The Ryder Cup tournament is a biennial golf event pitting the United States against Europe. The competition was first established in 1927, but the modern iteration of the Ryder Cup began in 1979. We’ve put together this guide to provide an overview of how the Ryder Cup works.
The Ryder Cup is played over three days, with 28 matches being contested each day. Each match is worth one point for a total of 28 points on offer each day. Before 2016, the winner was the first team to reach 14.5 points. But since 2016, the tournament has been played under match play rules with no half point awarded for any matches that end tied after 18 holes. Whichever team reaches 14 points first wins the cup outright. If teams are tied at 14 after all 28 matches have been played, they retain their respective title from two years earlier and no trophy is awarded at the end of play on Sunday.
On Friday and Saturday, four fourball (best ball) matches are played in the morning and four foursome (alternate shot) matches are played in the afternoon. On Sunday singles matches are played between all 12 players from each side with a point up for grabs in each match.
Players must be members of either the European or U
Although many Americans have heard of the Ryder Cup, few understand the rules and traditions behind the biennial tournament. Let’s go over the basics to get you primed for this year’s competition.
The Ryder Cup is a team competition between the best golfers from Europe and the United States. The teams compete every two years, alternating between courses in the U.S. and Europe. This year, it’s being held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., USA!
Europe has won eight of the last ten Cups, which means that this year will be an especially important competition for the U.S. team as they try to regain their former glory.
This year’s tournament is September 30 – October 2, with four matches each day on Friday and Saturday (two morning foursomes and two afternoon four-balls), and 12 singles matches on Sunday!
Foursomes: Each team has two golfers, who play alternate shots during each hole.
Four-balls: Each team has two golfers, who each play their own ball throughout each hole. The lower score of each golfer counts as the team score for that hole; there are no “gimmes” or other concessions.
Singles Matches: This
The Ryder Cup is an international competition that is held every two years between teams from the United States and Europe. This year, the competition will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.
In the Ryder Cup, each match is worth one point. There are 28 points up for grabs over three days with eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches, eight fourball (better ball) matches and 12 singles matches. The team that wins 14½ or more points wins the cup. Otherwise, the defending champion retains it.
If the U.S. beats Europe in 2016, it will retain the cup for another two years until 2018 in France, when a European win would bring the trophy back to Europe. If Europe wins this year, the first time it would have to defend its trophy would be 2018 at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France — a mere nine miles south of Paris and only a 20-minute drive from Versailles Palace.
At the end of September, golf’s most exciting event will begin: the Ryder Cup. It’s unlike any other tournament in golf. Here’s what you need to know about it.
The Ryder Cup is a biennial competition between teams from the United States and Europe, in which 24 players compete to earn points for their team. Every two years, the competition takes place: one year at a course in America, and one year at a course in Europe. This year’s event will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
Each team consists of 12 players, who are chosen by their performance on a points list over the past two years on either the PGA Tour or European Tour circuits. Players can also be selected by the captain of their respective teams if they think they deserve a spot on the team but didn’t make it through qualifying. The current U.S. team is led by Davis Love III and includes Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth. The European team is captained by Darren Clarke and features Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, and Henrik Stenson.
The format of this year’s tournament will
The Ryder Cup is a golf tournament that is held every two years. It’s an international competition between the United States and Europe (previously Great Britain).
There are two different ways to qualify for the U.S. team:
– The first four players are determined by points earned in PGA Tour events, beginning with last year’s major championships through the BMW Championship.
– The next four players are based on points earned in the FedEx Cup Playoffs – The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and Tour Championship.
– Captain Davis Love III picks the final four players.
The European team has a similar system:
– The first four players are determined by points earned in European Tour events, beginning with last year’s major championships through the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
– Captain Jose Maria Olazabal selects the final four players.
All 24 golfers will play a match against one another on Friday and Saturday, which are called sessions 1 and 2 respectfully. There will be eight matches each day, which will be played in alternate shot format (where one player hits tee shots on odd numbered holes and the other player hits tee shots on even numbered holes) followed by best ball format (where both players hit tee shots on every hole and
The Ryder Cup is a little different than any other competition in golf. It is the only event where you will see players cheering for one another, hugging one another and congratulating each other in person instead of shaking hands afterwards.
The format of the Ryder Cup is unlike any other competition in golf. The European side plays the U.S. team in a series of matches over three days – four-ball matches on Friday and Saturday, and singles matches on Sunday. A total of 28 points are up for grabs: one point for a halved match, two points for a win.
In four-ball match play, two players (one from Europe, one from the U.S.) play as partners against two other players (again, one from Europe, one from the U.S.). Each player plays his own ball throughout the round, but only the better score of the two partners counts as their score for that hole. In four-ball match play, there are no restrictions on which player’s ball you can hit. That makes it different than alternate shot or Foursomes match play, which we’ll get to later.
You might be wondering what happens if both partners – say, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth – make birdie on a hole.
The Ryder Cup is a biennial men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the USA and Europe. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy.