Who Will Be on the 2021 European Ryder Cup Roster?

By Michael Wynn in Golf
| June 17, 2021 9:11 am PDT

Padraig Harrington will have plenty of options when the time comes to fill out his 2021 European Ryder Cup team. The first four names from the European Ryder Cup Points list will gain an automatic spot; they’ll be joined by the top five names from the World Points List.

At the conclusion of the BMW PGA Championship (September 12th), Paddy will then select his remaining three captain’s picks.

While most of the names in consideration are busy battling it out at Torrey Pines, let’s take a peek at how the European Ryder Cup roster will come together.

Six Can Start Planning for Whistling Straits 

  • Jon Rahm
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Matt Fitzpatrick

Forget about what happens from now until the end of August. The six names listed in bullets will be a part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team in 2021 barring any unforeseen injuries.

Look for Rahm to be the anchor, as Harrington quickly pointed toward Jon when asked (on GOLF’s Subpar podcast) which of his players he would choose to be standing over a putt with the Cup on the line.

Cinched to make his sixth straight team, Rory will head to Whistling Straits with an 11-9-4 record at the Ryder Cup and is all but certain to play in all five matches.

We’ll likely see at least a couple of rookies make the team – one that’s assured to be in the European Ryder Cup lineup is Viktor Hovland.

Back in June of 2019, Viktor had just recently turned professional and was ranked 356th in the world. It was then that Harrington was quoted saying, “If he’s as good as he looks, he’ll be in that team.”

Fast forward two years and the young Norwegian has won a couple of times and is cemented as one of the top-15 players in the world.

Fleetwood went 4-0 in foursomes and fourballs in France in 2018, Hatton’s ranked 9th in the world. Fitzpatrick has been a top-20 player for the last 12 months and is recognized as one of the elite putters in golf.

Lock these six names in and throw away the key.

Collage of Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland

5 Ryder Cup Veterans in the Mix

  • Paul Casey
  • Ian Poulter
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Lee Westwood
  • Justin Rose
Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup

Perhaps I can slide Paul Casey into the above segment. The 43-year-old Englishman is amid playing some of the best golf of his career and appears to be enjoying the game more than ever.

Paul arrived at the US Open having racked up seven top-10s in 12 starts this year. He’s finished outside of the top-28 just once.

In terms of Poulter and Garcia, each has shown an uncanny aptitude to turn it up a notch at the biennial competition. Ian’s putter turns invincible while Sergio is the all-time leader in most points won at the Ryder Cup.

If Harrington wants to take the conservative route and continue leaning on Ryder Cup vets, Westy and Rosy fit comfortably into the equation. The 2020 Race to Dubai winner has continued surging in 2021 on the heels of a couple of runner-up finishes at Bay Hill and TPC Sawgrass.

Meanwhile, Justin is rebounding nicely after a disappointing 2020. Back-to-back top-10s at the Masters and PGA Championship have him firmly on Harrington’s radar.

Those wondering why I left out Henrik Stenson – that was by design. Eight missed cuts and zero top-20s in 13 2021 events isn’t exactly encouraging.

Potential European Ryder Cup Rookies in 2021

  • Shane Lowry
  • Bernd Weisberger
  • Victor Perez
  • Robert MacIntyre
  • Matt Wallace
  • Matthias Schwab
  • Thomas Detry

While not as obvious as a selection as Viktor Hovland, the chances are extremely high that Shane Lowry makes his first European Ryder Cup roster in 2021. The 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year shares Irish roots with Harrington and played alongside the team captain in the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship.

Both Lowry and Harrington shot 69 to vault into a share of 4th place – Padraig went on to tell the media that it was “Probably the most enjoyable round of golf I’ve had on the golf course in a long time.”

Bernd Weisberger and Victor Perez sit 5th and 6th in European Ryder Cup Points, respectively, and both have a shot at moving into the top-4 which would guarantee a slot.

Robert MacIntyre and Matt Wallace are on the outside looking in – but they are indeed looking – while Matthias Schwab and Thomas Detry would have to catch lightning in a bottle.

My gut tells me that at least one additional Ryder Cup rookie (outside of Hovland and Lowry) will be on the team plane heading toward Kohler, Wisconsin in September. It’ll be at the expense of bumping one of the stalwarts out of the lineup.

Betting on the 2021 Ryder Cup

That gives you a solid baseline for what the 2021 European Ryder Cup team will look like. To get a peek at who’s in line be on the United States squad, check out this blog. To take it a step further, use the insight in that post to fire in some wagers.

Ryder Cup betting is underway early in 2021 – you can place bets on who will make the United States roster. Odds for which team hoists the trophy at the end of the week are live, and it’s only a matter of time until loads more Ryder Cup bets are unleashed to the public.

For a look at the big picture on how to come up with a winning approach, be sure to check out our exhaustive guide to betting the Ryder Cup.



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