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Who has qualified for the 2021 Ryder Cup for Team USA?

Six US rookies will make their Ryder Cup debut Sep.25, alongside the veterans, six of them automatically earning a spot based on their results last year.

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Who has qualified for the 2021 Ryder Cup for Team USA?
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With the Tour Championship finale having officially marked an end to the 2020-2021 PGA tour season, golf fans will soon be focused again as the bi-annual Ryder Cup begins in two short weeks. The 2021 Ryder Cup tee-off is all set for Friday 24 September and runs all the way through Sunday 26 September.

As tradition dictates, twenty-four of the World's best golfers will have the honour of representing Team USA and Team Europe -- twelve each -- as they battle for the win in Wisconsin. However, the way the participants are selected is different for both teams.

In the case of Team USA, six golfers automatically qualify based on their performances throughout the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons, while the other six await the team captains to make their picks. The American captaining team this year is formed by: Captain Steve Striker and Vice Captains Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples.

Collin Morikawa

After winning the 2020 PGA Championship in his debut, Morikawa managed to stamp his name in history in his second major tournament, setting a new record score of 129 strokes (66-64) for the final 36-holes, one shot better than Tiger Woods in 2018. In addition, at the age of 23 he became the third youngest golfer to win a PGA Championship since WWII behind Rory Mcllroy and Jack Nicklaus.

After the rookie won the title in its first attempt, he escalated in the World Golf Ranking from a 12th to a 5th position.

Dustin Johnson

2020 clearly was Dustin Johnson's most-memorable year as a golfer, after winning the Masters at Augusta, the veteran made his second major accomplishment at the 2020 Masters Tournament. Coming up last week as the reigning champion, he managed to earn an eighth spot.

Taking into account his results in the last three years, World No.2 was also expected to automatically make it to the Ryder Cup.

Bryson DeChambeau

2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau managed to finish top 10 in nine occasions this year, including two wins. After winning the PGA tour eight times, next week will be his second team USA appereance at the Ryder Cup, being 2018 his debut at the competition. 

Justin Thomas

Despite the ex number one had no luck in winning any of the majors this year, he finished top 10 in seven occasions.

Brooks Koepka

Koepka happens to be in a similar situation to Thomas, as he also din't win any of the major titles this year. However, he did end as runner-up for this year's PGA Championship, as well as getting one win and eight top 10 appereances. 

Patrick Cantlay

After his increadible season, it would have been an injustice not to see Cantlay automatically qualifying for the Ryder Cup. Having won the last two tournaments, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, Cantlay finished the season as the unquestionable No.1, according to the FedEx Cup ranking.

The other six golfers are chosen by the captains.

Daniel Berger

Despite not having conquered a major title yet, Berger counts with four PGA titles upon his shoulders and eight top 10 finishes this year, he was definitely among the captain's top picks to debut at the 2021 Ryder Cup.

Harris English

After being on tour for ten years, Harris English finally made it to the Ryder Cup after getting a third spot on the 2021 US Open and finishing top 10 eight times, including the two tournaments he won this year.

Tony Finau

His eight top 10 finishes and his first PGA title won since 2016, gained him a spot on this year's Ryder Cup.

Scottie Scheffler

Scheffler is still to capture his first PGA title, but his eight top 10 results this year, shows his on the right track to do so, as well as making him worthy of a spot in what is about to be his first Ryder Cup.

Xander Schauffele

Having achieved four top 10 positions throughout the 2019 and 2020 majors-- including the 2019 Masters where he ended getting runner-up-- and ending third in this year's Masters, Schauffele has proven to have talent enough to play for team USA this year.

Jordan Spieth

In spite of having qualified as a pick instead of automatically, the three-time major title winner is the most-experienced player at the Ryder Cup tournament out of all this year's qualified players on Team USA, with four appereances under his name. After achieving his first win since 2017, Steve Stricker thought he would be a good pick for the US team.

2021 Ryder Cup: Team USA

Golfer Position
Collin Morikawa Automatic qualifier
Dustin Johnson Automatic qualifier
Bryson DeChambeau Automatic qualifier
Brooks Koepka Automatic qualifier
Justin Thomas Automatic qualifier
Patrick Cantlay Automatic qualifier
Daniel Berger Captain Pick
Harris English Captain Pick
Tony Finau Captain Pick
Xander Schauffele Captain Pick
Scottie Scheffler Captain Pick
Jordan Spieth Captain Pick

On the other hand, Team Europe is coming up as the reigning champion in this year's Ryder Cup after its 17-1/2 to 10-1/2 win at Le Golf National in 2018 and will fight tooth and nail to defend the title. For Team Europe, nine golfers automatically qualify, while the three remaining spots are chosen from captain's picks.

2021 Ryder Cup: Team Europe

Golfer Position
Paul Casey Automatic qualifier
Tyrell Hatton Automatic qualifier
Rory Macllroy Automatic qualifier
John Rahm Automatic qualifier
Tommy Fleetwood Automatic qualifier
Viktor Hovland Automatic qualifier
Lee Westwood Automatic qualifier
Matt Fitzpatrick Automatic qualifier
Bernd Wiesberger Automatic qualifier
Shane Lowry Captain's Pick
Sergio García Captain's Pick
Ian Poulter Captain's Pick