Ryder Cup 2023, big names will not be in Italy

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Ryder Cup 2023, big names will not be in Italy

As the war between LIV Golf, the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour escalates, there are many reasons for concern for the Ryder Cup. Do not panic for lovers of the greatest team competition in golf: the Ryder Cup 2023 will be played in Rome, at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, at the end of September 2023.

This is not to say that the holding of the event is threatened. The biennial competition will take place. But his sporting interest is wavering. There is much to fear that the European and American teams will be weakened, by the game of the suspensions already announced and those to come for the dissidents of the LIV.

And it is almost a certainty, the situation will only get worse. Even if the events are very "moving" in this confrontation which opposes the historic circuits to the new El Dorado of world golf.

Ryder Cup, situation

Yes, big Ryder Cup names will not be in Italy.

Lots of big names. Nothing has been decided yet but it is very likely, at this stage of the conflict, that no American player who has left for the LIV will play the Ryder Cup 2023. Not even any Ryder Cup in the future, even if the LIV circuit was one day to award world points.

Zach Johnson, the American captain, was very clear on this subject during the John Deere Classic. “To be selectable, you must accumulate points through the PGA of America. To earn these points, you must be a member of the PGA of America.

We are members of the PGA of America via the PGA Tour. » The list of the main players with the star-spangled banner who have yielded to the sirens of Saudi greenbacks is, in order of the prestige of their prize list: Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Na, Matthew Wolff… There are glitzy names and even Ryder Cup legends.

But for the most part, these are players rather at the very end of their career (Mickelson), in the second part of their career (DJ, Reed) or in difficulty for several months on the physical level (Koepka, BDC). Above all, they all present an ultra-individualistic profile which has not always married well with the spirit of a team competition.

We are not going to lie to each other, the USA are doing a good deal by getting rid of the integration problems of Mickelson, Reed, DeChambeau, and also with the latent conflict between Koepka and DJ. In a way, the situation almost makes the job of captain Zach Johnson and the PGA of America easier.

With Scottie Scheffler, the current world No. 1, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau, young players who get along very well with each other, the hard core of "Team USA" is already impressive on paper.

With the probable arrival of "rookies" such as Sam Burns, Will Zalatoris or Max Homa, we are not worried about the American team. She will look great and be a huge favorite in Rome… It's hard to say the same for the future European team, which was already badly beaten last year at Whistling Straits.

Winner of 12 of the last 18 editions, the Old Continent team has forged a collective with great victories, sometimes legendary (Medinah in 2012). Unforgettable successes that have helped build a united and conquering state of mind that has become the hallmark of a team that is rarely a favorite on paper.

This immense blue and yellow passion for the event has been transmitted from generation to generation to their peers by immense champions (Ballesteros first, Faldo, Olazabal, Langer, Montgomerie, Garcia then). This unity, this ardent desire to play and win together, the Americans have long been jealous of...

But now everything seems to be falling apart. DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley has yet to issue the same sanctions as his PGA Tour counterpart, Jay Mohanan. The European rebels are not permanently suspended, but for a few tournaments only.

For the moment because in the long term, we seem to be going straight towards an identical logic. The DP World Tour, already very fragile economically and relieved of many big players, must protect itself. The “calendar” rapprochement with the PGA Tour goes in this direction.

It seems almost inevitable that Pelley will be forced to align himself with the decisions taken across the Atlantic... The problem is, sportingly, it feels like a step back in Ryder Cup history. Let's not forget that before the arrival of the continental players, the competition boiled down to a clash between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland and almost inevitably ended in crushing victories for the first camp.

If the Europeans of LIV are deprived of the Ryder Cup, we are going straight to this kind of sporting scenario…