Captain: Tom Watson
Vice-Captain: Raymond Floyd
Vice-Captain: Andy North
Bubba Watson     Rickie Fowler     Jim Furyk
Jimmy Walker     Phil Mickleson     Matt Kuchar
Jordan Spieth     Patrick Reed     Zach Johnson
Captain's Picks:
Keegan Bradley     Hunter Mahan     Webb Simpson
Captain: Paul McGinley
Vice-Captain: Des Smyth
Vice-Captain: Sam Torrance
Rory McIlroy     Henrik Stenson     Sergio Garcia
Justin Rose     Martin Kaymer     Victor Dubuisson
Thomas Bjorn     Jamie Donaldson     Graeme McDowell
Captain's Picks:
Ian Poulter     Stephen Gallacher     Lee Westwood

Tom Watson

Tom Watson is the captain of Team USA and has a long and illustrious history within golf. Having been professional for the past 43 years, Watson has already captained Team USA to victory over Team Europe in the UK – he led the team to a 15-13 win for USA in the 1993 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.

Across his time as a professional, 63 year old Watson has played in the Ryder Cup a total of four times, played 15 matches and won 10 of them (with four losses and one half.) With such a good record and with such a great history and reputation within the game, Tom Watson will be a player to watch out for this year.


Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley has played in five of the last six Ryder Cups, and won each one of them. In his previous two Ryder Cups (2010, 2012) he was Vice Captain, and has now made the move up to Captain on home soil.

At 47 McGinley is younger than Watson; however with a very good record of career wins, especially in Ireland, McGinley will surely inspire Team Europe to a great performance. Europe fans are planning to flood the viewing areas with blue and gold clothing (blue and gold being the team colours of Europe) McGinley has said “The positive atmosphere will only help our players – I know this from experience. It can be inspiring to see your home fans getting right behind you.”


Raymond Floyd

72 year old Vice Captain Raymond Floyd has had eight Ryder Cup appearances, with one captaincy and one vice captaincy. As captain in 1989 he took Team USA to a 14-14 draw at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, UK, and in 2008 he was the Vice Captain for Team USA when they won 16 ½ - 11 ½ in Louisville, KY.

Floyd has played 31 matches in Ryder Cups over the years and won 12, lost 16 and halved 3. With more experience than Watson in Ryder Cups he will be a valuable asset to Team USA. Interesting fact – in 1994 his family was voted “Golf Family of the Year” by Golfweek.


Des Smyth

Irish-born Des Smyth is the Vice Captain of Team Europe and brings with him a history of excellence. With eight European Tour International Schedule victories, five European Senior Tour victories, two Champions Tour victories and three previous Ryder Cup outings (including a vice captaincy in 2006 when Europe won) Smyth brings a wealth of experience.

Smyth entered his 40th year as a professional this year, and this experience is invaluable for the European team. Having not won since 2012 he’ll want to take the team to a win on home soil, and should have the experience needed.


Andy North

Andy North is the same age as Tom Watson (63 years old) and has just one year less experience on the professional circuit. Although he’s only had one outing at the Ryder Cup (he played in the 1985 Ryder Cup and lost all his three matches) he did win the 1985 US Open Championship, the 1978 US Open Championship and the 1977 American Express Westchester Classic, proving his worth for the team.

North has played with Watson before, and they won the 2008 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf competition, both finishing on a total of 31 under par. North’s impressive height (6ft 4in) will hopefully provide an advantage for Team USA.


Sam Torrance

Having been born in Scotland, Torrance will no doubt be working harder than anyone to bring home a win on home soil. He certainly has the experience for it, as he played in eight consecutive Ryder Cups between 1981 and 1995. With a total of ten Ryder Cup appearances, four wins, one vice captaincy and one win as a Captain, Torrance is the perfect man for the job this year.

Interestingly Torrance and Team USA Vice Captain Andy North have played in a Ryder Cup before – and Torrance won. In 1985 Torrance holed the winning putt at The Belfry against Andy North to take the game by one hole and win the Ryder Cup for Team Europe. Will this happen again this year? Only time will tell.

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Bubba Watson

One of the most famous left-handed players in the game Bubba Watson comes onto Team USA off the back of a huge win at this year’s Masters Tournament to be one of only seventeen people to win the Masters two or more times. Gleneagles is a notoriously long course, though Bubba should have no problem with distances. As one of the longest drivers in the game he can hit a ball over 350 yards and up to 194 miles per hour – something that will come in handy on some of the longer par 5s on the course.

This will be Bubba’s third consecutive appearance at the Ryder Cup, but he comes in with a deficit of 3-5. Having taken a big win this year Bubba has momentum going into the Ryder Cup, he’s definitely someone to watch out for.

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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is one of the most well-known golfers of the time, and for good reason. With nine wins on the PGA tour, nine wins on the European tour and wins in the Asian tour and Australian tour (amongst others) he’s a formidable player, and undoubtedly one of the best assets Team Europe has this year. McIlroy has also won both the PGA Championship and the Open Championship this year, proving he’s in the form of his life.

This will be McIlroy’s third consecutive appearance at a Ryder Cup. His score from previous competitions is good – four wins, three losses, two halves – but you’d expect to see that much more heavily weighted towards wins after this year’s competition. We know he likes the warm weather, so could Scotland’s unpredictable climate unstick the currently on fire McIlroy?

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Rickie Fowler

Aside from his golf Rickie is most well-known for his fashion on the course. No stranger to colour it’s not uncommon to see Rickie wearing a bright orange trouser and shirt combination, and he even has his own range of headcovers in the style of his Puma hat. He’s not all show and no go however – this year alone he placed fifth at the Masters, third in the PGA Championship and second at both the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, proving what incredible form he’s in at the moment.

Though only twenty-five he’s already appeared in one Ryder Cup – the 2010 incarnation in Wales. Although he only came away with 0-1-2 he is undoubtedly more prepared this time around, and will be breaking European hearts the entire tournament.

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Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson - the 6ft 1in Swedish player on Team Europe – has also had a great year, placing fourteenth in this year’s Masters, fourth in the U.S. Open and third in this year’s PGA Championship. Stenson has been on the European Tour since 2001 and won the 2013 DP World Tour Championship – something that saw him also take the 2013 Golfer of the Year award. With such impressive credentials, Stenson has really earned his place on Team Europe, and will no doubt be someone to watch out for this year.

This will also be Stenson’s third appearance at the Ryder Cup, with two previous outings in the 2006 and 2008 cups. With a 2-3-2 record going into the competition, don’t be surprised to see him notch up a couple more wins this year.

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Jim Furyk

With twenty-two years as a professional, Jim Furyk is a familiar face in professional competitions – none more so than the PGA Tour where he’s played since 1994 and has notched up an impressive sixteen wins. With twenty-six professional wins (including a 2003 U.S. Open win) Jim Furyk is an experienced winner.

Although Furyk has a long history in the Ryder Cup (this will be his ninth consecutive appearance at the Cup) he’s only managed nine wins and four halves – this compared to seventeen losses. He does perform better in singles matches (where he’s 4-3-1) but as the weekend is dominated by matches with four people, will this be enough to help Team USA to victory?

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Sergio Garcia

Spanish-born Sergio Garcia is a long-standing professional in the game – having turned professional at age nineteen he’s been playing on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour for the past fifteen years. His first year of being a pro also saw his first shot at the Ryder Cup, when he went down as the youngest player ever to play in the tournament. After a slightly quiet time in Major tours in the past few years, Garcia has made Team Europe after placing second at this year’s Open Championship.

Although just thirty-four years old Garcia has already played in six Ryder Cups, missing only the 2010 Ryder Cup since 1999. This wealth of experience means he comes into the 2014 contest with a 16-8-4 record – a seriously impressive score, and one which he’ll be looking to improve on this year. Can he do it?

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Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker turned professional at twenty-two years old, and will be making his first Ryder Cup appearance this year aged thirty-five. The past thirteen years has given him valuable experience on the pro circuit, and he’s taken six professional wins – three on the PGA Tour and three on the Tour. He’s managed to get four personal best results in Major championships this year, with twenty-sixth at The Open Championship, ninth at the U.S. Open, eighth at the Masters Tournament and seventh at the PGA Championship, earning him a much-deserved spot on Team USA.

This will be Walker’s first time at the Ryder Cup, and Tom Watson will surely be hoping he continues this great form in the contest.

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Justin Rose

Born in South Africa, Justin Rose is the second British golfer to make the team. Having risen to world number three after 2013’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose is a force to be reckoned with. Rose has proved the initial struggle of his career is very much over after he won last year’s U.S. Open, and that he’s here to stay.

With one extra year of professional experience over Garcia Team Europe is definitely not short on skill, and this is something Rose has in abundance; he’s played in two Ryder Cups so far and has won six points but lost only three. Could Justin Rose be a player to watch out for at Gleneagles?

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Phil Mickleson

Another famous left-hander, Phil Mickelson is a household name in golf and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. Having been a professional for twenty-two years he’s taken a massive fifty-one career wins, with forty-two of these wins in the PGA Tour – putting him ninth for all-time PGA Tour wins. Mickelson has won the Masters Tournament three times and placed second at the U.S. Open a total of six times.

As you’d expect from a man as talented as Mickelson, this will be his tenth consecutive appearance at a Ryder Cup. With a record of 14-18-6 there is room for improvement, however we’ll surely see that improvement at this year’s tournament. He already has nine wins on the European Tour proving he can play well both over here as well as in the US – will he deny European dreams this year?

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Martin Kaymer

German player Martin Kaymer has only had nine years as a professional (a relatively low number given the experience on the team) though has rocketed to golf fame after winning the 2010 PGA Championship and the 2014 U.S. Open. Having secured twenty-one professional wins in his nine years on the pro circuit (eleven of those in the European Tour) Kaymer is a serious golfer and valuable member of Team Europe.

This will be Kaymer’s third appearance at the Ryder Cup, having played at the previous two competitions. With three wins under his belt already his lack of experience hasn’t shown, so with comparatively less pressure than the likes of McIlroy can he flourish?

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Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar currently plays on the PGA Tour, where he’s taken an impressive seven wins in his fourteen-year professional career. Standing at 6ft 4in he’s one of the taller players in this year’s Ryder Cup, and will no doubt use this to his advantage. Of the major tournaments his personal best position is a very respectable third place in the Masters Tournament in 2012.

This will be Kuchar’s third consecutive appearance in the Ryder Cup, and he goes in with a record of three wins, two losses and two halves for four total points. Having most recently won a PGA Tour Kuchar will go in with confidence, and will no doubt pick up useful points for Team USA.

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Victor Dubuisson

Victor Dubuisson is the solitary French player on the team and at only twenty-four years old, has the least experience. This isn’t to say that he hasn’t earned his place on the team however, as he won the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open in Turkey. With four years on the pro circuit he brings youth and exuberance to the team – something that experience can’t teach.

This will be Dubuisson’s first appearance at a Ryder Cup, and where better to do it than the PGA Centenary Course? He will be eager to show his skill, so keep an eye on the young Frenchman when the competition gets underway.

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Jordan Spieth

At just twenty-one years of age Jordan Spieth is one of the youngest professional golfers around, but this hasn’t stopped a meteoric rise to the top of the game over the past two years. Two weeks before his twentieth birthday he won the John Deere Classic – his first PGA Tour win – and became the first teenager to do so in eighty-two years. This was done in style as he chipped in from a greenside bunker to take the win.

As he’s so young this will be his first Ryder Cup appearance, though with his current form (he challenged Bubba Watson for the win at this year’s Masters and had to settle for second) you can be sure he won’t be intimidated by the big names appearing at Gleneagles. Spieth could definitely do some damage to the European team and as he’s just at the start of his career is one to watch for the future.

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Thomas Bjorn

Danish player Thomas Bjorn has been a professional golfer for over twenty years, and has twenty-one professional wins. He placed 8th at this year’s Masters Tournament, and has a career best of 2nd at both the PGA Championship and the Open Championship. Bjorn has been on the European Tour since 1996, and this is where 15 of his wins have come from.

This will be Bjorn’s third appearance at the Ryder Cup, and his first since 2002. With a record of 3 wins, 2 losses and 1 half he’s coming into the cup with more wins than losses and, living in Denmark, will no doubt be far more equipped for the unpredictable Scottish weather than some of the other players who’ve relocated to hotter climates. This could come in handy for the team should the weather take a turn for the worse.

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Patrick Reed

Twenty-four year-old Patrick Reed is the eighth player on Team USA this year. With three years on the professional circuit Reed has had three wins on the PGA Tour and this year set the PGA record for the most strokes under par after 54 holes – after three rounds he was 27 under par. If this is something Reed can replicate at Gleneagles he’ll be very hard to beat, and undoubtedly an incredibly valuable member of Team USA.

Reed is another Ryder Cup first-timer, and will bring youth to the team. Coming from Texas he might find the climate in Scotland a big change, so could this stop one of the biggest threats to the European team?

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Jamie Donaldson

Welsh-born Donaldson has been competing professionally since 2000, and has accrued six wins in that time. He currently plays on the European Tour where he’s had two wins, though has three wins in the Challenge Tour. After placing seventh in the 2012 PGA Championship he took thirty-second at both the Open Championship and the U.S. Open in 2013, and most recently finished fourteenth in this year’s Masters Tournament.

This is also Donaldson’s first showing at the Ryder Cup, and comes from his recent form. Being from South Wales he should be used to changeable weather as well – could this be something that sets him apart from the rest at Gleneagles?

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Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson, from Georgia, US, has sixteen years as a professional and has taken twenty-six wins in that time. Moving to the PGA Tour in 2004 he’s taken eleven wins in the past ten years, and previously played in the Nationwide Tour and the Hooters Tour. In 2007 Johnson won the Masters at Augusta, marking his so far only win in a major championship.

This will be Johnson’s fourth Ryder Cup, and third consecutive appearance. With a 6-4-1 record going into the contest he’s got 6.5 total points in the competition, and will no doubt be a great asset to Team USA when the competition gets underway.

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Graeme McDowell

McDowell is the second Northern Irish player to make the team this year, and does so after earning eight top ten finishes in this year’s PGA season. He currently plays on both the European Tour and the PGA Tour and has taken thirteen professional wins since the start of his career in 2002 – ten of which were in the European Tour. This experience on the European circuit will no doubt come in handy when playing at Gleneagles.

This will be McDowell’s fourth consecutive appearance at the Ryder Cup, and he has a 5-5-2 record from the previous three contests. McDowell won the 2010 Ryder Cup for Europe – a feat most of Europe will be hoping he can recreate this year.

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Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley is the first of three Captain’s picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup. Having placed fourth at this year’s U.S. Open Bradley has shown his golfing prowess clearly and although he’s only been a professional for six years, he’s taken seven wins in that time. At 6’3” he’s one of the taller players in this year’s tournament, so the height advantage could work in his favour should he find himself in one of Gleneagles’ notoriously deep bunkers.

This will be Bradley’s second appearance at a Ryder Cup competition, having made his debut in the 2012 tournament, and he will be hoping to improve on last outing’s performance. That’s not to say that he went unnoticed – after holing a long putt on the 15th hole he and Mickelson celebrated with cheers and a hi-5, whilst the caddy twirled the flag around his head in a video destined for YouTube stardom.

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Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter is the first of three wildcards to be chosen by Team Europe Captain Paul McGinley. Despite not having made it into the team purely on play (as the original nine were) being chosen by the captain shows that McGinley has trust in his play and believes Poulter will bring that special something to the team. With twelve wins on the European Tour, with more on different tours, Poulter will definitely be an asset to the team.

Having already played in four Ryder Cups (and been in the winning team for three of those) Poulter has some great credentials going into this year’s tournament. Ian will want to show why he’s made the Captain’s choice, so could score some good points for Team Europe this year.

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Hunter Mahan

Hunter Mahan has been a professional for eleven years, and in that time has taken nine wins. With six wins on the PGA Tour he’s a talented player who is sponsored by Titleist, Ping and FootJoy, amongst others. Having taken fourth at last year’s U.S. Open and seventh at this year’s PGA Championship it’s not hard to see why Tom Watson has chosen him this year.

This will be Hunter’s third appearance at a Ryder Cup tournament, having played in the ’08 and ’10 competitions previously. Mahan was on the winning team in the ’08 competition – is this something he can help replicate this year?

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Stephen Gallacher

Stephen Gallacher lives just 35 miles away from the Gleneagles course, which will more than likely mean he has the most experience on the course of the entire tournament. Gallacher has been a professional since 1995 and has notched up four wins in that time – three on the European Tour and one on the Challenge Tour. This wealth of experience has helped him get on-form this year, with his most notable performance being a 15th place in this year’s Open Championship – something that will definitely have helped McGinley’s decision to put him on the team.

This will be Gallacher’s first appearance in a Ryder Cup tournament and, being home soil, he’ll be eager to impress.

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Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson is the final player picked to take part in the 2014 Ryder Cup, and this will be his second appearance. Having been a professional for six years he’s taken four wins and won the 2012 U.S. Open. Living in North Carolina he might struggle with the change in temperature, but this is all part of being a professional golfer.

This will be Simpson’s second outing at a Ryder Cup after having played in the ’12 tournament where he played well though ultimately lost in the competition known as “The Miracle in Medinah”.

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Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood is a Ryder Cup Veteran, having played in every tournament since 1997 and been on the winning team five times out of eight. A prolific player on the European Tour he’s taken 23 wins, which puts him eighth for all-time wins on the circuit. Add to this another 17 wins on various other tours and you can see why he was, for 22 weeks in 2010, the number one ranked golfer in the world.

With his experience and expertise, Westwood will have a lot of pressure on him to perform well on home soil. This is something that he will no doubt be able to handle though, and will likely take it all in his stride. Westwood was able to equal the famous Arnold Palmer’s Ryder Cup record of 12 matches unbeaten at Valhalla in 2008, so Westwood is definitely someone who could help win the tournament for Team Europe this year.