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Luke Donald announces six wild card picks for Team Europe

Luke Donald will announce the last six members of the European Ryder Cup team (Getty Images)

With the Ryder Cup fast approaching later this month, Luke Donald will today announce the choice of his captain and the final six members of the European squad that will face Team USA in Rome. The US beat Europe when they last met in Whistling Straits in 2021, but the Americans have not won away from home since 1993 and a much-improved European team will hope to keep that record.

The six confirmed members so far are Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Tyrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Robert MacIntyre. Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Justin Rose look poised to return to Team Europe thanks to Donald’s picks. Austria’s great Sepp Straka has made a compelling case for selection, as has Swedish sensation Ludvig Aberg, who won last weekend in just his ninth professional start.

Team USA was confirmed last week with Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas and Sam Burns selected as the captains for the automatic qualifiers Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele

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Follow the latest updates from the Ryder Cup announcement below:


  • Luke Donald will confirm the final six members of Team Europe at 2pm BST

  • Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Tyrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Robert MacIntyre have already confirmed

  • The U.S. team announced one of Zach Johnson’s six captains along with Justin Thomas last week

  • This year’s tournament will be held in Rome at Marco Simone Golf Golf and Country Club

  • Europe looking to regain Ryder Cup after 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits in 2021

Automatic qualifiers Team Europe – Rory McIlroy

12:05 , Ben Fleming

As McIlroy goes, Team Europe goes. If the Europeans want to win against a star-studded American lineup, they need McIlroy – who mathematically qualified automatically with weeks to spare – to be the best player in the event. It will have to be the intimidating version of 2012, 2014 or 2016 Ryder Cup Rory, rather than the one-pointed McIlroy who burst into tears after feeling like he let his teammates down, as we saw in 2021.

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The Northern Irishman will be the emotional heartbeat of Donald’s squad, but as he has shown by putting himself at the heart of the golf civil war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, that’s a role he’s more than comfortable with. The wait for an elusive fifth major continues, but a win in the Ryder Cup could ease that pain somewhat.

    (PA wire)

(PA wire)

Europe announce team for Ryder Cup 2023

12:02 , Ben Fleming

So here we have it. It’s less than a month before the Ryder Cup takes place. Zach Johnson confirmed Team USA this time last week and now it’s European captain Luke Donald’s turn to do the same, with the Englishman set to announce the final six members of his squad at 2pm BST.

We still have a few hours left, so let’s first take a look at the six confirmed members of Team Europe.

Europe announce team for Ryder Cup 2023

11:16 , Lawrence Ostlere

Follow all the latest news and updates as captain Luke Donald announces his final choice for Team Europe ahead of the 2023 Ryder Cup.

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