Europe announces 2021 Ryder Cup team
September 15, 2021
Team Europe has been selected for the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Haven, Wisconsin from September 24-26 according to Kyle Porter of CBS Sports. Unlike the United States, which had six captain picks, only three European players were picked by captain Padraig Harrington, as the other nine players were chosen on a points system.
The three players chosen by Harrington were 2019 British Open champion Shane Lowry of Clara, Ireland, 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Borriol, Spain, and Ian Poulter of Hitchin, England, who has an unbelievable career record at the Ryder Cup. In 41 career matches, he has a record of 14 wins, six losses, and two halves, for an excellent winning percentage of .682. Poulter has the second highest winning percentage at the Ryder Cup among all European golfers announced to the team. The other golfer with a better winning percentage is Tommy Fleetwood of Southport, England, who has a winning percentage of .800.
Joining Fleetwood as the European golfers chosen via the points system are world number one and 2021 United States Open champion Jon Rahm of Barrika, Spain, Tyrrell Hatton of High Wycombe, England, Bernd Weisberger of Vienna, Austria, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy of Holywood, Northern Ireland, Viktor Hovland of Oslo, Norway, Paul Casey of Cheltenham, England, Matthew Fitzpatrick of Sheffield, England, and Lee Westwood of Worksop, England. Europe won the last Ryder Cup in 2018, by a score of 17.5 to 10.5 in France.
In other golf news, the 2021 WGC-HSBC Champions event has been cancelled. The event was to be in Shanghai, China in October, but will no longer take place due to coronavirus.
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