In the parlance of tournament golfers, Whistling Straits is a big ballpark, like Torrey Pines South and Bethpage Black. It feels sprawling and massive when you are on the property, and during this month’s Ryder Cup, the PGA of America could stretch it to as long as 7,390 yards. Alongside Lake Michigan and covered with sandy waste areas, bunkers, fescue grass and dunes, it’s rugged.
As Jason Lusk noted last week when he wrote about the American team’s length off the tee, driving will be a significant factor at this year’s Ryder Cup. In match play, outdriving your opponent and hitting shorter clubs into greens can put pressure on the other side and create more birdie chances.
With that in mind, below is a list of the 12 players who comprise the American Ryder Cup team and the drivers we anticipate them using.
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Daniel Berger (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)
Patrick Cantlay (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)
DRIVER: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60X shaft
Bryson DeChambeau (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)
Harris English (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)
DRIVER: Ping G400 (9 degrees), with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XD 70 shaft
Tony Finau (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)
Dustin Johnson (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooks Koepka (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Collin Morikawa (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)
Xander Schauffele (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)
Scottie Scheffler (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Jordan Spieth (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)
Justin Thomas (Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)