The 2023 Ryder Cup gets underway this week at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy. It will be the 44th playing of the Ryder Cup and the first Cup ever contested in Italy. The Ryder Cup is a match play tournament held biennially between the United States and Europe. Each team has 12 players and a total on 28 points are up for grabs in he 28 matches held.
The United States is coming off a 19-9 victory over Europe in 2021 and will look to claim their first victory on European soil since 1993. Since they are the defending champions, the United States will need just 14 points to “retain” the Ryder Cup. Retaining it does not mean that they win it, as the matches would just end in a tie. In order to win the trophy outright one of the sides needs to win 14.5 points in the matches. Below are my predictions for how things could go down this week in Italy!
The United States Captain’s Picks outproduce the United States automatic qualifiers
As there usually is with the USA’s Captain’s picks, there was a lot of controversy over who was chosen and who was left at home. But looking at the roster, I see the potential that Zach Johnson’s choices to join the team will outscore the automatic qualifiers for America. The automatic qualifiers includes rookies Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, and Max Homa and the other three, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, and Patrick Cantaly all have just one Ryder Cup under their belt and it was at home in 2021. On the Captain’s pick side there is just one rookie in Sam Burns. Four of the other five picks have multiple Ryder Cups under their belts, including Cups on European soil. Between the experience and talent on both sides, I feel that more of the points for America will come from the Captain’s picks.