Ryder Cup 2016: Team USA player profiles

Patrick Reed thrived on his debut at Gleneagles
Patrick Reed thrived on his debut at Gleneagles

With Ryan Moore snatching the final captain's pick, the USA side is now complete. Paul Krishnamurty runs the rule over all 12 players, their records and matchplay credentials...

"Top US scorer in 2014, Reed was the sole positive to be taken out of their defeat. He was superb alongside Spieth in fourballs and won many an admirer with his combative performances."

Dustin Johnson

Ryder Cup Appearances: 2
Points conversion: 57%

At the peak of his powers coming off his best ever season, finally maturing into the player we always knew he could be and probably the main man in this exceptionally strong USA side. Dustin's extreme power will be a massive asset around a long course like Hazeltine and his return from two Ryder Cup appearances - both of which his team lost - is superior to most team-mates. However, Johnson arrives on a downer having blown a golden opportunity to win the FedEx Cup on Sunday - not the first time he's shown erratic tendencies on big occasions by any means.


Jordan Spieth

Ryder Cup Appearances: 1
Points conversion: 63%

When making his debut in 2014, Spieth was on the verge of a tremendous run that would propel him to the world number one spot. His fourball partnership with Patrick Reed won both their points with ease and Davis Love must be tempted to reform it. Though he slipped back from that sublime level in 2016, the 23-year-old will surely be one of the key US players and a prime candidate to play all five rounds. One minor quibble would be that, like so many world-class Americans in recent decades, Spieth's record in singles matchplay does not yet match up to his stellar strokeplay standard.


Phil Mickelson

Ryder Cup Appearances: 10
Points conversion: 46%

Given his status as a five-time major champion and the second best golfer of the past quarter-century, Mickelson's Ryder Cup record is bitterly disappointing. He's only twice been on the winning side in 10 matches and lost more points than won. Last time at Gleneagles, he made headlines for all the wrong reasons by falling out with and criticising captain Tom Watson. That is highly unlikely to be the case this year with Love and his role as the team's elder statesman could bring his best out. Equally, though, the pressure will be on if he and this highly-touted team fails once again to gel.


Patrick Reed

Ryder Cup Appearances: 1
Points conversion: 88%

Top US scorer in 2014, Reed was the sole positive to be taken out of their defeat. He was superb alongside Spieth in fourballs and won many an admirer with his combative performances, most memorably when beating Henrik Stenson in the singles and managing to wind up the Gleneagles crowd. Five times a winner on the PGA Tour, including last month at The Barclays, he has a winners' temperament and looks tailor-made for matchplay. He's well worth considering in the top scorer markets once again.


Jimmy Walker

Ryder Cup Appearances: 1
Points conversion: 50%

A late developer who didn't win on the PGA Tour until the age of 34, before going on to land six titles in less than four years since. His first major title at the recent USPGA, with a tremendous display of front-running, was a new highlight and cemented his place in this side. Walker's debut at Gleneagles was a mixed bag. He partnered Rickie Fowler in all four pairs rounds but didn't win any of them, before an impressive victory over Lee Westwood in the singles. Very long off the tee and a birdie-machine, Walker looks ideally suited to fourballs.


Brooks Koepka

Ryder Cup Appearances: 0
Points conversion: N/A

America's only debutant is one of the top prospects in world golf and could plausibly play a leading role if making an early impression around a long course that should suit. He was in excellent form, challenging in August's USPGA Championship, before going off the boil during the FedEx Cup play-off series. An ankle injury had afflicted him throughout the summer, so Love will be hoping a couple of weeks rest will have him fit and ready to go.


Brandt Snedeker

Ryder Cup Appearances: 1
Points conversion: 33%

Though a world-class player with superb short game skills, eight PGA Tour titles and a FedEx Cup to his name, Snedeker is unlikely to be one of the main players in this exceptionally strong USA side. He hasn't won since January and didn't make much of an impression on his sole Ryder Cup appearance in 2012, winning just one point from three. Nor is there much in his matchplay record to recommend.


Zach Johnson

Ryder Cup Appearances: 4
Points conversion: 50%

A dual major winner and the second most experienced Ryder Cupper in this USA side behind Mickelson. Zach also has a better record than most of his team-mates, plus a fine one in the Presidents Cup. Recent form, however, must be a big concern. He hasn't won since the 2015 Open, barely contended for an event all season and really struggled during the FedEx play-offs. Nevertheless, his experience and accuracy must warrant a place in the foursomes at least.


JB Holmes

Ryder Cup Appearances: 1
Points conversion: 83%

Though one of the lesser names in this illustrious side, don't be surprised if this captain's pick makes a big impact. He was one of the stars of the last US triumph at Valhalla in 2008, forming a likeable fourball pairing with Boo Weekley. Holmes has enjoyed a good season, making the places in the Masters and Open Championship. Another very powerful hitter, he's sure to appear in fourballs at least.


Rickie Fowler

Ryder Cup Appearances: 2
Points conversion: 31%

Immensely talented, widely regarded as a future major champion, yet Fowler remains something of an underachiever. He's yet to win any of eight rounds in Ryder Cup and achieved very little in the Presidents Cup (usually dominated by the USA). After a great 2015, many expected this to be his breakthrough year. Still, one retains the distinct impression that Rickie is a big occasion player who will be at the pinnacle of golf for the next decade or so.


Matt Kuchar

Ryder Cup Appearances: 3
Points conversion: 45%

A 45% return from previous Ryder Cups is nothing to boast about, but don't read too much into it. Kuchar performed pretty well in the 2010 and 2012 renewals and theoretically is ideally suited. Relentlessly consistent in strokeplay if not a particularly prolific winner, Kuchar's game is based on accuracy and a stellar short game. That's a priceless combination for matchplay, especially foursomes. He also has a great record in the World Matchplay, winning that title in 2013. As one of Davis Love's picks, expect him to play a central role.


Ryan Moore

Ryder Cup Appearances: 0
Points conversion: N/A

Thanks to the new USA qualification system allowing Davis Love the chance to leave his final pick to the very last moment, Moore will make his Ryder Cup debut - a deserved piece of compensation for his near-miss in the Tour Championship play-off. Winner of last month's John Deere Classic, Moore maintained a rich vein of form during the FedEx Cup and offers every indication of proving an inspired choice. So too does a good amateur matchplay record, and world-class short-game skills that so often make the difference in this format.


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