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The 2018 Ryder Cup is here.

24 of the best golfers in the world have landed in France to compete in the most compelling tournament in the sport. Last year, Team USA won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008. This year, they’ll be away from home soil, seeking their first back-to-back wins since 1993.

While the pairings and matchups for the event remain a mystery until the hours before they are played, we do know each team’s roster heading into the tournament.

Take a look below as we break down the rosters of both Team USA and Team Europe on the eve of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Team Europe:


Team Europe for the 2018 Ryder Cup.play

Team Europe for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

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Captain: Thomas Bjørn


Thomas Bjørn will serve as captain of Team Europe for the first time this year.play

Thomas Bjørn will serve as captain of Team Europe for the first time this year.

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The most successful golfer in Danish history, Thomas Bjørn takes the lead role for Team Europe in 2018 with plenty of Ryder Cup experience. Bjørn was a part of winning Ryder Cup teams in 1997, 2002 and 2014, and served as a vice-captain in 2016. This year he’ll try to right the ship after Europe’s loss two years ago.

Francesco Molinari


Francesco Molinari had a great 2018, including a win at the Open Championship, his first career major victory.play

Francesco Molinari had a great 2018, including a win at the Open Championship, his first career major victory.

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Age: 35

World rank: No. 5

Previous Ryder Cups: 2

Record at Ryder Cup: 0-4-2

Justin Rose


Justin Rose won the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoff, and the $10 million prize that comes with it.play

Justin Rose won the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoff, and the $10 million prize that comes with it.

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Age: 38

World rank: No. 2

Previous Ryder Cups: 4

Record at Ryder Cup: 11-6-2

Tyrrell Hatton


Tyrrell Hatton finished in the top 10 at two majors this year.play

Tyrrell Hatton finished in the top 10 at two majors this year.

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Age: 26

World rank: No. 26

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A

Tommy Fleetwood


Tommy Fleetwood was one of the hottest players of 2018.play

Tommy Fleetwood was one of the hottest players of 2018.

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Age: 27

World rank: No. 12

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A

Jon Rahm


Jon Rahm is one of five Ryder Cup rookies on Team Europe this year.play

Jon Rahm is one of five Ryder Cup rookies on Team Europe this year.

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Age: 23

World rank: No. 8

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A

Rory McIlroy


Rory McIlroy competed in one of the most thrilling matches in Ryder Cup history in 2016.play

Rory McIlroy competed in one of the most thrilling matches in Ryder Cup history in 2016.

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Age: 29

World rank: No. 6

Previous Ryder Cups: 4

Record at Ryder Cup: 9-6-4

Alex Norén


Alex Norén should feel right at home at Le Golf National — he won the French Open there earlier this year.play

Alex Norén should feel right at home at Le Golf National — he won the French Open there earlier this year.

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Age: 36

World rank: No. 18

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A

Thorbjørn Olesen


Thorbjørn Olesen bested Francesco Molinari at the Italian Open this year.play

Thorbjørn Olesen bested Francesco Molinari at the Italian Open this year.

(Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Age: 28

World rank: No. 45

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A

Paul Casey


Paul Casey took down the Valspar Championship this year, his first PGA Tour win since 2009.play

Paul Casey took down the Valspar Championship this year, his first PGA Tour win since 2009.

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Age: 41

World rank: No. 21

Previous Ryder Cups: 3

Record at Ryder Cup: 3-2-4

Sergio García


Sergio García has been a huge part of winning Ryder Cup teams in the past.play

Sergio García has been a huge part of winning Ryder Cup teams in the past.

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Age: 38

World rank: No. 28

Previous Ryder Cups: 8

Record at Ryder Cup: 19-11-7

Ian Poulter


Ian Poulter is well known as one of the best players in Ryder Cup history.play

Ian Poulter is well known as one of the best players in Ryder Cup history.

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Age: 42

World rank: No. 34

Previous Ryder Cups: 5

Record at Ryder Cup: 12-4-2

Henrik Stenson


Henrik Stenson was one of four "captain's picks" for Team Europe this year.play

Henrik Stenson was one of four “captain’s picks” for Team Europe this year.

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Age: 42

World rank: No. 24

Previous Ryder Cups: 4

Record at Ryder Cup: 7-7-2

Team USA


Team USA for the 2018 Ryder Cup.play

Team USA for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

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Captain: Jim Furyk


Jim Furyk is no stranger to the Ryder Cup.play

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Jim Furyk is no stranger to the Ryder Cup.

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Jim Furyk is something of a Ryder Cup stalwart for the American team, having competed in the event nine times over the course of his career. He served as an assistant captain to Davis Love III during the American’s 2016 win, and this year hopes to lead Team USA to its first back-to-back Ryder Cup wins since 1993.

Brooks Koepka


Brooks Koepka became the first player to win two majors in the same year since Jordan Spieth did it in 2015.play

Brooks Koepka became the first player to win two majors in the same year since Jordan Spieth did it in 2015.

(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Age: 28

World rank: No. 3

Previous Ryder Cups: 1

Record at Ryder Cup: 3-1

Dustin Johnson


Dustin Johnson has now spent a cumulative total of 78 weeks as the top-ranked golfer in the world, good for fifth all time.play

Dustin Johnson has now spent a cumulative total of 78 weeks as the top-ranked golfer in the world, good for fifth all time.

(David Dermer/AP Images)

Age: 34

World rank: No. 1

Previous Ryder Cups: 3

Record at Ryder Cup: 6-5

Justin Thomas


Justin Thomas is one of three Ryder Cup rookies on Team USA.play

Justin Thomas is one of three Ryder Cup rookies on Team USA.

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Age: 25

World rank: No. 4

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A

Patrick Reed


Patrick Reed's performance at the 2016 Ryder Cup earned him the nickname "Captain America."play

Patrick Reed’s performance at the 2016 Ryder Cup earned him the nickname “Captain America.”

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Age: 28

World rank: No. 15

Previous Ryder Cups: 2

Record at Ryder Cup: 6-1-2

Bubba Watson


Bubba Watson was left off the 2016 Ryder Cup team, and will be as hungry as anyone to lift the trophy this year.play

Bubba Watson was left off the 2016 Ryder Cup team, and will be as hungry as anyone to lift the trophy this year.

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Age: 39

World rank: No. 14

Previous Ryder Cups: 3

Record at Ryder Cup: 3-8

Jordan Spieth


Jordan Spieth will likely be a staple of Team USA for years to come.play

Jordan Spieth will likely be a staple of Team USA for years to come.

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Age: 25

World rank: No. 10

Previous Ryder Cups: 2

Record at Ryder Cup: 4-3-2

Rickie Fowler


Rickie Fowler was famously single when Team USA won the 2016 Ryder Cup. This year, he's engaged.play

Rickie Fowler was famously single when Team USA won the 2016 Ryder Cup. This year, he’s engaged.

(Sam Greenwood/Getty)

Age: 29

World rank: No. 9

Previous Ryder Cups: 3

Record at Ryder Cup: 2-4-5

Webb Simpson


Webb Simpson finished in the top 20 at all four majors this year.play

Webb Simpson finished in the top 20 at all four majors this year.

(Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Age: 33

World rank: No. 16

Previous Ryder Cups: 2

Record at Ryder Cup: 2-3-1

Bryson DeChambeau


Bryson DeChambeau is a Ryder Cup rookie that could potentially play hero for Team USA.play

Bryson DeChambeau is a Ryder Cup rookie that could potentially play hero for Team USA.

(Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Age: 25

World rank: No. 7

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A

Phil Mickelson


Phil Mickelson is competing in his 11th Ryder Cup, the most of any player in the tournament.play

Phil Mickelson is competing in his 11th Ryder Cup, the most of any player in the tournament.

(Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Age: 48

World rank: No. 25

Previous Ryder Cups: 11

Record at Ryder Cup: 18-20-7

Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods is back on Team USA as a player for the first time since 2012.play

Tiger Woods is back on Team USA as a player for the first time since 2012.

(John Amis/AP)

Age: 42

World rank: No. 13

Previous Ryder Cups: 7

Record at Ryder Cup: 13-17-3

Tony Finau


Tony Finau was one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour this season.play

Tony Finau was one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour this season.

(Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Age: 29

World rank: No. 17

Previous Ryder Cups: 0

Record at Ryder Cup: N/A

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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