As the PGA Tour season reaches its end, there’s still one more order of business before the 2018-’19 campaign gets underway: the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in France. This year’s event has as much hype as ever following the American team’s dominant victory in 2016 at Hazeltine National in Minnesota. Europe looks to seek revenge as the underdog this year on home soil, where it hasn’t lost in more than two decades. Here are all the answers to some frequently asked questions about the 2018 Ryder Cup.
What is the Ryder Cup?
The Ryder Cup is a biennial competition between two 12-man teams, one made up of American players and the other made up of European players. Each team has a captain who gets four captain’s picks and creates the pairings for the competition.
What is the format of the Ryder Cup?
Over three days the teams play in a variety of different match-play formats with each match being worth one point. There are 28 total points up for grabs, and the first team to reach 14.5 points wins the Ryder Cup.
On the first day of the Ryder Cup, each team sends out four two-man pairings in the morning and afternoon to face off against each other. In the morning, the teams play foursomes, with teammates playing alternate shot until they hole out. One team member tees off on the odd-numbered holes and the other on even-numbered holes. In the afternoon, the teams play four-ball, with each player playing his own ball and the team counting the best score on each hole. The team that wins each match receives one point, and in the event a match is tied after 18 holes, each team receives a half a point. There are eight total points up for grabs on Day 1 (Friday), and the format repeats on Day 2 (Saturday).
On the final day, Day 3 (Sunday), all 12 players from each team play each other in singles matches.
When is the 2018 Ryder Cup and where is it being played?
The 2018 Ryder Cup will be played at the Albatros Course at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France, just southwest of Paris, on Sept. 28-30.
Which team won the 2016 Ryder Cup?
The American team won the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, beating Europe 17-11. It was the United States’ first win in the event since 2008 at Valhalla
Who are the 2018 Ryder Cup captains?
The 2018 American team captain is Jim Furyk. The European team captain is Thomas Bjorn. It’s the first time as captain for both players. Between them, Furyk and Bjorn have 12 years of Ryder Cup experience, nine of those from Furyk.
Who are the players on the 2018 Ryder Cup teams?
The 2018 American team is as follows:
Automatic qualifiers, in order of qualifying: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson
Captain’s picks: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau
The 2018 European Team is as follows:
Automatic qualifiers, in order of qualifying: Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen
Captain’s picks: Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia
Who are the vice captains for each team in the 2018 Ryder Cup?
The American vice captains are Davis Love III, David Duval, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar. The European vice captains are Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Robert Karlsson, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood.
Which team has won the most Ryder Cups?
Of the 41 total matches in Ryder Cup history, the United States holds a 25-12-2 advantage. But since 1979, when players from continental Europe were included, Europe has had the edge, winning 11 out of 19 years, and eight of the last 11.
What is the largest margin of victory in Ryder Cup history?
The largest margin of victory came in 1967, when the U.S. defeated Great Britain by 15 points (23.5-8.5), but that was before all of Europe was included and it was still a 32-point competition. Since 1979, both teams can boast a share of the biggest margin victory of nine points, but Europe has done it twice and they did it in back-to-back events in 2004 and 2006.
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