Half of the U.S. team for the 2023 Ryder Cup is in Rome. With the BMW Championship, the second of three tournaments in the PGA Tour’s finals series, qualifying for the continental showdown between Europe and the United States also came to an end. Apart from world number one Scotty Scheffler and US Open winner Wyndham Clarke, who can no longer be dislodged from their spots, the other four qualifiers are now clear.
Patrick Cantlay, Open Championship winner Brian Harman, Max Homma and Olympic gold medalist Sander Schaffel will also be in the squad. Three of the six qualifiers are making their Ryder Cup debut at Marco Simone Country Club. After the Tour Championship on August 29, captain Zach Johnson will announce his selection of six captains, completing Team USA.
Ryder Cup Team USA: Three debutants
While Cantlay, Scheffler and Schaffel were already part of the team that won the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Harman, Homa and Clark will be there for the first time. However, the top three only participated in the 43rd continental comparison, which did not take place until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic (actually scheduled for 2020).
Already after the second round of the BMW Championship, Homa joked: “Last year I had the sack. [Johnson] I wanted to catch him but he also said, ‘I don’t want to pick you’ and I said that’s my promise, I’ll try to get an automatic qualification. That would be really cool.” Now the 32-year-old has it in his pocket.
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