As the 2021 golf calendar wears thin of events and the season begins to draw to a close, attention is starting to turn towards the latest renewal of the Ryder Cup. With the tournament delayed by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a lot of excitement ahead of tee-off at Whistling Straits on September 24th, and with there set to be a lack of a rowdy European following in Wisconsin, Team USA are the odds-on favourites in the Ryder Cup betting to regain the title.
Ryder Cup triumphs have been few and far between for the United States over the last decade or so, with their 17-11 victory at Hazeltine National in 2016 their only win in the last five renewals of the historic event. So, with the Americans hoping that they aren’t going to be left red-faced again this time, let’s take a look at three players who could make a difference for Team USA. Read on to find out more!
The only member of Team USA to win one of golf’s four majors this year, lifting The Open’s famous Claret Jug at Royal St George’s in Kent, a lot of weight could be on Collin Morikawa’s shoulders this year. Currently ranked third in the world, Morikawa also finished in the top 10 at the PGA Championship (T8) and the US Open (T4), and his knack of performing well on the biggest stages could make him a real asset to Team USA this year. This will be the 24-year-old’s first Ryder Cup, but having already won two majors in his short professional career, he should rise to the occasion.
Since winning the Masters in late 2020, Dustin Johnson hasn’t exactly hit the heights many expected him to since. Tipped to sweep up in this year’s biggest competitions, that hasn’t been the case, as he missed the cut on the defence of his Masters crown and at the proceeding PGA. His form in the latter half of the season has been better, as he sneaked into the top 20 at the US Open before finishing T8 at The Open. A T6 finish at the recent BMW Championship was perhaps an indication that his form is picking up, and with this being his fifth Ryder Cup appearance for Team USA, he is an experienced head that his teammates can count on at Whistling Straits.
Patrick Cantlay scraped in to Team USA as one of the six qualifiers from the points rankings, with his recent BMW Championship victory resulting in him edging the likes of Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele to the final place. That BMW Championship victory, where he showed his cool to beat his compatriot Bryson DeChambeau in a nail-biting six-hole play-off, will fill Cantlay with confidence ahead of the Ryder Cup. And whilst this will be the 29-year-old’s first appearance for Team USA, he helped his country win the Presidents Cup in 2019, and that experience could perhaps help him at Whistling Straits, where the US will be heavily backed in the Ryder Cup 2021 betting tips.