The Ryder Cup gets underway Friday at Hazeltine National Golf Club, where Team USA is looking to take the Cup for the first time since 2008. Despite the fact that American golfers have dominated Europeans in major championships over the last couple decades, Europe has won the last three Ryder Cups and 8 of the last 10. Here are the 13 highest scoring players in the history of the Ryder Cup, starting with the Americans.
Team USA - Billy Casper: 23.5 points (20-10-7)
Due to Europe’s recent dominance of this event, the majority of the top-scoring Americans in the Ryder Cup are from generations ago. From 1959 to 1983, the United States won or split every single Ryder Cup, but Europe has owned the Americans since then.
Arnold Palmer: 23 points (22-8-2)
Lanny Wadkins: 21.5 points (20-11-3)
Lee Trevino: 20 points (17-7-6)
Phil Mickelson: 19 points (16-19-6)
Mickelson has played in more Ryder Cups (11) than any other American, but he’s only won the cup twice.
Jack Nicklaus: 18.5 points (17-8-3)
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Team Europe - Nick Faldo: 25 points (23-19-4)
Faldo also has the most Ryder Cup appearances (11) and has played in the most matches (46) in European history.
Bernhard Langer: 24 points (21-15-6)
Colin Montgomerie: 23.5 points (20-9-7)
Lee Westwood: 23 points (20-15-6)
Seve Ballesteros: 20.5 points (20-12-5)
Jose Maria Olazabal: 20.5 points (20-12-5)
Sergio Garcia: 20.5 points (18-9-5)
Garcia, still only 36, has a good chance to become the most accomplished Ryder Cup player of all time before he retires.