Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth have been added to the U.S. squad as Steve Stricker’s captain for the 43rd Ryder Cup.
They will join the six automatic qualifiers — Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas — in the team of 12 put together to tackle Europe on September 24-26 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Berger, 28, is making his debut in the Ryder Cup, yet he relies on valuable match experience he gained in 2017 when he played for Steve Stricker and won 2-1 for the victorious U.S. Presidential Cup team. He reached the top 10 in the last two major championships, the US Open (T-7) and the Open (T-8).
English (32) also plays in his first Ryder Cup. He got Stricker nodded with a strong campaign in 2021, during which he won twice (2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions, Travelers Championship) to double his total in his career victory. He is playing in his first team competition since the Walker Cup in 2011.
Finau (31) returns to the American team for the second time after Jim Furyk selected him as captain in 2018 when he won 2-1-0 in Paris. Finau joins Stricker’s American team after winning the Northern Trust in a play-off last month.
Shovel (photo above), 27, another Ryder Cup rookie. The current Olympic champion won 3-2-0 in the 2019 Presidential Cup, when his single victory over Adam Scott helped fuel America’s return victory in Australia.
Scheffler, 25, another rookie, has excelled at the biggest golf events, finishing top eight or better in four of his five major championships starting in 2020. He represents the victorious United States team in the 2017 Walker Cup.
Spieth plays in his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup, the longest current series under the American contingent. The 28-year-old is a three-time Major champion, whose resurgent 2021 season saw him win the Valero Texas Open. His career record of 7-5-2 in the Ryder Cup includes a score of 5-1-0 in four balls.
Stricker had earlier announced that Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson would join Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III as his vice-captains.
European captain Padraig Harrington will announce his three captaincy selections on Sunday at the end of the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.