There’s always controversy over who’ll be the Captain’s picks for the United States in the Ryder Cup and the picks for the 2023 tournament will be no different. In fact, the 2023 picks will probably be the most talked about picks, win or lose, in a long time for the U.S. and the Ryder Cup due to the current landscape in golf.
U.S. Captain, Zach Johnson, will have the pleasure of being the first captain to have to choose between picking PGA Tour players and LIV players for the American team. At the center of the whole discussion is Brooks Koepka, who was in the automatic qualifying up until the last week, when he was bumped off and fell to 7th in the standings. With Koepka being a golfer on the LIV Tour, there’s been discussion as to if Johnson will select him for the team or if he’ll opt to make a team full of PGA Tour players and leave all LIV golfers off the roster.
Below are my picks for the U.S. roster as the team looks to win their first Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993.
With the exception of the 2019 Presidents Cup, Spieth has been a mainstay on the American teams and that shouldn’t change in 2023. He has an 8-7-3 career record in the Ryder Cup and is coming off a 5-0-0 showing in last year’s Presidents Cup. He also finished 8th in the points standings, which should essentially lock him into this team.
Morikawa made his Ryder Cup debut in 2021 and went 3-0-1 in his four matches. He finished 10th in the American standings, which should be enough to make him an easy pick by Johnson for the team.