The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf tournament played between teams from Europe and The United States. The competition has a unique format in world sports and the winning team are not awarded a prize of any kind. The event is jointly administered by the PGA Tours of America and Europe and is contested in match play format.
The first Ryder Cup was played at Worcester County Club, Massachusetts in 1927. It was the brainchild of Samuel Ryder, a wealthy seed merchant who thought up the idea in 1921 after watching the highly successful 1920 Walker Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland.
The original idea was that it would be an annual match between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States with one team travelling across the Atlantic each year. However, it was soon agreed that it was too much to expect professionals to make this commitment every single year and so the competition became biennial with one team travelling every other year.
The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf tournament played between teams from Europe and The United States. The match is named after Samuel Ryder, a businessman who donated the trophy in 1927.
The event is held every two years, usually alternating between a US course and a European course. The current format is three days with foursomes and fourball matches on both Saturday and Sunday with twelve singles matches on the final day. As of 2016 the match is tied at 23-23, with each team winning 8 matches outright.
The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf tournament played between teams from Europe and The United States. It was established by Samuel Ryder, an English entrepreneur, in 1927. The first contest took place at Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts, on August 27th and 28th 1927. The Americans won 9½ to 2½. The competition was suspended during World War II (1939-45) but was resumed in 1947 at Portland Golf Club, Oregon. The USA won 7 to 5.
The Americans dominated the tournament until 1979, when the British team won for the first time since 1957. In that year the European team was expanded to include players from continental Europe as well as Great Britain and Ireland. Since then there have been five further wins for Europe, one for the USA (1999) and one tie (1989).
The matches are played over 3 days. Day 1 consists of 8 foursomes matches (alternate shot); day 2 comprises 8 fourball matches (best ball); day 3 has 12 singles matches (each player plays against every other player). A point is awarded for each match won and ½ point for a tie; 14½ points are needed to win the cup outright. If the scores are level after three days then the trophy is retained by the holders.
The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf tournament pitting 12-member teams from the United States against Europe. Teams from the rest of the world have also been represented, but not since 2009.
The matches date to 1927, when American businessmen Samuel Ryder and Edward Gold organized a series of competitions between British and U.S. golfers.
The first official Ryder Cup began at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts in 1927. The Americans won easily, 9½ points to 2½, with one match halved.
Regarded as unimportant by many, the matches did not attract much attention until 1947, when it was announced that the winners would be awarded a gold cup donated by Ryder’s widow. The following year the PGA of America took over organizing the U.S. team and making it a professional competition (the British side had been professional since 1933). From then on, the tournament steadily grew in popularity and prestige.
The format of play has changed over time. Originally there were 36 holes of four-ball competition on the first day, followed by 36 holes of singles matches on the second day for a total of 144 holes played over two days. In 1959, a second day of foursomes (alternate shot) was introduced and singles matches were reduced
From the time it was first played in 1927, it has been a white-hot rivalry. They are two great nations of golf and there is no doubt that the Ryder Cup is one of the most hotly contested matches in sport.
The United States team has won the Ryder Cup 25 times, Europe has won 11 times, and there have been two ties. But in recent years, the Europeans have had a serious edge. Since 1979, they have won eight times compared to just four for America. The Americans did not manage to win a single match during two of those European wins.
The Europeans were led by Colin Montgomerie in 2010. He’s one of the best players from Scotland and he played on eight winning teams (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010). This year, he will be replaced by Jose Maria Olazabal from Spain who has been on seven winning teams (1987, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2004 and 2006).
Montgomerie is famous for his bad temper and his clashing with Tiger Woods. In the 2006 tournament at The K Club in Ireland, he was seen shouting at Woods after holing a putt that sent him into a tie with Woods! Some fans have called
The final day of the Ryder Cup is upon us and one thing is guaranteed: there will be drama. The drama won’t come in the form of a comeback, as the Americans are way too far behind to make anything like a serious charge at the Europeans.
The drama will come from who can win their matches, who can make it to the end of this long matchplay season with their best stuff intact.
For Tiger Woods, that answer appears to be “no.” In his singles match against Martin Kaymer, he looked haggard and ineffective. His swing was slow and labored, and his body language was bad. His two captain’s picks have been very poor; as of this writing, he has been on the losing end in four out of his five matches this week.
The Ryder Cup was the brainchild of Samuel Ryder, a wealthy English seed merchant and golf enthusiast who lived from 1858 to 1936. Ryder had donated the gold medal that went to the winner of the British PGA Match Play Championship and conceived of the idea of a match between American and British professionals.
The first official U.S./Great Britain team competition took place in 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Mass., with the home team emerging victorious 9½-2½. But it was not until 1929 when Samuel Ryder presented his gold trophy that an official name was given to what is now known as “The Greatest Show on Turf.”
The United States dominated competition during its early years, but by 1979, Europe had begun to emerge as a worthy adversary. Aided immensely by Seve Ballesteros’ emergence as a world-class talent, Team Europe won the 1979 matches at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., by a score of 16-8, ending 24 years of American dominance.