the cusp of taking the next big step.

 

(Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Paul Casey

Age: 41

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 19 starts, one win (Valspar Championship), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 3-2-4 record in three appearances.

Buzz: Casey’s decision to re-join the European Tour specifically to play in this year’s Ryder Cup paid off. He got the nod from Bjorn and withdrew from the BMW just a few days later citing a back injury, which the Euros are hoping won’t linger into the matches at Le Golf National.

(David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Sergio Garcia

Age: 38

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 15 starts, three top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 19-11-7 record in eight appearances.

Buzz: He’s the most veteran member of the squad but having a mediocre season by his standards. The finish was especially brutal with five missed cuts in his last seven events, and a T-24 at the Wyndam Championship was his best finish since a solo fourth at the Valspar back in early March.

(David Cannon/Getty Images)

Ian Poulter

Age: 42

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 20 starts, one win (Houston Open), four top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 12-4-2 record in five appearances.

Buzz: Poulter is back in the mix after sitting out two years ago at Hazeltine, and there’s no doubt he’ll bring plenty of fire to Paris. Poulter got into the Masters at the 11th hour with his win in Houston and kept the momentum going with a T-11 at the Players Championship and T-10 at Bridgestone.

(Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson

Age: 42

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 5-4-2 record in four appearances.

Buzz: Stenson has been on two winning teams and got the call with Bjorn clearly placing an emphasis on experience over current form. Stenson missed the cut at the PGA Championship and couldn’t crack the top 15 in any of the first three playoff events, as he’s slowed considerably after a stretch of three consecutive top-10 finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Houston Open and Masters earlier this year.

(Note: A version of this story appears in the September 2018 Golfweek.)

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