DeChambeau's drive, Spieth's putting and Poulter's heart: Building the perfect Ryder Cup player

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DeChambeau's drive, Spieth's putting and Poulter's heart: Building the perfect Ryder Cup player
DeChambeau's drive, Spieth's putting and Poulter's heart: Building the perfect Ryder Cup player

Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington do not have the time amid the usual chaotic Ryder Cup build-up to sit down and fantasise about their perfect player for this event.

Yet both would be certain that one person - not even Tiger Woods at his finest - could never possess all the requisite qualities.

But what if they could create a "Supergolfer", picking out the best aspects from these 24 players, who between them boast 15 of the world's top 21-ranked male pros?

The result may look like a strange human and might seem even odder in his accent. However, what a golfer he, or "it", would be...

Driver: Bryson DeChambeau

His three-yard lead in the PGA Tour's average driving distances stats for last season does not begin to explain the potency of his strike weapon. In the right conditions, the Ryder Cup could well witness its first 400-yard drive this week. A frightening weapon, especially in the fourballs.

Irons: Collin Morikawa

Has only been on tour two years but has two majors and the undisputed title of the world's best iron player. Morikawa could prove to be even better than Tiger Woods in this one aspect. A study has shown that Morikawa with a six-iron is actually more precise than an average tour player's pitching wedge.

Short game: Jon Rahm

Razor sharp. Has the vision of Seve Ballesteros around the green and the tenacity of Tiger. Whether it is pitching, chipping or from a bunker, the world No 1 has an uncanny ability to transport his ball to hole-side. Remarkable attribute for a player just 26 years of age. Vital in matchplay.

Putter: Jordan Spieth

The wand is recovering its powers. Spieth has burst out of his three-year slump and now the shackles are off, his putting is moving through the gears. One of the few players in history who when he stands over a 20-footer you expect him to make. Under the radar, but could be definitive for the US this week.

Mind: Dustin Johnson

Granted, Johnson does not have the character to jump around the greens at a Ryder Cup - but what he does have is the coolness. His laidback persona seems almost comical but surely it is the perfect mindset in this most intense of arenas. Looks like he does not have a care in the world. And maybe that's true.

Heart: Ian Poulter

Call him Mr Ryder Cup, call him The Postman - "I will deliver" - but one attribute every captain would love in his ranks is Poulter's competitive spirit. Quiet in the team room, Poulter releases his alter ego on course, with those pounding fists and bulging eyes irresistible. Somehow, he seems even better in an away match.

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