Ryder Cup 2023 teams: How Europe and USA are shaping up ahead of Rome showdown with first qualifiers confirmed

The 2023 Ryder Cup is fast-approaching and the battle to make the teams is well and truly on.

The beautiful Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome will host the 44th edition of the famous tournament which gets underway on Friday, September 29.


The 2023 Ryder Cup is fast-approaching

Team captain Luke Donald is busy preparing his plans for the week as Europe strive to reclaim the trophy having been thrashed by the USA at Whistling Straits in 2021.

Donald’s men will be up against Zach Johnson and co with the 2007 Masters champion spearheading the American’s charge this year.

The Ryder Cup has never been held in Italy and fans are set for a thrilling week of action.

But before the first tee shot can be hit, the two captains must first pick their teams…

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How the 2023 Ryder Cup teams are shaping up

Team Europe

Donald replaced Henrik Stenson as the European team captain following the Swede’s decision to join LIV Golf.

Donald has named Jose Maria Olazabal, Thomas Bjorn, Edoardo Molinari and Nicolas Colsaerts as his vice captains.

Team Europe will made up from three qualifiers from each of the European and World points lists plus six captain’s picks.

McIlroy is already a Ryder Cup legend


McIlroy is already a Ryder Cup legendCredit: Getty

Big guns Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy have already qualified and will lead the team.

And the superstar duo are currently being joined by fellow qualifiers Robert MacIntyre, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood but this could change.

A host of other players are in contention to make it outright.

Yannick Paul, Adrian Meronk, Rasmus Hojgaard, Victor Perez, Sepp Straka and Shane Lowry are all doing well on the points lists.

Other players who will be looking to catch Donald’s eye include AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am champion Justin Rose, who has played at five Ryder Cups, and former US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick.  

Team Europe have decided they will not pick any LIV Golf players meaning there will be no place for Ryder Cup legends Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.

Rahm and Scheffler are set to go head-to-head at the 2023 Ryder Cup


Rahm and Scheffler are set to go head-to-head at the 2023 Ryder CupCredit: Getty

Team USA

Johnson will be joined by vice-captains Stewart Cink, Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and Fred Couples.

Like Europe, Team USA will have six qualifiers and six captain’s picks and will be littered with top talent including potentially three of the four majors winners this summer.

World No1 Scottie Scheffler and US Open champion Wyndham Clark have qualified already.

PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka not far behind while Open champion Brian Harman has thrust himself into the reckoning and is currently an automatic qualifier too.

Also making it on merit at the moment are Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

In contrast to their rivals, Team USA are set to include LIV Golf stars such as Koepka.

LIV star Koepka is set to make Team USA's Ryder Cup side


LIV star Koepka is set to make Team USA’s Ryder Cup sideCredit: Getty

Such is the quality in the American game, Johnson will have a tough task picking just six players.

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From the PGA Tour, the USA have the likes of Max Homa, Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, Cameron Young, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Sam Burns and the resurgent Rickie Fowler.

From LIV, Johnson has even more options including previous Ryder Cup stars Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.

talkSPORT’s picks for 2023 Ryder Cup teams

(C) – confirmed on team

Team Europe

Qualifiers: Jon Rahm (C), Rory McIlroy (C), Robert MacIntyre, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood

Captain’s Picks: Matt Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry, Sepp Straka, Adrian Meronk, Seamus Power, Victor Perez

Team USA

Qualifiers: Scottie Scheffler (C), Wyndham Clark (C), Brian Harman, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay

Captain’s Picks: Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, Max Homa, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau

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