Meet Team USA’s WAGs cheering on Ryder Cup hosts – from model to actress
Team USA is packed full of some of the best golfers on the planet for this year's Ryder Cup, with eight of the current top 10 in the men's world rankings representing their country at Whistling Straits this month.
They will also have the support of the home crowd in Wisconsin, and will have their significant others there to cheer them on as well.
Those 'WAGs' will be formally introduced at the Ryder Cup opening ceremony on Thursday, along with the players, before the action gets under way the following day.
They will be joined by the partners of Team Europe's players as well, after the US State department agreed family would be exempt from coronavirus restrictions after extensive talks between the US Embassy, PGA and European Tour.
Here's a lowdown on some of those who will be cheering on the American stars at Whistling Straits this weekend.
Sophia Phalen Bertolami – Bryson DeChambeau
Born in Tennessee to a pharmacist father and a nurse mother, Bertolami has been dating DeChambeau since the last Ryder Cup in 2018.
It seems she initially wanted to follow in her parents' footsteps and head into the medical profession, having studied for a kinesiology and nutrition degree in California.
But now the Instagram model has a 'large cup' swimwear collection with La Isla, and has reportedly built up a six-figure net worth of her own through her fashion work and modelling.
Bertolami is no stranger to dating high-profile sportsmen, as she has previously been in relationships with baseball stars Danny Muno and Mike Napoli.
Jena Sims – Brooks Koepka
An actress and former beauty pageant contestant, Sims is regularly spotted following her fiancée Koepka on the PGA Tour.
She was crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA in 2007 and went on to represent the state at the national pageant, but failed to place.
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Sims has since turned her focus to acting, starring in low-budget comedy horror flick Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader in 2012 and later appearing in Sharknado 5.
The pair got engaged in March this year, after Koepka popped the question on a Florida beach.
Sims announced the news on her Instagram page on April Fool's Day, quipping: "Forever is no joke."
Paulina Gretzky – Dustin Johnson
World number two Johnson has a fiancée with a famous surname – Paulina is the daughter of ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky, who still holds the NHL records for most goals and points scored as well as most assists produced.
Born in Los Angeles, while her dad was playing for the LA Kings, Paulina is a model and pop star.
She has been engaged to Johnson for eight years, though the pair are finally set to tie the knot after she was spotted wedding dress shopping with Vera Wang earlier this year and a friend shared a snap of a wedding invite on Instagram.
Johnson may not be able to count on his wife-to-be's in-person support at Whistling Straits, though, as she shared news last week that she had picked up a leg injury.
Gretzky shared a photo of her lower left leg in a black cast with the caption: "Just my luck before the Ryder Cup."
Tori Slater – Daniel Berger
Ryder Cup rookie Berger bagged himself a golf-loving beauty in the form of Victoria Slater.
The 26-year-old has amassed a large Instagram following, where she often shares sultry snaps on the beach close to where she lives in Florida.
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Away from her sporting pursuits, Slater is a marketing graduate who now works as a real estate agent in the Alligator State.
She has regularly been spotted supporting Berger on tour and has even caddied for him on a couple of occasions, including at the Masters Par-3 Tournament in 2016.
Katherine Zhu – Collin Morikawa
Another keen golf enthusiast who has caddied for her partner, Zhu is an impressive golfer in her own right.
She moved from China to study at Pepperdine University, where she played for four years as a division one player.
Zhu earned a number of WGCA All-American titles, but did not pursue a full-time career in the sport like boyfriend Morikawa.
Instead, the Vancouver-born beauty spends her time supporting Morikawa on the course, and will likely continue to do so as he makes his Ryder Cup debut.
Nikki Guidish – Patrick Cantlay
A former bodybuilder and model in her younger days, Guidish holds a doctorate earned from her studies at the University of Central Florida.
She is now a practicing pharmacist and has been working at Palm Beach Pharmaceuticals for the past year.
Guidish and Cantlay do not share much detail about their romance, but she has been spotted on several occasions cheering on her boyfriend at competitions.
And they have become a bit more open about their relationship, having shared several snaps of them together on social media.
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