Golf Digest

In the month of September, golf’s cups runneth over. Not literally, mind you, but figuratively. And confusingly, perhaps.

Casual golf fans are likely to know that the Ryder Cup — which pits the top men’s professionals from the US against the top from Europe — is taking place at the end of September in Italy.

More informed golf fans are aware that the Solheim Cup, the women’s version of the Ryder Cup, is being held a week earlier in Spain. And passionate golf fans are planning to be up early on Saturday and Sunday to catch the Walker Cup — the men’s amateur equivalent, with the exception of the US facing only Great Britain & Ireland — that will be held for the first time in 48 years at the Old Course at St Andrews.

For the past few weeks, captains from each of the different competitions have been making picks and rounding out rosters in preparation for these biennial match-play events. And trying to keep everything straight as to who is playing for what has got a little complicated for the uninitiated. To help keep track of everything, we have this handy cheat sheet so that no matter what level of golf fan you are, you’re in the know during the next month.



Dates: September 2-3
Place: Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
Format: Foursomes Saturday and Sunday morning, singles Saturday and Sunday afternoon
Defending champ: US won in 2021 at Seminole Golf Club, 14-12
Lowdown: The Americans are starting to turn this event back into the Walk-over Cup as they aim for a fourth straight win. That length of dominance hasn’t happened since the 1980s.

Team USA

Captain: Mike McCoy
Nick Dunlap, 19, Huntsville, Alabama (World Amateur Golf Ranking: (5)
David Ford, 20, Peachtree Corners, Georgia (4)
Nick Gabrelcik, 21, Trinity, Florida (9)
Austin Greaser, 21, Vandalia, Ohio (10)
Stewart Hagestad, 32, Newport Beach, California (19)
Ben James, 19, Milford, Connecticut (7)
Dylan Menante, 22, Carlsbad, California (6)
Gordon Sargent, 20, Birmingham, Alabama (1)
Preston Summerhays, 21, Scottsdale, Arizona (13)
Caleb Surratt, 19, Indian Trail, North Carolina (8)

Team GB&I

Captain: Stuart Wilson
James Ashfield, 22, Wales (69)
Jack Bigham, 19, England (87)
Barclay Brown, 22, England (26)
John Gough, 24, England (14)
Connor Graham, 16, Scotland (214)
Alex Maguire, 22, Ireland (143)
Matthew McClean, 30, Ireland (54)
Liam Nolan, 23, Ireland (150)
Mark Power, 23, Ireland (98)
Calum Scott, 20, Scotland (31)

Maddie Meyer


Dates: September 22-24
Place: Finca Cortesin, Anadulcia, Spain
Format: Foursomes and four-balls Friday and Saturday, singles Sunday
Defending champ: Europe won in 2021 at Inverness Club, 15-13
Lowdown: The Americans have lost four of the last six matches, including two straight. Stopping that slide is even more important when you consider they’ll be playing again next year as the schedule adjusts to return to an even-numbered year target.

Team USA

Captain: Stacy Lewis
Automatic qualifiers
Lilia Vu (Rolex Ranking: 1)
Nelly Korda (2)
Allisen Corpuz (8)
Megan Khang (13)
Jennifer Kupcho (28)
Danielle Kang (31)
Andrea Lee (43)
Lexi Thompson (26)
Rose Zhang (30)
Captain’s picks
Ally Ewing (33)
Cheyenne Knight (46)
Angel Yin (32)

Team Europe

Captain: Suzann Pettersen
Automatic qualifiers
Celine Boutier (5)
Maja Stark (39)
Linn Grant (16)
Charley Hull (9)
Carlota Ciganda (34)
Georgia Hall (18)
Leona Maguire (17)
Anna Nordqvist (38)
Captain’s picks
Caroline Hedwall (118)
Madeline Sagstrom (46)
Gemma Dryburgh (51)
Emily Kristine Pedersen (117)

Warren Little


Dates: September 29-October 1
Place: Marco Simone, Rome, Italy
Format: Foursomes and four-balls Friday and Saturday, singles Sunday
Defending champ: US won in 2021 at Whistling Straits, 19-9
Lowdown: It didn’t take that long for the Europeans to go from strugglers to sneaky favorites as Viktor Hovland takes his rightful recognition among the tops of the men’s game.

Team USA

Captain: Zach Johnson
Automatic qualifiers
Scottie Scheffler (Official World Golf Ranking: 1)
Wyndham Clark (10)
Brian Harman (9)
Patrick Cantlay (5)
Max Homa (7)
Xander Schauffele (6)
Captain’s picks
Sam Burns (21)
Rickie Fowler (25)
Brooks Koepka (14)
Collin Morikawa (19)
Jordan Spieth (12)
Justin Thomas (26)

Team Europe

Captain: Luke Donald
Automatic qualifiers: Six players will earn spots on the team from two points lists after the end of the Omega European Masters this weekend.
Captain’s picks: Donald will pick six more players to join the team on Monday (September 4)