It seems like every week for the past two months an American golfer has jumped to the front of the queue where US Ryder Cup picks are concerned.
The story was no different on Sunday as 43-year-old Lucas Glover entered the record books by becoming the first player in his 40s to win back-to-back tournaments on the PGA Tour since Vijay Singh in 2008.
Cantlay did at least bump himself up to third in the US Ryder Cup team rankings, which guarantees him a place in the team.
The six captain's picks will be made after the Tour Championship at the end of the month.
GolfMagic got the Ryder Cup rolling early by taking on our American friends 'Good Good' while we spent some time with them up at The Open in Liverpool:
Open champion Brian Harman is in fourth place, and while he is not yet confirmed in the team for the first time in his career he will be hugely unfortunate to be removed from the automatic positions this week.
However, you would like to think five-time major champion Koepka will still get picked should he need that.
Homa and Schauffele will definitely both make the US Ryder Cup team no matter what happens this week.
Schauffele is guaranteed to play alongside his best bud Cantlay, and they will more than likely prove the toughest partnership to defeat at Marco Simone Golf Club.
When it comes to 2023 US Ryder Cup team, there are arguably 15 players on both the PGA Tour and LIV Golf who are in the running for a pick.
The big question mark remains how many players Johnson will decide to include from the Saudi-bankrolled LIV Golf League, especially given his ties to the PGA Tour.
But the PGA of America runs the US Ryder Cup team and so Johnson can choose however many LIV players he wants.
The story is a little different over on the DP World Tour though, at least for now, as Luke Donald can only select European players who still hold DP World Tour cards.
Which players will make the 2023 US Ryder Cup team?
To help Johnson with his upcoming selection headache we have ranked out of 10 every player's chance of making the team either automatically or with a captain's pick.
Do you agree with our rankings below? Share your thoughts over on the GolfMagic social media channels and let us know who you think deserves to make their way into Zach Johnson's team.
2023 US Ryder Cup Team
Scottie Scheffler - CONFIRMED
Wyndham Clark - CONFIRMED
Patrick Cantlay - CONFIRMED
Brian Harman - 10/10 - he
should will make it through as an automatic this week and compete in his first US Ryder Cup side following his emphatic Open Championship victory at Royal Liverpool.
Brooks Koepka - 10/10 - he might be sweating things out this week given he's not competing on the PGA Tour, but Koepka will be in the team no matter what happens; he should still get through automatically but if not Johnson will hand him one of his six picks for sure.
Max Homa - 10/10 - Homa has been one of the most impressive performers on the PGA Tour for some time now and while his major record is still a work in progress, he will prove a huge thorn in the European Ryder Cup side next month; he will be a rookie in the team but it won't feel like it.
Now those just outside:
Xander Schauffele - 10/10 - we'll keep this nice and short; Schauffele will be in the team and he will be out with Cantlay in all of the fourballs and foursomes; if he needs a pick then he's got one.
Jordan Spieth - 10/10 - Spieth will be pushing hard this week to try and get in the automatic spots, but either way, Johnson will pick him; Jordan has the experience of past Ryder Cups and while not at his major-winning best so far this season, he performed admirably in the first leg of the Playoffs last week to show Johnson his game is trending in the right direction ahead of Rome; Fred Couples also said he's in the team.
Okay, now here is where things get very, very interesting...
Let's continues to assess some of the leading contenders on the PGA Tour right now, before moving over to LIV Golf to see what's happening there...
Cameron Young - 8/10 - given Couples said Young was going to be in the team no matter what, you have to assume that will still be the case; however, the young American has not looked quite as consistent this year, reflected in him only just making it through to this week's BMW Championship; Johnson is clearly a big fan of him though so that will likely go a long way; Young is still searching for his maiden PGA Tour title, somehow, but he has proven his game on the major scene with a handful of runner-up finishes; he will more than likely be given the opportunity to shine on the grandest stage of them all in Rome, but it's certainly not a banker.
Collin Morikawa - 8/10 - it seems unthinkable Morikawa won't make the team but his game has just not been there this season for one reason or another; much of his issues have been on the greens, and that will obviously play a huge part in the outcome of the Ryder Cup; Morikawa will more than likely still receive a pick but he will need to show at least something to get Johnson excited at the BMW this week.
Keegan Bradley - 8/10 - Couples mentioned Keegan's name recently before going any further on whether he was going to make the team; but the fact he dropped his name in there with the likes of Homa, Young and Spieth, who he revealed would all make the team, you'd like to think Bradley has a very strong case of a pick; he's not looked overly impressive of late but he certainly has got a great chance of a pick; by no means a banker.
Sam Burns - 6/10 - at the start of the year we thought he would be nailed on for a pick in the team, especially with his close bond with Scheffler; when he won the WGC Match Play, you thought he's a lock no matter what happens; however, it's not really happned for Burns since that win with just one top-10 finish and four missed cuts in his last 12 appearances; he does still have a chance, especially with a big week at the BMW but he's going to need it you would think to have any chance of making the team now.
Rickie Fowler - 9/10 - we would be stunned if Rickie doesn't get picked after the comeback season he has enjoyed in 2023; while he is quite some way down on the Ryder Cup rankings list at 13th, he certainly has shown in recent months that his game is right back on track following a long-awaited victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic; he would also seem a suitable partner for his close friend Spieth, especially if the next man on our list does not make it in; Rickie's not a lock by any means but we think he's done enough to earn a pick no matter what happens at the BMW.
Justin Thomas - 8/10 - you can't even walk down the shops without the person behind you in the queue asking you whether you think JT will make the Ryder Cup team; it really is one of the biggest talking points in golf right now, especially after JT missed the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time in his career; for us, JT has not shown enough in recent months to earn a captain's pick, however, his past Ryder Cup record, especially alongside Spieth may just carry him through; it's certainly the biggest headache Johnson faces when it comes to his picks; all we can say is good luck Zach!
Lucas Glover - 7/10 - two weeks ago we would have laughed fairly hard if you had told us Glover was in the mix for a US Ryder Cup pick, but that just shows how quickly things can change in this game, especially in the FedEx Cup Playoffs; Glover is now up to 16th in the Ryder Cup rankings but following back-to-back wins on the PGA Tour there is no doubt Johnson will have taken note of such form; we personally think he won't get picked, especially given the strength in depth of those around him also looking for a pick, but if you want a form horse then Glover is definitely at the top of the list.
Tony Finau - 7/10 - Finau, like Burns and Morikawa, is another player who you would have thought would have been a lock for a place in the team at the start of the season, especially having impressed in previous Ryder Cup appearances; but Finau's game has just not been there this summer for whatever reason; he's picked up just one top-10 finish since his win earlier this year in Mexico; he's still in with a solid shout of a pick, but he would certainly be in trouble if he doesn't show anything of note at the BMW this week.
Okay, let's move over to see a few more contenders for picks on LIV Golf...
Bryson DeChambeau - 8/10 - for us, Bryson deserves a place in the team solely based on his incredible 61-58 weekend at LIV Golf Greenbrier two weeks ago; that was without question the most special performance ever seen on the LIV Golf League and it would have certainly raised the eyebrows of Johnson, who likely wasn't giving the big-hitting American much of a chance of making the team prior to that week; you do sort of feel Bryson won't get picked just solely based on Johnson more than likely favouring PGA Tour players, but if he does keep an open mind then we think he should definitely be taking DeChambeau with him to Rome; the driver looks dialled and it could prove a huge weapon for the US team at Marco Simone.
Dustin Johnson - 7/10 - DJ may have gone 5-0 at Whistling Straits last time out but he has not looked the same player this season for one reason or another; he did show glimmers of his best stuff with a tie for 10th at the US Open earlier this summer but the other majors were all a bit of a disaster by his own high standards; he did pick up a LIV Golf win in Tulsa but given his former World No.1 class you would have expected him to be picking up at least a few wins on the circuit; he's not completely dusted for a pick just yet but he might have to start talking favourably to his namesake for a shot at making his sixth side.
Talor Gooch - 6/10 - Gooch became LIV Golf's first three-time winner this season and he certainly deserves all the plaudits he gets for that, but we would honestly be shocked if he gets a pick for the Ryder Cup team; he played in three majors this year and missed the cut twice and he's shown very little of late to get that excited about his game; we think others on the list above will be further ahead of him in the queue for a pick.
Patrick Reed - 6/10 - while we would love to see Reed at the Ryder Cup just to see his reaction with the European fans, we sadly don't think it's going to happen; Reed did impress with a tie for fourth at The Masters earlier this season and he has thrown in a few top-five finishes on LIV Golf recently, but he has yet to win on the circuit and that has to be a concern; he's certainly in a bit of form at the moment but we think he will fall short.
There are certainly a number of other American players in the mix for a pick such as Denny McCarthy and Russell Henley, but we believe the starting 12 for the US Ryder Cup team will comprise of names featured above.
But all it will take is for someone else lower down the pecking order such as McCarthy or Henley to win the BMW Championship this week for that to change.
As Glover has proven in recent weeks, it's not beyond the realms of possibility at all.
For those wondering, here's the team I would personally go with... and yes, I would be sticking Koepka alongside DeChambeau as a LIV pairing to keep them comfortable now they are seemingly the best of friends.
Predicted US Ryder Cup side:— Andy Roberts (@AndyRobertsGolf) August 7, 2023
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It's fair to say Zach Johnson has one of the toughest selection processes of all time at the Ryder Cup.
But that also goes to show just how strong this 2023 US Ryder Cup team will be in Rome.