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Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE: US team announcement as Justin Thomas selected as wildcard pick

US captain Zach Johnson has his eyes on Ryder Cup glory (AP)
US captain Zach Johnson has his eyes on Ryder Cup glory (AP)

The United States team for the 2023 Ryder Cup is set to be completed as captain Zach Johnson reveals his six wildcard picks.

This year’s edition of the biennial event will be hosted by the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy over three days from 29 September.

The six automatic spots in Johnson’s selection have been filled by Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele, leaving the first-time captain with six picks to make. Justin Thomas is expected to make the cut despite the two-time major winner’s poor form this year, while Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa are also strong contenders for inclusion.

And despite his defection to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, Brooks Koepka is set to play in Rome after winning the USPGA Championship earlier this year.

Follow all of the latest updates as Johnson reveals his six selections below:

Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE

  • Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka named among six wildcard picks for United States

  • Scottie Scheffler and Open champion Brian Harman among automatic qualifiers in Zach Johnson’s team

  • Ryder Cup to be held at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome over three days from 29 September

Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka among six US wildcard picks for Ryder Cup 2023

15:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

So broadly as expected from Johnson, with Justin Thomas backed despite a tough year on the course, and Brooks Koepka the lone LIV rebel in the side after his major form made the big hitter impossible to ignore.

Zach Johnson reveals six wildcard picks for Ryder Cup 2023

15:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Sam Burns

Rickie Fowler

Brooks Koepka

Collin Morikawa

Jordan Spieth

Justin Thomas

Zach Johnson prepares to reveal wildcard picks

15:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“I am very confident in these six,” the US captain says. “We came up with what we felt made the other six whole.”

Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE

15:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“I’m very pleased with our six qualifiers. Scottie Scheffler is Mr Consistency. Patrick Cantlay is another model of consistency, played great at the end of the year. Max Homa is a rookie Ryder Cupper but has played some high level international golf. Xander Schauffele has played amazing as of late and is a great team player. Quality guys, great competitors and probably even better off the course than on it.”

Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE

15:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Here we go then - Zach Johnson is ready in Frisco, Texas, with six golfers to be added to his United States team to complete the 12-player line-up.

Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE

15:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It is now 30 years since the US won on foreign soil, with that Belfry triumph in 1993 feeling rather distant. How will Zach Johnson balance his team to try and end that run?

Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE: Justin Thomas set for inclusion

15:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The big debate for Zach Johnson might have been whether to take Justin Thomas to Italy. The two-time major winner has been some way below his best this year but has an outstanding matchplay record - and it sounds like JT has made the cut...

Great things are coming – Justin Thomas vows to rediscover his ‘mojo’

Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE: Who are the automatic selections?

14:57 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Half of Zach Johnson’s unit has, of course, already been confirmed, with six golfers earning their spots from the Ryder Cup points list.

They are: Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele

Open champion Brian Harman is set to make his Ryder Cup debut in Rome (PA Wire)
Open champion Brian Harman is set to make his Ryder Cup debut in Rome (PA Wire)

Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE: Predicting Team USA

14:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The Independent’s golf experts Jack Rathborn and Luke Baker have been monitoring the progress of the wildcard contenders closely over the last few months, and have put their heads together to predict what Zach Johnson might be thinking:

Predicting Team USA for the 2023 Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE: Zach Johnson set to confirm wildcard picks

14:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Today’s the day, then, for the US’s Ryder Cup hopefuls to find out their fate. With just a month to go until the event begins, Zach Johnson is set to confirm his six wildcard picks today to complete the American unit that will defend the cup in Rome.

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Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE

14:42 , Lawrence Ostlere

Follow all the latest news and reaction as Team USA prepare to announce their 12-man line-up for next month’s Ryder Cup.