Stewart a U.S. Open, Ryder Cup Stalwart
Delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 43rd Ryder Cup will be held at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis., on Sept. 24-26. While winning both the U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup in the same season is no small feat, it has actually happened more often than you might think. Three of the last five times the Ryder Cup has been contested, the reigning U.S. Open champion played for the winning side, the last instance being Dustin Johnson in 2016.
Going back to 1979, the year the Ryder Cup expanded to include players from continental Europe, a player has won the U.S. Open and been on the winning Ryder Cup team in the same season seven times. Payne Stewart did it twice, in 1991 and 1999, and is the only player in history to have multiple seasons in which he won the United States Open and was on a winning Ryder Cup team.
Team Europe has enjoyed a dominant stretch in the Ryder Cup recently, winning seven of the last nine played. Jon Rahm will try to become the third European player to win the U.S. Open and be on a winning Ryder Cup side in the same year, joining Martin Kaymer of Germany (2014) and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (2010). This summer, Rahm became the first player from Spain to win any USGA championship when he surged to victory at Torrey Pines.
Players to Win U.S. Open and Play for Winning Ryder Cup Side
Same Season – Since 1979
1979 Hale Irwin (USA)
1991 Payne Stewart (USA)
1993 Lee Janzen (USA)
1999 Payne Stewart (USA)
2010 Graeme McDowell (Europe)
2014 Martin Kaymer (Europe)
2016 Dustin Johnson (USA)