United States Ryder Cup team guide

Woods and Mickelson both have their eyes on the Ryder Cup

Golfing greats Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have both been added to the American Ryder Cup team by captain Jim Furyk, with only one spot now still up for grabs.

Here, AFP Sport takes a look at the players hoping to end the United States' 25-year wait for a win on European soil at Le Golf National from September 28-30:

Brooks Koepka

Age: 28

World ranking: 2

Second Ryder Cup appearance (2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record (wins, losses, halves): 3-1-0

-- Koepka has confirmed himself as one of the best players of his generation with three major titles in less than two years. He missed the start of the season, including the Masters through injury, but defended his US Open crown at Shinnecock Hills before holding off a resurgent Woods to win the PGA Championship. He may well be the world number one by the time the Ryder Cup starts, when he'll be hoping to repeat his excellent performance from Hazeltine in 2016.

Dustin Johnson

Age: 34

World ranking: 1

Fourth appearance (2010, 2012, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 6-5-0

-- The former US Open champion is still holding on to his top ranking ahead of Koepka as he continues to churn out PGA Tour wins, with three titles and just one missed cut this season. Johnson has never set the Ryder Cup alight, but has won all three of his singles matches.

Justin Thomas

Age: 25

World ranking: 3


-- Thomas will arrive in Paris as a rookie, but with plenty of experience under pressure. Last year's PGA champion briefly took the world number one spot from Johnson in May and has won seven titles since the start of 2017. Thomas eased to qualification to ensure that the world's top three players will be wearing an American shirt in France.

Patrick Reed

Age: 28

World ranking: 14

Third appearance (2014, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 6-1-2

-- The United States' Ryder Cup answer to Ian Poulter, Reed also displayed his major credentials by winning the Masters in April with a gutsy performance to keep Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth at bay. The confident 28-year-old has only lost one of his nine previous Ryder Cup matches, and won a fantastic battle with Rory McIlroy in 2016.

Bubba Watson

Age: 39

World ranking: 13

Fourth appearance (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 3-8-0

-- The two-time Masters winner has returned to form this year with three Tour titles, but was left out of the team by Davis Love III two years ago. Despite the bravado, pink drivers and attempts to rile up the crowd, the big-hitting left-hander has struggled in the matchplay showpiece, losing eight of 11 matches.

Jordan Spieth

Age: 25

World ranking: 10

Third appearance (2014, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 4-3-2

-- Magical putting took Spieth to three major titles and the summit of world golf, but the flat stick has let him down badly in 2018 and he is yet to win a tournament. He is still a class act, though, and qualified for the team with little trouble. Expected to reprise his deadly partnership with Reed.

Rickie Fowler

Age: 29

World ranking: 9

Fourth appearance (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 2-4-5

-- Drafted into the 2010 team as a 21-year-old wildcard by Corey Pavin, he produced a famous comeback in the singles with four straight birdies to halve with Edoardo Molinari. Has dealt mainly in half-points since in the Ryder Cup, and is still awaiting his first major title after finishing second to Reed at the Masters.

Webb Simpson

Age: 33

World ranking: 19

Third appearance (2012, 2014, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 2-3-1

-- The 2012 US Open champion has found some strong form this year after initially struggling following the ban on anchored putters. He won two points in 2012 on debut, but performed poorly as a captain's pick in 2014, including an embarrassing opening tee shot on the first day.

Bryson DeChambeau (captain's pick)

Age: 24

World ranking: 7


-- The quirky DeChambeau demanded to be picked with magnificent victories in the first two events of the Fed-Ex Cup playoffs. The new world number seven, whose irons are all the same length, was watching the last Ryder Cup as a fan and was spotted in crowd by captain Love.

Phil Mickelson (captain's pick)

Age: 48

World ranking: 24

Record-breaking 12th appearance (1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 18-20-7

-- Mickelson will break out of his tie with Nick Faldo to set an all-time record of 12 Ryder Cup appearances, but will still be desperate to finally make his overall record a winning one. A strong start to this year with his first title since 2013 put him in pole position to qualify, but his form stagnated to the extent that he needed a captain's pick.

Tiger Woods (captain's pick)

Age: 42

World ranking: 26

Eighth appearance (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2018)

Ryder Cup record: 13-17-3

-- The 14-time major champion returns to the Ryder Cup after a six-year absence. The former world number one and arguably the greatest player of all-time still hasn't won a professional title for over five years, but he went mighty close at both the British Open and PGA Championship. His form since returning after back surgery this year is a real bonus for Furyk and the US, strengthening an already-formidable outfit.

-- Furyk to name fourth and final pick on Monday, September 10