If Australia had a Ryder Cup team

Australian golfers get to compete as a team in the President’s Cup against the US along with the other best golfers in the world who aren’t from Europe or the US. It’s a nice competition but still a little too “nice” for my liking. With the Ryder Cup on the agenda this month between Europe and the USA it’s easy to know who most of us will be pulling for (please vote on the right in the poll) but hypothetically, if we had our own 12 man team, who’d be in it?With more Australians on the PGA Tour than any other country other than the US ,we’d have a reasonable team that would fair ok, as long as the tournament isn’t played at Augusta. I suppose the first 10 players would qualify according to world golf ranking. They’ve been listed below to have a look at, with those in bold automatically qualifying. The big question would be, if you were team captain, what two players would be your wild card inclusions?

I’d put Matthew Goggin in for sure. His form last week was excellent finishing 4th at the Barclays but his 8 Top 25 finishes this year with 3 Top 10’s would make him a good pick. The last pick isn’t so clear but I’d go with a risky Jason Day. Not risky because he lacks talent but risky cause on his first year on the tour, he’s still showing a lot of inconsistency.

Anyone disagree?

  1. Geoff Ogilvy (ranked 9 in the world)
  2. Adam Scott (11)
  3. Aaron Baddeley (25)
  4. Stuart Appleby (28)
  5. Robert Allenby (31)
  6. Richard Green (48)
  7. Rod Pampling (50)
  8. Nick O’Hern (62)
  9. Brendan Jones (75)
  10. Peter Lonard (78)
  11. John Senden (82)
  12. Mathew Goggin (100)
  13. Scott Strange (112)
  14. Steve Elkington (121)
  15. Nathan Green (142)
  16. Greg Chalmers (154)
  17. Greg Norman (166)
  18. Jason Day (169)
  19. Craig Parry (184)
  20. Jarrod Lyle (203)

4 thoughts on “If Australia had a Ryder Cup team

  • September 2, 2008 at 04:00
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    Can’t leave Senden out, he’s quality although I’d certainly entertain the thought of Jason Day!

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  • September 3, 2008 at 01:28
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    The Great White Shark of course. Just so you could watch him throw away Australia’s huge lead on the last day…..

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  • September 5, 2008 at 17:59
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    That’s very interesting, it’s not that much weaker a side than that of Europe or America, from such a relatively small pool of players. You could make the Elk captain and cheekily throw in Norman, I bet he would do you proud still, that Open performance just reaffirmed how much I wish he was still on the main tour.

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  • September 8, 2008 at 20:43
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    I’m not sure it’s a strong team. It has a few guns in there but overall we’d struggle against Europe and the US.

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