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The Ryder Cup begins Friday morning at Le Golf National outside Paris.

Captain Jim Furyk and his team will be looking to end a 25-year winless drought on foreign soil.

The eight Americans who qualified via points are: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.

Furyk’s four captain’s picks are: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau.

Here’s a player-by-player look at the American squad.

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Brooks Koepka

Age: 28

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 17 starts, two wins (U.S. Open, PGA Championship), six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 3-1-0 record in one appearance

Buzz: Koepka missed the Masters and most of the spring due to a lingering wrist injury. It was all good from there, as he won his second consecutive U.S. Open in June and held off childhood idols Adam Scott and Tiger Woods down the stretch at the PGA Championship to snag a third career major.

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Dustin Johnson

Age: 34

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 20 starts, three wins (Tournament of Champions, St. Jude Classic, Canadian Open), 12 top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 6-5 record in three appearances

Buzz: Johnson re-gained the World No. 1 ranking after finishing solo third at the Tour Championship. He’s been the most consistent player on Tour with just one missed cut, and he narrowly missed out on a second major title when he was surpassed by Koepka in the final round of the U.S. Open. The unflappable duo will likely team up again as the “Bash Brothers” prepare to take Paris.

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Justin Thomas

Age: 25

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 23 starts, three wins (CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Honda Classic, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational), 10 top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year now has eight wins over the past two years and easily secured an automatic qualifying spot after missing out on a captain’s pick in 2016. He enters the week off three straight top-25s, including a T-7 at the Tour Championship. Last year he went 3-1-1 in the Americans’ blowout Presidents Cup win and once said he’d rather be on a victorious Ryder Cup team than win a major. He’ll be a cornerstone in the U.S. team room for the next decade, at least, and is ready to earn his stripes in France.

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Patrick Reed

Age: 28

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 26 starts, one win (Masters), seven top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 6-1-2 record in two appearances

Buzz: It’s been a mixed bag for Reed coming off the maiden major win, with just one top-5 finish (4th, U.S. Open) since. He’s having the worst putting season of his career and missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Hasn’t had a top 10 since the U.S. Open and was third-to-last at the Tour Championship. His relationship with fans is lukewarm at best (see: 18th green, Sunday, Augusta National), but Americans sure love Reed come fall. He’s 2-0 in singles with wins over Euro alphas Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy and has easily been the top-performing American the past two Cups in his usual pairing with Jordan Spieth.

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Bubba Watson

Age: 39

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 24 starts, three wins (Genesis Open, WGC-Match Play, Travelers Championship), six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 3-8 record in three appearances

Buzz: Watson seemed to be coming around during the playoffs but finished 10-over-par and second-to-last at the Tour Championship. He wasn’t inside the top 40 in any of the big strokes gained categories other than strokes gained off the tee (5th) after the regular season, but he’s been hot at the right times while reaching 12 career victories. He’s missed the cut in the last three majors and has failed to break par in each of those six rounds, including an 8-over 78 in Round 2 of the PGA Championship. His driver won’t be as big of a weapon at Le Golf National, and finding the right pairings to suit his eccentric game will be key for captain Jim Furyk.

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Jordan Spieth

Age: 25

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 23 starts, five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 4-3-2 record in two appearances

Buzz: Stuck in the worst putting slump of his career, Spieth ranks 136th in strokes gained putting and hasn’t been able to add to his total of 10 victories over the past three seasons. He also finished 31st in the FedEx Cup standings to miss the Tour Championship. His final-round 64 to finish solo third at the Masters was one of the best rounds of the year, but he’s struggled since with just one top-10. That was a disappointing T-9 at the British Open, where he shot 76 in the final pairing Sunday. More than any other American in the top eight, the Ryder Cup will be a chance for Spieth to finish a forgettable season on a high note.

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Rickie Fowler

Age: 29

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 20 starts, one win  (Hero World Challenge), six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 2-4-5 record in three appearances

Buzz: Fowler fell off in the penultimate pairing to finish T-12 at the PGA Championship, at which he revealed a lingering oblique injury. He missed the first two playoff events as a result but has looked great since, with a T-8 at the BMW and T-7 at East Lake. Fowler’s story continues to be one of close calls after a solo second at the Masters, one of only two top-10 finishes since January.

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Webb Simpson

Age: 33

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 26 starts, one win (Players Championship), nine top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 2-3-1 record in two appearances

Buzz: Simpson showed up for the big ones this year, ending a four-year win drought at TPC Sawgrass and finishing T-20 or better at all four majors. He’s also coming off a T-6 at the BMW and T-4 at the Tour Championship and will have plenty of confidence to start the week. Simpson is one of the top putters on Tour this season and locked up the eighth and final qualifying spot with a T-19 at the PGA Championship. That meant a lot to the 2012 U.S. Open champion, who is looking to be part of a winning team for the first time in his third appearance after missing out on the fun at Hazeltine.

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Tiger Woods

Age: 42

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, one win (Tour Championship), seven top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 13-17-3 record in seven appearances

Buzz: Woods capped his incredible comeback season with career win No. 80 last week, so he’s the big man on campus at Le Golf National. Woods was always going to be in Paris as a vice-captain, and he played his way onto the team with a ton of success in this comeback season. He also had a T-6 finish at the BMW and is hitting the ball better than he has all season. After a few shaky putting performances, Woods drained big make after big make at East Lake.

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Bryson DeChambeau

Age: 24

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 26 starts, three wins (Memorial, Northern Trust, Dell Technologies Championship), nine top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz:  Three wins in the last three months for DeChambeau, who lost out on a chance at the FedEx Cup with a disappointing week at the Tour Championship. DeChambeau ranks fifth in strokes gained total and completely turned his putting around this year. He finished the season ranked 41st on Tour after finishing 146th as a rookie.

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Phil Mickelson

Age: 48

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 24 starts, one win (WGC-Mexico Championship), six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 18-20-7 record in 11 appearances.

Buzz:  Make it 12 consecutive Ryder Cup appearances for Mickelson, who was completely out of sorts during a last-place finish in Atlanta. But he finished T-15 and T-12 in the first two playoff events to make this an easy decision for Furyk. Earlier this year he ended a five-year victory drought in Mexico and ranks 10th on Tour in strokes gained putting.

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Tony Finau

Age: 28

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 28 starts, 11 top 10s.

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance.

Buzz: Finau hasn’t won this season, but he’s statistically solid across the board and tore through the playoffs with three consecutive top-10 finishes before last week’s T-15 at East Lake. Xander Schauffele made a late run at consideration with a solid showing at the BMW, but Finau was the easy call as the final captain’s pick. Now it’s time to see what he’s made of in the most pressure-packed week of his career to date. “I’m just ecstatic,” Finau said. “It’s a dream come true for me. I got the goose bumps when told me, and I’m excited to add my skills and talent to the team — a team that’s stacked already.”

(Note: An earlier version of this story appears in the September 2018 issue of Golfweek)

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In the third round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, the final event in the 2017-18 season intensifies as Tiger Woods makes a big charge. The two-time winner of the TOUR Championship secures a 3-shot lead heading into the final round.

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In the final round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Tiger Woods completes one of the most historic comeback seasons in PGA TOUR history. While Justin Rose secures the FedExCup as the season-long points leader.

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Rory McIlroy is primed to continue his impressive Ryder Cup record, while on the U.S. side, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed hold dominate Ryder Cup records of their own.

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The Ryder Cup will be played from Friday through Sunday at Le Golf National outside Paris.

Captain Thomas Bjorn and Team Europe will be looking to continue a 25-year winning streak against the Americans on European soil.

The 12-man European Team includes the four players from the European Points List, followed by the leading four players from the World Points List and four wild cards.

The eight players who qualified are: Francesco Molinari, World No. 1 Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Norén and Thorbjørn Olesen.

Bjorn’s four captain’s picks are: Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

Here’s a player-by-player look at the European squad:

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Francesco Molinari

Age: 35

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 20 starts, two wins (British Open, QuickenLoans National), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 0-4-2 record in two appearances

Buzz: Burst onto the world stage with his win at Carnoustie, and his experience will be key on a very young squad. Now Molinari can continue to prove something with a strong showing as he enters Paris still winless in Ryder Cup matches all time. He enters the week coming off a so-so T-21 Tour Championship finish.

 

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Justin Rose

Age: 38

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, two wins (WGC-HSBC Champions, Fort Worth Invitational), 11 top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 11-6-2 record in four appearances

Buzz: Rose is playing some of the best golf of his career and kept it going at the Tour Championship, where he hung on late to win the FedEx Cup and $10 million bonus thanks to a T-4. It’s on Rose to step up and set the tone in a leadership role as the Euros look to defend on home soil. Even though he missed that gimme putt in the BMW playoff, Rose is riding high after earning that No. 1 spot in the world rankings.

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Tyrrell Hatton

Age: 26

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, four top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Hatton made big moves with two European Tour wins a year ago. He’s been a consistent presence in making the cut at all four majors in 2018, including top-10s at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Possibly the start of a lengthy Ryder Cup career for the rising Hatton. He is a fierce competitor who enjoys displaying his emotions on the course. He’ll have to know when to turn on his anger and his charm in Paris.  

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Tommy Fleetwood of England seen as he practices during previews to the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 15, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
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Tommy Fleetwood

Age: 27

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 19 starts, six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Fleetwood nearly pulled off the comeback of the year with a final-round 63 at the U.S. Open and settled for solo second. Hasn’t won since the Abu Dhabi in January, but statistically solid and a consistent presence with just one missed cut all season. Finished inside the top 25 in all four playoff events, including a T-11 at the Tour Championship.

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Jon Rahm

Age: 23

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 17 starts, one win (CareerBuilder Challenge), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Yet another Ryder Cup rookie, Rahm avoided the sophomore slump by winning early in his second season and got into contention with a pair of top-5 finishes at the Masters and PGA Championship. He didn’t seriously contend at any of the four playoff events, and finding the right partner who can help Rahm keep his emotions in check will be key.  

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Thorbjørn Olesen

Age: 28

2018 European Tour highlights: 20 starts, one win (Italian Open)six top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Olesen finished the year on a strong note, with a T-12 at the British Open, T-3 at the WGC-Bridgestone and T-20 at last week’s Portugal Masters. He also finished runner-up at the BMW International Open in June. Slated to become the third Dane ever to compete in a Ryder Cup, a group which includes decorated captain Thomas Bjorn.

 

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Rory McIlroy

Age: 29

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, one win (Arnold Palmer Invitational), seven top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 9-6-4 record in three appearances.

Buzz: McIlroy was in the final group with Tiger Woods Sunday and turned in a disappointing 4-over 74, falling to T-7 at the Tour Championship. He looked poised for a big season when he won at Bay Hill, but his year has since been defined by close calls with runner-up finishes at the British Open and BMW PGA Championship. Also turned in a strong showing with a solo fifth in Philadelphia. He’ll be relied upon to make sure team chemistry is where it needs to be as one of the most experienced players on the squad.

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Alex Noren

Age: 36

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 18 starts, three top-10s.

Ryder Cup experience: First appearance

Buzz: Noren may be green, but he earned some street cred with a solo third finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies match play in March. Won the French Open in July to make it four consecutive seasons with a European Tour win and always seems on the cusp of taking the next big step.

 

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Paul Casey

Age: 41

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 20 starts, one win (Valspar Championship), five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 3-2-4 record in three appearances.

Buzz: Casey capped a solid year with a T-11 finish last week, and his decision to re-join the European Tour specifically to play in this year’s Ryder Cup paid off. He withdrew from the BMW citing a back injury, so the fact that he played four good rounds at East Lake is a very positive sign for Thomas Bjorn’s squad.

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Sergio Garcia

Age: 38

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, four top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 19-11-7 record in eight appearances.

Buzz: The most veteran member of the team ended a tough year on a high note, finishing T-7 at the Portugal Masters. Prior to that he’d missed five cuts over seven events, making his latest top-10 perhaps the most promising sign for the European team in the week leading up.

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Ian Poulter

Age: 42

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 20 starts, one win (Houston Open), four top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 12-4-2 record in five appearances.

Buzz: Poulter is back in the mix after sitting out two years ago at Hazeltine, and there’s no doubt he’ll bring plenty of fire to Paris. Poulter got into the Masters at the 11th hour with his win in Houston and kept the momentum going with a T-11 at the Players Championship and T-10 at Bridgestone.

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Henrik Stenson

Age: 42

2018 PGA Tour highlights: 16 starts, five top-10s

Ryder Cup experience: 5-4-2 record in four appearances.

Buzz: Stenson has been on two winning teams and got the call with Bjorn clearly placing an emphasis on experience over current form. Stenson took last week off after failing to crack the top 15 in any of the first three playoff events, as he’s slowed considerably after a stretch of three consecutive top-10 finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Houston Open and Masters earlier this year.

(Note: A version of this story appears in the September 2018 Golfweek.)

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Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas played a Ryder Cup practice round alongside Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson Tuesday at Le Golf National. Both Spieth and Thomas did so with taped wrists.

Thomas is battling tendonitis in his right wrist, the injury flaring up during the final round of the BMW Championship, while Spieth, according to Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, is suffering from the same ailment in his left wrist.

“It’s just kind of more precautionary than anything, just a little tightness, and it probably looks a little worse than it is,” Thomas said last Tuesday before he tied for seventh at the Tour Championship.

Spieth echoed Thomas’ comments on Tuesday, telling Lewis that the injury was “not a big deal.” Photos show Spieth wearing tape around his left wrist during the final round of the BMW, his last start.

The bigger question might be whether Spieth and Thomas will pair together. Spieth has developed a successful partnership with Patrick Reed in the last two Ryder Cups, the pair going 4-1-2 together, but Reed was in a four-man pod with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday.

Thomas is making his Ryder Cup debut this week.

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Tiger Woods has assured himself a spot among those in the pantheon of golf.

But how does Woods rank himself again the game’s other legends?

He was asked by the PGA of America to pick his “Mount Rushmore of Golf,” which is sports speak for the top four people in a given category.

His answer was intriguing, given who he named, and who he didn’t.

Take a look.

His choices were Sam Snead, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and … “me.”

The most notable name not mentioned was that of “Arnold Palmer.”

What do you think of Tiger’s choices?

Picking a top four isn’t as easy as it might sound.

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Fourteen years ago, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods went 0-2 when paired together at the 2004 Ryder Cup. They lost both sessions on the opening day at Oakland Hills, falling in four-balls to Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington and again in foursomes to Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood.

They have not been paired together in a team event since.

“I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying,” U.S. captain Jim Furyk said earlier this year.

But despite all of that, Tiger-Phil could still happen this week at Le Golf National.

“I think we would both welcome it,” Mickelson said Tuesday. (Woods was not asked about the potential pairing with Mickelson during his presser.)

The 48-year-old Mickelson and 42-year-old Woods have greatly improved their relationship in recent years. They were both instrumental voices on the Ryder Cup task force that was created a few years ago and this year have played several practice rounds together, including at the Masters. And this November, they will square off in a pay-per-view match at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.

“We realized that we both have a lot more in common than we thought,” Mickelson said, “and I think we both have really come to appreciate working together to achieve things.”

Added Furyk: “Both Phil and Tiger have been really involved in our team atmosphere. … Both of them have been huge, huge leaders in our team room and have helped the younger players significantly, and both are excited to be playing this week. And the first time they have both been on a team together in quite some time, and it’s a lot of fun. They’ve always been big helps in the team room and guys we have relied on, captains have relied on in the past, players have relied on.”

Mickelson played a practice round Tuesday with Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. But Mickelson wouldn’t reveal whether that meant he and Woods would reunite on the Ryder Cup stage.

“I do have an idea of what Captain Furyk is thinking,” Mickelson said with a smile.

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