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Everything you need to know about The Ryder Cup

Golf is an outdoor sport, enjoyed by millions around the world is played out on  large open-air courses. Many believe golf originated on the East coast of Scotland in St Andrews and Muirfield.  It is the sport often known as the “Gentleman’s Game” because of the rules, etiquette and integrity with which it is played from the beginning many hundreds of years ago to this day.  All players following a recognised system of play and desire to be the best they can.  


What is The Ryder Cup

Golf is an old sport and is played by people around the world. Because of its popularity, gradually the number of golf tournaments held started to increase. Most golfers participate in about 20 to 30 golf tournaments in a season. One of those golf tournaments is the Ryder Cup which is about to commence (the delayed 2020 edition to be played in 2021). However, the Ryder Cup is not annual, rather it is a biennial men’s golf competition. This means that this competition is held every 2 years. 

Ryder Cup 2021

The  origins of The Ryder Cup

An English businessman named Samuel Ryder donated the trophy for the competition, hence it is named after him. Historians believe that the first ever un-official Ryder Cup-style matches were played in 1921, at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. The first ever official Ryder Cup was held at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1927. It was won by the Americans, along with the next four, consecutively. However, the Ryder Cup was discontinued during the World War and reconvened after the war ended. Originally, the Ryder Cup was played between the United Kingdom and the United States, however, repeated defeat led the United Kingdom to include Continental Europe in 1979. The Ryder Cup is now played between teams of Europe and the United States of America.The venue of the competition alternates between the courses in Europe and the United States each year. Since 1979, Europe has won the Ryder Cup 11 times, whereas the United States has won it 8 times. 


The Ryder Cup is considered to be extremely prestigious and one of a kind. The atmosphere of the Ryder Cup is unmatchable. People believe that someone who thinks golf is a boring sport must never have seen the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup consists of 28 matches over a period of 3 days. It consists of teams as well as solo players. The energy of the spectators during the Ryder Cup is insurmountable. It pits 12 of the best golfers from the United States against 12 of the best from Europe. It evokes people's emotions and sense of patriotism in a positive way. Laymen consider golf to lack character or personality as it is dominantly a solo sport. However, in the Ryder Cup golfers play in teams, for their country. Even the fans feel the intensity of the competition and display it through chants and cheers. Since this competition is between the best of the best, the level of play and talent is also astonishing. 


The 38th Ryder Cup was one of the very historic Ryder Cups held previously. The 2010 Ryder Cup was held in Celtic Manor Resort, in Newport, Wales. It was held from October 1st, 2010 to October 4th, 2010. Even though Britain had hosted the cup 17 times before, this was the first time it was being held in Wales and that too, on a newly constructed “Twenty Ten” course, which was specifically designed for this competition. The tournament was twice suspended due to bad weather conditions. Although in the end, the European team defeated the American team by a difference of 1 point only.

American team Ryder Cup 2021


How The Ryder Cup is played

TheRyder Cup match style is very different from traditional golf. Generally in golf, the solo golfer has to hit the ball with a club into a series of holes consecutively, typically 18 holes in total. The challenge is to get the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible. However, there are three match play formats during the tournament - foursome, fourball and single. The Ryder Cup is basically a team golf competition where the teams represent their countries. One team can win the game, claiming the trophy. The game can also end in a draw, but in the case of a draw, the trophy goes to the previous Ryder Cup holders.


There are 28 matches during the Ryder Cup, but the number of matches is subject to change depending on external factors, like weather, etc. Each match carries 1 point. The point can be won by either of the teams or it can also be shared (in half) if the match ends in a draw. 


Fourball: In the four-ball format, there are a total of four golfers - 2 from Europe and 2 from the US. All 4 golfers have separate balls and play the hole individually. The golfer with the best score wins the point for his team. If both teams end up with the same score, they halve the point.

Foursome: There are 4 golfers in the foursome match format as well - 2 from Europe and 2 from the US. However, in this format, there is only 1 ball between both players of a team. One of the team members is picked to play the tee shot. The first golfer hits the golf ball and then his partner takes the next shot and these alternating turns continue until the ball is holed. The team with the best score wins the point for that hole, however, the point is halved if both teams score is the same.

Singles: This is a one-on-one match format. All 24 golfers take part in this format. There are a total of 12 matches. Each player can win a point for their team if they win the most holes out of 18. 


When and where is The Ryder Cup

At the end of 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shook the world. The global pandemic took the whole world by storm because of which a total lockdown was imposed worldwide. This resulted in many events and tournaments being postponed. The Ryder Cup suffered a similar fate. Originally the matches for the 43rd Ryder Cup were scheduled to be held in the United Statesfrom September 25 to 27, 2020, but due to the conditions at the time it was postponed. Now, with the world getting back on its feet, it has been decided to resume the Ryder Cup. It is now scheduled to be held in the United States from September 24 to 26, 2021, on the Straits course atWhistling Straits,Haven, Wisconsin. Team Europe will be defending their title as they are the current cup holders.

 

Thecompetition format will be as follows:

Day 1 (Friday)

September 24, 2021

4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches

Day 2 (Saturday)

September 25, 2021

4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches

Day 3 (Sunday) 

September 26, 2021

12 singles matches


Who will play The Ryder Cup

Each team has a total of 12 members.


6 of the members fromteam USA automatically qualified, based on their performances in the previous years - 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons - including major competitions and tour events. The remaining 6 members were chosen by the team captain, Steve Stricker. 


ForTeam Europe, 6 team members automatically qualified, based on their performances in the previous years’ tours and competitions. The remaining 3 were chosen by the European team captain, Padraig Harrington.



Team USA

Team Europe

USA Ryder Cup team will be headed by Captain, Steve Stricker. The USA Ryder Cup standings are based on a list derived from thepoint system. Six players qualified from this, their names are as follows:


  • Collin Morikawa
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Justin Thomas
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Patrick Cantlay

Captain Stever Stricker announced his 6 wild card picks, which are as follows:


  • Daniel Berger
  • Harris English
  • Tony Finau
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Jordan Spieth

The European Ryder Cup team will be headed by Captain, Padraig Harrington. The European Ryder Cup standing is based on 2 lists - the European points list and the world points list. 

There are 4 qualifiers from the European points list, which are as follows:


  • Jon Rahm
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Tyrrel Hatton
  • Bernd Wiesberger

5 qualifiers were from the world points list:


  • Rory Mcllroy
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Paul Casey
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Lee Westwood

Padraig Harrington was left with a choice, so the captain’s picks are as follows:


  • Sergio Garcia
  • Shane Lowry
  • Ian Poulter

Team Europe are the current Ryder Cup holders. They have been the dominant force for the last decade, winning 4 out of 5 previous Ryder Cups. The aim of both teams will be to score maximum points, however, if the competition ends in a draw the Ryder Cup will automatically go to Team Europe. 


The 44th Ryder Cup will be held in 2023 instead of 2022, due to the pandemic. All the following Ryder Cups will be held on odd years. As this year's Ryder Cup is being held in America, the next one will be held on a course in Europe. 

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