GCA Coaches Make Their Ryder Cup Picks

Golf Channel Academy coaches make their picks and predictions for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, France

We polled our 84 lead coaches on who they thought would be hoisting the Ryder Cup come Sunday, and who they liked for Team USA and Team Europe MVP. They left no doubt who the American MVP would be and which side would be doing the most partying afterwards. Here are the results.


U.S. wins: 83%

Europe wins: 11%

Draw: 6% (U.S. retains the cup)


“U.S. Because their weakest link right now is Jordan Spieth, and if Jordan Spieth is your weakest link you’re going to be pretty well off”. —Colby Huffman

“The U.S., because their best players have played well in the majors this year, winning three of four plus The Players Championship and Tour Championship. They’re all in good form”. —Anders Mattson

“The U.S. because they have some serious depth and a rock-star lineup. Also, Tiger is playing well again and that creates an enormous boost of momentum and belief for the Americans”. —Garrett Froggatte

“Probably the strongest team in recent history for the U.S. with lots of young stars who will be highly motivated, especially with the additions of Tiger and Phil to the team”. —Bobby Clampett

“[Thomas] Bjorn’s final four picks will come back to haunt him. Those four have not been playing well”. —Paul Ramee, Jr.

“The U.S. because of their depth, their need to prove they can win away from home, and their belief in each other”. —Dave Kendall

“Tiger is heating up and I just sense the Americans want it more than in previous years”.—Craig Bocking

“This is the deepest squad the Americans have ever had. It’s certainly difficult to win in Europe but this team will get it done”.—Scott Wickham

“Can’t believe you asked me this. EUROPE. EUROPE. EUROPE. Ole ole ole ole!”—Kenny Nairn


The most popular score was the Americans edging out the Euros, 15-13. That received 29% of the vote. Next most popular score was 16-12 Americans with 20% of the vote. The most lopsided projection with 2 votes was 16-1/2 to 11-1/2 Americans. One coach, Skip Guss, had Europe trouncing the Americans 16.5-11.5. Said Guss: “U.S. hasn’t won on foreign soil in 25 years!”


Overwhelmingly Tiger. Coming off his epic win at the Tour Championship this past weekend, Tiger tallied nearly half of the votes at 49%. The next most popular American MVP pick was Brooks Koepka with 11%. Captain America, Patrick Reed, had 8%, as did Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.

“Tiger. His play lately has been consistently remarkable. On a side note guys seem less afraid of him now, which means he’ll be a better partner in team matches. Guys will feel less pressure playing as his partner”. — Jeremy Anderson

“Tiger has a new attitude after being on the sidelines as a vice captain at Hazeltine. He won’t lose a match in Paris!” —Rob Strano


Uber-rich Justin Rose, fresh off his FedExCup title, picked up 31% of the votes. Next up was Tommy Fleetwood with 23% and U.S. archenemy and Euro antagonist Ian Poulter with 17%. Rory McIlory tallied 14% of the vote.

“The new world No. 1 will continue his strong play over the last year and will be a tough match for anyone he plays”. —Rob Strano

“I hope the Americans’ quest to retain the Cup doesn’t ride on the outcome of a singles match versus Justin. He’ll be tough no matter who he faces”. —Dom DiJulia

“Justin Rose is a rock.”—Todd Sones