Jordan Spieth: If he’s not the world’s best golfer, he’s certainly the best American golfer.

Patrick Reed: The last Ryder Cup seemed to turn his arrogance into useful confidence.

Phil Mickelson: He hasn’t been a great Ryder Cup player but brings fire and gamesmanship.

Brooks Koepka: A long hitter and possible rising star.

Dustin Johnson: The most talented current player to never win a major has too many skills to ignore.

Zach Johnson: Mental toughness, wedge play and putting make the Iowegian a lock.

Matt Kuchar: Ever-present on major leaderboards and Ryder Cup teams.

Bubba Watson: Jingoistic and creative, Watson can ride and inspire positive emotions.

Rickie Fowler: Two strong years make him a virtual lock.

J.B. Holmes: Long hitter who won a key point in 2008.

Brandt Snedeker: Offers enthusiasm and excellent putting, and the Cup usually is won with putting.

Jason Dufner: Straight hitter who has won a major. Should be out of slump in a year.


Biggest omission: Tiger Woods may rebound from back surgery, but does anyone trust him to play well, or even steadily, under pressure?


Biggest darkhorse: Billy Horschel has the game and personality to thrive at the Ryder Cup.