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Forecasting the 2018 Ryder Cup teams

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Bonjour! Je m’appelle Jason!

Four years of high school French classes and that’s about all I’ve got. Might be time to start brushing up, though, as it was announced on Tuesday that the 2018 Ryder Cup has been awarded to Paris.

Who will be captaining the teams? Who will be playing?

Want to read my take? Just say, “Oui, oui!” (And yes, my fellow Americans. That’s pronounced “wee-wee.”)

United States

Captain: Jim Furyk
After Davis Love III finishes his reign next year, all bets are off, but candidates for the next two include David Toms and Steve Stricker. That would leave Furyk as a viable option in France, when he would be 48 years old.

Rickie Fowler
Easiest pick on the team. He may play in the next 8-10 of these things.

Dustin Johnson
At 34, DJ will be entering his prime at this point – which could be scary.

Zach Johnson
An elder statesman on this team, Johnson’s game should hold up as his career progresses.

Anthony Kim
Struggling right now, but too much talent not to find his game again.

Jamie Lovemark
Hampered by injuries in his rookie season, he still owns a ton of talent.

Hunter Mahan
Yet another guy who should be a lock on this team for the next decade.

Tiger Woods
He may not play enough events to garner points like he used to, but tough to believe his buddy Furyk wouldn’t at least make him a wild-card pick.

Webb Simpson
Starting to prove himself as an up-and-comer; will only get better with experience.

Brandt Snedeker
He will always play the majors well, which means RC points in odd-numbered years and double points in even-numbered years.

Peter Uihlein
The recent recipient of the Ben Hogan Award will be a multiple PGA Tour winner by this point.

Nick Watney
May never be a steely-eyed closer, but always a consistent performer.

Gary Woodland
The guy has “it” – could be America’s next superstar golfer.


Captain: Thomas Bjorn
There’s a logjam for this role over the next decade. I’ve got Paul McGinley in 2014, then Darren Clarke in ’16, followed by Bjorn – always a popular man on the Euro circuit -- as Miguel Angel Jimenez gets Larry Nelson’d out of the role before Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood take over.

Rhys Davies
Made a nice run at the team in his native Wales last year as a rookie.

Luke Donald
Short games often carry over with age and Donald has the best short game around right now.

Sergio Garcia
Yes, he’ll be back. When we review Sergio’s career someday, the 2010 edition of the event may be the only one missing.

David Horsey
Already proving himself on the European Tour; perhaps the next great English player.

Martin Kaymer
Will be a long time before he fails to make one of these teams.

Matteo Manassero
Never know what the future holds, but he seems like a lock right now.

Graeme McDowell
Closing in on 40, he’ll still be a very talented player.

Rory McIlroy
Yet another lock. Would be shocking if he’s not there.

Thorbjorn Olesen
Remember the name. Ultra-talented Euro rookie right now.

Alvaro Quiros
His long game is built for Ryder Cup intimidation.

Justin Rose
Another player whose accurate game should translate to success as he gets older.

Chris Wood
A very good Open Championship performer, don’t be surprised if he wins a claret jug before then.