Each day during the Ryder Cup, writers, producers and editors from the Sports Illustrated Golf Group give their opinions on the trending topic of the day at Hazeltine National. Agree with our takes? Disagree? Tweet us your thoughts at @golf_com.
We have covered who we think wins and why; but what is your boldest Ryder Cup prediction?
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Phil Mickelson will contribute more than just press conference barbs and incendiary headlines. It’s mind-boggling that this swashbuckling shotmaker and Hall of Fame closer has laid an egg time after time at the Ryder Cup. This could very well be Phil’s final go-around as a player and he has once again made himself the center of attention. It is truly time to put up or shut up and I think Phil will finally find a way to bring his best golf.
Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: J.B. Holmes will be the MVP of the American team. Martin Kaymer will sink the clinching putt, again, for Europe.
Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: The Europeans and their Big Six will build a three-point lead through the first two days, and despite a furious comeback in singles, the U.S. will fall a point short. And we’ll all ask the question: What will Phil do next?
Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Ryan Moore, noted hot hand, plays in five sessions, wins five points, and replaces Keegan Bradley as Phil’s go-to practice-round playing partner, all en route to a U.S. three-point victory.
Jeff Ritter, digital development editor, GOLF.com: We make it all the way to Sunday night without another player apologizing for a public relations screw-up.
Josh Sens, contributor, GOLF Magazine: Danny Willett will recant the apology he issued on behalf of his brother, noting, correctly, that not only is he not his brother’s keeper, he is also not his brother’s co-author, so why the heck was he saying sorry in the first place. As part of his retraction, he will also remind American fans to spare the world their faux-outrage over a harmless column published an ocean away.
Sean Zak, assistant editor, GOLF.com: Another Spaniard will own the Ryder Cup stage, but it won’t be Sergio Garcia. Rafa Cabrera Bello will add to the list of impressive Spanish Ryder Cup players, to the tune of at least three points.
Pete Madden, senior producer, GOLF.com: Ryan Moore, Davis Love’s final captain’s pick and the only golfer on either side who doesn’t seem stuck on an emotional roller coaster this week, goes undefeated. Whether that will be enough to capture the Cup is anyone’s guess.
Josh Berhow, staff producer, GOLF.com: Thomas Pieters will be the best of Europe’s six rookies, and Rickie Fowler, with a Ryder Cup record of 0-5-3, will give the Americans at least three points this week — doubling his career total.