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.