Fresh off the final major of the year—Brooks Koepka winning the PGA Championship, his second major this year—a lot of attention now turns to the 2018 Ryder Cup. Eight golfers have already automatically made the cut for the U.S. team, but there are still around a dozen options for the final four spots. These are my predictions for the 2018 United States Ryder Cup team, including the locks.
Brooks Koepka: automatic qualifier
Dustin Johnson: automatic qualifier
Justin Thomas: automatic qualifier
Patrick Reed: automatic qualifier
Jordan Spieth: automatic qualifier
Rickie Fowler: automatic qualifier
Bubba Watson: automatic qualifier
Webb Simpson: automatic qualifier
Phil Mickelson: Mickelson might as well be an automatic qualifier, as he’s been on 11 consecutive Ryder Cup teams. Lefty is tenth in the Ryder Cup points rankings.
Matt Kuchar: As a member of the last four Ryder Cup teams, Kuchar is a pretty good bet for one of the four captain’s picks.
Bryson DeChambeau: DeChambeau was just behind Webb Simpson for the final automatic qualifying spot, so now he might have to sweat it out for the next few weeks. DeChambeau really wants to be on the team, and I like his chances.
Tiger Woods: Yup, Tiger is going to be on the Ryder Cup team after shooting from 20th to 11th in points. After his amazing finish at the PGA Championship, Woods made it clear that he wants to represent the United States in the fall. He’ll get his wish.
Three captain’s picks will be revealed after the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship on September 3, and the final pick will be announced after the 2018 BMW Championship on September 9.