What is the Ryder Cup?

24 of the best players from Europe and the United States go head-to-head in match play competition.

More about the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup pits a USA team against a team of European golfers and is played every two years on alternating continents. It's named after the English businessman, Samuel Ryder, who donated the trophy in 1927.

The selection process for the teams differs slightly:

  • For the upcoming event the US Team will include the top six players in the points rankings along with six captain's picks. 
  • The European Team will comprise the first four players from the European Points List,  the next  five players from the World Points List and three wild cards.

Ryder Cup Format: Each of the first two days include fourball and foursomes matches: 4 each morning and 4 each afternoon. The final day is reserved for 12 singles matches.

Ryder Cup Scoring: Each match is worth one point. Drawn matches earn ½ point for each side. The first team to reach 14 ½ points wins the Ryder Cup. If the end result is 14 points all, the team holding the Ryder Cup retains it.

Source: https://www.rydercup.com/what-is-the-rydercup