2016 Ryder Cup Power Rankings

Bros, brace yourselves..it's Ryder Cup week! The United States goes mano y mano with Europe. I can sit back right now with a whiskey in one hand and a half eaten snickers bar in the other and ramble all day long how America is the greatest country in the world blah blah blah. Problem is I'm drinking Irish whiskey…I'd rather let the sticks do the talking this weekend. I mean, right off the bat, it's one country vs. seven (if you include the captains and vice captains). That's because if it was just the United States vs. England, it would be…well, Mel Gibson can demonstrate:

But that's really here nor there because the fact of the matter is that it's America vs. Europe and it's gonna be anybody's game out there at Hazeltine this weekend. The BG staff compiled our power rankings based on who we think could dominate at this year's Ryder Cup.

 

Player Rankings (World Golf Ranking, Ryder Cup Appearance):

1. Dustin Johnson (#2, 3rd RC)

  • Just way too dominant in the latter half of the PGA Tour season. Yes, he semi-crumbled in the final round of the TOUR Championship and lost his chance at $10 million, but it's not like he hasn't collapsed like that before (cough, 2015 U.S.Open). The team atmosphere takes a little bit of the pressure off. Given the recent injuries to other top players, Dustin is the best golfer in the world right now.

2. Rory McIlroy (#3, 4th RC)

  • The Rory swagger is back. He just made a sizable bank deposit and is on top of the PGA Tour world. We all know Rory has the talent, but the question becomes, can he finally be consistent? For the Ryder Cup's sake, I don't think it matters. Different kind of game, different strategy, Rory is a surefire pick to shoot low.

3. Rickie Fowler (#9, 3rd RC)

  • Rickie has been a little up and down this year, but I like him a lot this week at Hazeltine. We know he's all-in on America and has been counting down the days until the Ryder Cup. It's America vs. Europe. Passion will prevail.

4. Henrik Stenson (#5, 4th RC)

  • Too high for a guy who hasn't played in a month due to a bum knee? I disagree. Henrik has been resting up since he withdrew from the BMW Championship and I just think the guy is too good to ignore. Henrik is the definition of a "snake in the grass" this weekend.

5. Patrick Reed (#8, 2nd RC)

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  • Reed has been lights out this year. I'll be the first to say that I didn't see this coming. The guy has been sinkin' putts and makin' cuts all year long. I wanted to rank him higher, but I don't love the fact he's only broken 70 once in his past eight rounds.

6. Justin Rose (#11, 4th RC)

  • The Olympic gold medalist can easily be higher on the list, but he only was able to crack the top 20 once in all majors and FedExCup Playoffs this year. Maybe he will come out guns blazing to rep Europe just like he did for England in the Olympics. By far the scariest player on team Europe.

7. Jordan Spieth (#4, 2nd RC)

  • Yeah, he's ranked 4th in the world and it would have been damn near impossible to repeat his success in 2015, but Jordan just looks off. Hate his body language out there. He is ranked 7th because you can never count out a guy with his kind of talent, but I'm not in his corner this week.

8. Phil Mickelson (#15, 11th RC)

  • Poor showing at the TOUR Championship, but it's Phil. He is the definition of a "wily vet" out there. He's been competitive all year long and that ain't gonna change when he arrives in Minnesota for his 11th Ryder Cup.

9. Sergio Garcia (#12, 8th RC)

  • I have a gut feeling that Segio is going to put on an absolute clinic at Hazeltine. I wouldn't enjoy it either, but don't be surprised when it happens. You think he's fired up knowing Tiger Woods is now a vice captain for the United States? Look out.

10. Danny Willett (#10, 1st RC)

  • The 2016 Masters champ has been a stud on the European Tour this year. Yes, since the Masters, Danny hasn't put up great numbers on U.S. soil, but I don't think it matters. Big threat to team USA.

11. Matt Kuchar (#17, 4th RC)

  • The lovable Sketchers model has been in the thick of things all year. Not only will he shoot low, but he'll improve team morale.

12. Lee Westwood (#12, 10th RC)

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  • Grizzly veteran. 10th Ryder Cup. Need I say more? Westwood is one of those guys you throw a couple bills on each and every major no matter the circumstances. You aren't even mad when he misses a cut because it's Lee Westwood.

13. Jimmy Walker (#16, 2nd RC)

  • The sneaky U.S. Open champ is on the Ryder Cup roster for a second time. Personally, I think the U.S. Open victory was a little fluky, but he will certainly help team USA compete this week.

14. Ryan Moore (#31, 1st RC)

  • It's a bold claim, but I don't really think anybody is striking the ball better than Ryan Moore, except maybe Rory McIlroy. Does he have enough left in the tank in his breakout year to play well at Hazeltine? We'll see.

15. Martin Kaymer (#48, 4th RC)

  • I know, he has the second worst World Golf Ranking out of all the Ryder Cup players this year. But if there is one thing you NEVER do, it's sleep on Martin Kaymer. I'm gonna be having nightmares of Kaymer roping his 3 wood down the middle all week.

16. Brandt Snedeker (#23, 2nd RC) 

  • Every time I wanted to write off Sneds this year, he just kept on producing great results. Rock fucking solid. Glad he's on the squad.

17. J.B. Holmes (#21, 2nd RC)

  • The way J.B. has been playing lately, I could have easily ranked him higher on this list, but I need to see some more consistency from the Kentucky native before I cash in on him.

18. Rafa Cabrera Bello (#30, 1st RC)

  • He is really good. Plain and simple. I can 100% see the Spaniard winning a major in the next couple years. If he plays to his full potential, Europe will have a good shot to take down the United States this year.

19. Zach Johnson (#28, 5th RC)

  • Not really sure what we'll get out of Zach Johnson at the Ryder Cup this year. He's been here quite a few times, but certainly isn't a guy I'd throw my hard earned dollars on in any tournament as of late.

20. Brooks Koepka (#22, 1st RC)

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  • Very far down on the list, but I want to see more from the young buck out of Florida State. Is the Ryder Cup stage too big for him? Probably not, but I'm not sold yet. I know The People's Golfer disagrees.

21. Matthew Fitzpatrick? (#44, 1st RC)

  • Came in 7th at the Masters so don't sleep on this kid.

22. Chris Wood? (#32, 1st RC)

  • Won the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour, which is kind of a big deal.

23. Thomas Pieters? (#42, 1st RC)

  • Top five finish at the Olympics. That's something.

24. Andy Sullivan? (#50, 1st RC)

  • No threat here. Sorry Andy.

 

Vice Captain Rankings

These guys aren't playing in the Ryder Cup, but they all play a pivotal role in supporting their homeland and fellow golfers:

1. Tiger Woods

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  • The original pimp comes roaring back to the world of golf this week. The hometown crowd will be pumped. Team USA will be pumped. Golf is about to be great again.

2. Jim Furyk

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  • Jimmy 58 has almost too much wisdom to bestow upon the USA squad. Oh, not a big deal, but team USA is being co-lead by a golfer who shot the lowest round in PGA Tour history.

3. Ian Poulter

  • I'm a sane American so I obviously despise Poulter. But that's why he is a phenomenal vice captain for team Europe. You know he'll be slandering the entire team USA roster throughout the weekend.

4. Padraig Harrington

  • Imperative to bring aboard the classic Irishman. You know Padraig is buying rounds of pints each and every night to keep team Europe hydrated.

5. Steve Stricker

  • Strick has been so good for so long. His resume since 1998 is second to none. Veteran leadership all day long.

6. Thomas Bjorn

  • You don't just sleep on the greatest Danish golfer to have ever played on the European Tour.

7. Sam Torrance

  • Huge influencer in the game of golf from golf's homeland of Scotland.

8. Paul Lawrie

  • The 1999 Open Champion also from golf's homeland of Scotland.

9. Tom Lehman

  • Three time major winner, but was a Ryder Cup captain in 2006 when team USA lost to Europe…

10. Bubba Watson

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  • Just straight up disagree with this pick. Doesn't like crowds, heck, he doesn't like people. There are also rumors that he isn't well liked in the PGA locker room. Davis Love III better have something up his sleeve with this pick.

 

So who has the better squad? Team USA captain, Davis Love III, or team Europe captain, Darren Clarke? Let the balls roll where they may. We're in for a treat at this year's Ryder Cup. Be on the look out for the Brofessional Golfer Weekly Preview: Ryder Cup Edition

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