Scottie Scheffler earns first spot on Team USA for 2023 Ryder Cup

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Scottie Scheffler better start brushing up on his Italian.

The world No. 1 has punched his ticket as the first of 12 players on Team USA for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome, Italy, Sept. 29-Oct.

“The experience I had at the Ryder Cup two years ago in Wisconsin is something I will never forget and something I can’t wait to replicate in September,” said Scheffler, who was formally announced as the team’s first automatic qualifier on Wednesday. “Zach’s an amazing leader and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to help him, and our team bring the Ryder Cup back home to the United States.”

“What can I say about Scottie that hasn’t already been said,” said U.S. captain Zach Johnson. “He’s an amazing talent on the golf course, and someone that I know will do whatever is asked of him at the Ryder Cup with a smile on his face. He’s incredibly passionate about the Ryder Cup, and it’s nice to have the World No. 1 on the U.S. Team this year.”

Last season was Scheffler’s coming out party as the Texan earned four wins, including his first major at the Masters, as well as four runner-up finishes and 11 top 10s. The 27-year-old has kept the party going this season with two more wins and an astounding 13 top-five finishes in 20 events.

Scheffler made his first Ryder Cup appearance in 2021 where he compiled a 2-0-1 record, including a Sunday singles win against Jon Rahm, 4 and 3.

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