By News Team
Last Updated: 18th August 2021
The Ryder Cup returns in September with Europe bidding to retain the title they won in 2018 when comfortably defeating the United States team at Le Golf National, France.
What is the Ryder Cup?
The Ryder Cup was first played in 1927, when a United States team defeated Great Britain over two days’ play. Since 1979 the competition has been played every two years between teams of golfers from Europe and the United States. Each Ryder Cup is held at a different venue, alternating between Europe and the United States.
Teams of 12 players are chosen by ranking, with each team captain picking several players to make up their squad. For example, Jon Rahm who has scored the most points on the European Tour is automatically selected, while non-playing European Captain Pádraig Harrington, will choose three wildcard players to make up his team of 12.
The action takes place over three days. On the first two days, players compete in four-ball; two players from each team, each playing a ball and taking the best score, and foursome competitions; two players from each team playing one ball with alternating strokes. On the final day, 12 singles matches are played to determine the winner.
Any player can be picked to play in a maximum of five matches over the three days. Each winning four-ball or foursome partnership and each individual win after 18 holes scores a point for their team. A tied match earns each team half a point.
Where and when is the Ryder Cup being played this year?
The 43rd Ryder Cup will be held on the blustery shores of Lake Michigan at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, USA.
The course has played host to the US PGA Championship on three occasions and with its shoreline situation, it has similarities to links courses in Britain and Ireland which should be a help to the visitors.
The play starts on Friday 24th September and concludes on Sunday 26th September.
Who are the previous Ryder Cup winners?
The US lost only three times from 1927 to 1983, but since the formation of the Europe team they have found things tougher. Since 1999 Europe have dominated, winning seven times to the US’ three.
Europe won in 2018 by 17½ points to the United States’ 10½, wresting the prize back after the US had triumphed in 2016. Italian Francesco Molinari was the top points scorer, winning a maximum five points for team Europe.
What are the odds for the 2021 Ryder Cup?
Elsewhere in the Ryder Cup odds, a correct score market is also available, with Europe to win by the same 17½-10½ margin as in 2018 at odds of 33/1.
Current Ryder Cup teams (subject to change)
Europe: Captain – Pádraig Harrington
Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry, plus three wildcards.
United States: Captain – Steve Stricker
Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, plus six wildcards.