Ryder Cup teams take shape

With the 40th Ryder Cup now less than six months away, the provisional teams make for some very interesting viewing.

These four days have been highlighted with vigour in millions of diaries across the golfing globe. And it is held in such high regard that the 24 names read from messrs McGinley and Watson’s lips will feel like gladiators stepping into the Roman Colosseum. The members of the Miracle at Medinah are living proof of how a Ryder Cup can turn men into heroes. So who’s going to be part of the [insert hyperbolic word of your choice] at Gleneagles? Let us find out.

Team Europe (As of 24/03/14)

1)      Victor DubuissonEurope

2)      Jamie Donaldson

3)      Thomas Bjorn   

4)      Ian Poulter

5)      Henrik Stenson

6)      Sergio Garcia

7)      Rory McIlroy

8)      Luke Donald

9)      Stephen Gallacher

Plus 3 Captain’s Picks

Team USA (As of 24/03/14)

1)      Jimmy WalkerUSA

2)      Dustin Johnson

3)      Patrick Reed

4)      Bubba Watson

5)      Jason Dufner

6)      Harris English

7)      Phil Mickelson

8)      Zach Johnson

9)      Webb Simpson

Plus 3 Captain’s Picks

With three Ryder Cup rookies currently present on either side, there could be more than a few nerves jangling around on the first tee. Walker and Reed in particular, with 5 wins and over $5,000,000 between them, look like fearsome competitors who would relish the battle on Scottish soil. The over-confident Patrick Reed already boasts an impressive match play record on the American college scene. But with the winds picking up and the European conditions bedding in, it could be the iron merchants Dubuisson, Donaldson and Gallacher that prevail.

Courtesy of BBC

Courtesy of BBC

Throw a few captain’s picks into the melting pot – Woods, McDowell and the like – we have an almighty clash on our hands. 2014 still has a lot of twists, turns and missed putts in store but if we were to take to Gleneagles now, nobody would complain. Well except maybe Bradley, Speith, Furyk, Mahan, Woods, Kuchar, Snedeker, Haas, Stricker, Rose, McDowell, Molinari, Kaymer, Westwood, Jimenez, Hanson, Lawrie and Montgomerie (he’s never happy).

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