Whistling Straits is the venue for the 43rd Ryder Cup, and Europe will be looking to retain the trophy they won in superb fashion at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.
Padraig Harrington named his captain’s picks for Europe last week, so we now know the 24 players who will battle it out for the famous trophy.
The United States have won just one of the last five matches and will be determined to take advantage of being on home soil and having the majority of the ground support in Wisconsin.
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Rankings highlight US strength
Despite their recent Ryder Cup struggles, it’s not a surprise to see the United States installed as strong favourites when you consider the calibre of players in their line-up.
Eight of the current top 10 in the world rankings will be in the US team, while the other four team members – Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler – are all in the top 22.
In comparison, Europe have five players in the top 20 of the world rankings, although in Jon Rahm they do have the current world No 1.
You often hear the pundits point out how important Ryder Cup experience can prove to be, but on this occasion the fresh blood in the US team could work in favour of Steve Stricker’s men.
The Americans will have six rookies in their team and that means they won’t carry the baggage of the veterans who have suffered defeats in recent contests.
Europe have gone the other way and have a team that have experience in abundance, with Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter playing 25 matches between them.
There are just three rookies – Viktor Hovland, Bernd Wiesberger and Shane Lowry – and it is always harder to make your debut away from home.
If Harrington’s men are going to retain the trophy, Rahm needs to have a big three days and the Spaniard looks likely to play in five matches.
As well as winning his first major in 2021, Rahm finished second in the FedEx Cup standings and collected 13 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. He has also shown his one-on-one class in the WGC Match Play event, finishing runner-up to Dustin Johnson in 2017.
Rahm played three times at Le National, losing both his fourballs matches before going on to claim a point with a massive singles win over Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlroy’s form will also be crucial, with the four-time major winner spending much of his time Stateside and performing against the US stars week in, week out.
Tip: Jon Rahm – top European points scorer @ 7/2 with bet365
Koepka can shine for hungry hosts
Brooks Koepka has played two Ryder Cups to date, winning one and losing one, and the man from Florida shone in the US success at Hazeltine in 2016.
Koepka won three points from his four matches to help the Americans to a 17-11 win and is likely to play another four matches this time around, as long as he overcomes a slight injury concern. That will give him a great chance of being the top US points scorer.
Tip: Brooks Koepka – top US points scorer @ 9/1 with bet365
Straits course suits Brooks
The four-time Major winner also has good memories of the host course, having produced an impressive display at Whistling Straits in the 2015 PGA Championship.
Koepka closed with a six-under-par 66 – the best score of the final round – to finish in a tie for fifth place in a tournament won by the Australian Jason Day.
Tip: Brooks Koepka – top combined points scorer @ 16/1 with bet365
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