Seven out of the twelve players handpicked by Captain Zach Johnson for the 2023 Team USA Ryder Cup are returning as champions from their victorious 2021 campaign at Wisconsin's Whistling Straits. Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas are set to defend their title, alongside the new additions of Sam Burns, Wyndham Clark, Rickie Fowler, Brian Harman, and Max Homa, all selected by Captain Johnson.
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Wild cards have been granted to Thomas, Fowler, Koepka, Spieth, Morikawa, and Burns, while Scheffler, Clark, Cantlay, Harman, Homa, and Schauffele have qualified. Additionally, Koepka, a Super League Arab player and a five-time Major champion, will make an appearance on the field.
Despite an underwhelming season, Johnson has opted to include the 23-year-old talent from West Palm Beach, who topped the world rankings for a total of 47 weeks.
Amongst the returning champions, Fowler and Spieth will make their fifth appearance, Koepka his fourth, Thomas his third, while Morikawa, Scheffler, Cantlay, and Schauffele are set for their second.
Burns, Clark, Harman, and Homa will all be making their thrilling debut.
As for Vice Captains, Zach Johnson has selected five trusted individuals, including Steve Stricker (Captain of 2021), Davis Love III (2012 and 2016), Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, and Stewart Cink.
With such an esteemed roster and expert leadership, Team USA is sure to make a formidable presence and give their all in this highly anticipated tournament.
Brooks Koepka played golf at Florida State University in Tallahassee and, as an amateur, won three tournaments and was a three-time All-America. He went on to qualify for the U.S. Open 2012, where however he did not make the cut.
In the same summer he turned professional, participating in the Challenge Tour. He won his first title at the Challenge de Catalunya, while in the following season he won the Montecchia Open and triumphed at the Challenge de España, where he set the record score of the competition, 260 (-24) , winning by as many as 10 shots.
Three weeks later, with the Scottish Challenge victory, he earned the chance to play on the European Tour for the remainder of 2013 and 2014. This year he won the Turkish Airlines Open and placed third at the Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega European Masters.
Coming eighth in the Race to Dubai standings, he was named "rookie of the year". The first title on the PGA Tour also arrived in 2015, the Phoenix Open. At the Open Championship he finished tenth and at the PGA Championship he finished fifth.
At the end of the season he renounces participating in the European Tour. At the U.S. Open 2017 wins his first Major, scoring a -16 and thus equaling Rory McIlroy's 2011 tournament record. In the following year, despite a wrist operation and the consequent withdrawal from the Masters, he manages to successfully defend the U.S.
title Open (no one had succeeded since Curtis Strange in 1989) and won his third Major, the PGA Championship. Thanks to the victory of the CJ Cup he reaches the first position in the world ranking.
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