Players Left Out of the 2023 Ryder Cup Roster

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2023 Ryder Cup
2023 Ryder Cup

The 44th edition of the Ryder Cup is almost upon us, and the anticipation is building as golf lovers eagerly await the clash between Team USA and Team Europe set to get underway at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome from September 29 to October 1. With the teams now finalized, let’s take a look at the players who have been unfortunately left out of the 2023 Ryder Cup roster for both the United States and Europe.

Team US Absentees

Cameron Young:

Despite being ranked 9th in the Ryder Cup standings, Young was left out of selection for Team US. He had a promising start to his career, winning the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in the 2021-22 season, but his 2023 performance didn’t match the same level. He has failed to win a PGA Tour this season and struggled with his putting game, ranking 145th in strokes gained on the green. Despite his initial success, these factors likely contributed heavily to his omission.

Keegan Bradley:

Keegan Bradley’s desire to make the Ryder Cup team was clear, as he openly expressed his eagerness to contribute his experience to the younger generation of players. With a 4-3-0 record in his two previous Ryder Cup appearances, Bradley had solid credentials to back up his ambition. His victory at the Travelers Championship in late June aided his cause, but a tied-9th finish at the Tour Championship likely led to him falling short of securing his spot.

Denny McCarthy:

McCarthy had a consistent season, which included 14 top-25 finishes and a close playoff loss at the Memorial. His excellent putting skills naturally made him an appealing choice, as he ranked highly in strokes gained, total putting, and putting inside 10 feet. However, despite his strong performance, McCarthy’s absence from previous Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams might have worked against him.

Lucas Glover:

Lucas Glover became a hot topic for Ryder Cup discussions toward the end of last season. His back-to-back wins at the Wyndham Championship and FedEx St. Jude Championship generated significant attention. However, his momentum cooled off as he finished 22nd at the BMW Championship and 18th at the Tour Championship. While a late-season push made him a contender, it wasn’t enough to secure a spot on Team US.

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Team Europe Absentees

Adrian Meronk:

Arguably one of the most significant omissions from Team Europe, and despite his outstanding performance at the Italian Open, Meronk did not make the cut. He was also fifth on the European Points list, proving his consistency and ability to compete at a high level but team captain Luke Donald’s choice ultimately leaned toward other options.

Sergio Garcia:

Sergio Garcia’s absence from Team Europe is a notable change to tradition. Garcia, a Ryder Cup ever-present, has represented Team Europe on numerous occasions since 1999. However, his decision to join the LIV Golf League led to uncertainty and eventual exclusion from the Ryder Cup team.

Ian Poulter:

Another veteran with a storied Ryder Cup history, Poulter was also left off Team Europe’s 2023 roster. He earned the nickname “The Postman” for his ability to deliver in nail-biting Ryder Cup moments, and his incredible 6-0-1 record underscores his value in match play. However, Captain Donald chose to snub Poulter this year, signaling a changing of the guard.

Lee Westwood:

The man with the most Ryder Cup appearances for winning teams (seven wins, four losses) had the potential to surpass Sir Nick Faldo for the most Ryder Cup appearances. However, Westwood’s age and recent form, which hasn’t been exceptional, worked against him. Donald opted for a younger group of players, making it impossible for Westwood to secure his spot on this year’s team.

 

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