2018 Ryder Cup team, picks, members: U.S. will head to Paris as favorite over tough Europe side

With the 2018 Ryder Cup on deck at the end of September and 23 of the 24 golfers set for Paris, we need to take a look at the teams that have been built for this showdown. The United States is a -210 favorite over the European side, but despite a huge victory at home two years ago, the U.S. hasn't won on European soil in 25 years. 

As Sergio Garcia noted, sometimes (OK, all the time) the Ryder Cup isn't decided before it begins based on which team looks to be better.

That said, the U.S. side is loaded. Its lowest-ranked player is probably going to end up being Tiger Woods, who is currently No. 26 in the world. Let's take a look at the 11 golfers that have made the team thus far and their history with the Ryder Cup.

Team USA

GolferAppearancesLast appearanceRecord

Dustin Johnson

4

2016

6-5-0

Bubba Watson

4

2014

3-8-0

Rickie Fowler420162-4-5
Patrick Reed320166-1-2

Jordan Spieth

3

2016

4-3-2

Webb Simpson

3

2014

2-3-1

Brooks Koepka

2

2016

3-1-0

Justin Thomas1
0-0

Phil Mickelson*

12

2016

18-20-7

Tiger Woods*

8

2012

13-17-3

Bryson DeChambeau*

1

0-0

To be determined

* Captain's pick

If Tony Finau fills out the 12th spot, the U.S. will have seven of the top eight guys in the current Sagarin pro rankings. Translation: This is good if you're a fan of the U.S.

Team Europe

GolferAppearancesLast appearanceRecord
Justin Rose5201611-6-2

Rory McIlroy

5

2016

9-6-4

Francisco Molinari

3

2012

0-3-2

Tommy Fleetwood1
0-0
Tyrrell Hatton1
0-0

Alex Noren

1

0-0

Thorbjorn Olesen

1

0-0

Jon Rahm

1

0-0

Sergio Garcia*9201619-11-7
Ian Poulter*6201412-4-2

Henrik Stenson*

5

2016

7-7-2

Paul Casey*

4

2008

3-2-4

* Captain's pick

The European team has a lot of first-timers, but most of them are either stars or superstars, and they were always going to be on this team. That's not a bad thing. And on paper, neither is filling out your squad with some seasoned vets who have been through Ryder Cup wars before. However, when those seasoned vets have combined for just a pair of top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour since the U.S. Open in June, it might not be the greatest thing. Still, it seems Thomas Bjorn had little choice but to pick Casey, Garcia, Stenson and Poulter.

CBS Sports Writer

Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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