Rory McIlroy and John Rahm have been officially confirmed on Luke Donald’s 2023 European Ryder Cup team via the European Points List.
McIlroy and Rahm are the first two players to be confirmed for September’s contest in Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome.
McIlroy is set to make his seventh consecutive appearance in blue and gold while Rahm will make his third bow and second at home.
Four-time major champion McIlroy has four Ryder Cup ins in six appearances and he will be looking to right the wrongs of a dismal 2021 showing in Whistling Straits and help Europe win back the cup and prevent USA from clinching an away win for the first time since 1993 at the Belfry.
McIlroy currently sits top of the European Points List having started out 2023 winning his first Rolex Series of the year at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic. He went on to finish in the top ten in all four Major Championships and claimed a dramatic victory at the Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club to secure his second Rolex Series title in July.
McIlroy has a mixed record in the competition with 12 wins, 12 losses and 4 halves in 24 matches.
World number three Rahm debuted on the winning team in Paris in 2018 and has taken 4.5 points from his eight matches in the biennial contest – winning four, losing three and halving one.
The Spaniard began the year with back-to-back wins at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the AMEX before also going on to win the Genesis Invitational in Riviera.
He won his second major title at the Masters for his first Green Jacket and he finished as runner-up at the US Open and 151st Open.