The 2018 Ryder Cup Review

The 2018 Ryder Cup Review

Brief History

The Ryder Cup is a men’s golf tournament between teams from The United States and Europe. The competition takes place every two years and alternates between venues in both regions and was named after one Samuel Ryder, an English businessman who donated the trophy. The competition is run by both PGA from the US and Ryder Cup Europe, with the latter formed by merging three different European PGA bodies.

The first tournament took place in Worcester, Massachusetts, the US in the year 1927. The hosts bagged the silverware on the occasion and the five consecutive tournaments too. During this period, the competition was strictly between Great Britain and the US. The latter dominated till resumption of the tournament after World War II when participation was expanded to Ireland in 1979.

Tournament Format

The format used in the competition is match play, where players selected from two teams of twelve participate in various match play competitions. 28 matches take place over 18 holes from Friday to Sunday. Four fourballs and four foursome matches are played on Fridays and Saturdays, with the sessions spread through mornings and afternoons.

During the two days, it’s not compulsory for all team members to play, the captain can choose eight members for each session. 12 singles matches are played on Sundays, where each member of the team plays. Each win scores a point to the winner’s team, with a half of a point for a tie after 18 holes. The winners are determined by the cumulative points, and in case of a tie that can only happen at 14–14, the trophy remains with the holders.

Ryder Cup 2018 Preview

The 42nd epic duel is scheduled to take place from 27th to 30th September 2018, at the Albatros course in Paris. This will be the second time the tournament takes place in mainland Europe and the first time in France.

A Look into Both Teams

Team USA

Captain Jim Furyk is tasked with leading his men to claim his country’s first away victory in the competition since 1963. Save for Phil Mickelson, no one has taken part in the Ryder Cup more times than the current captain who has an astounding nine appearances. The captain has announced his three deputies, Steve Stricker, Davis Love III and notably Tiger Woods. There are chances that he will name another vice-captain in the near future. With Tiger Woods’ recent performances, chances are that he will operate on double capacities on the week. This could be the reason the Americans sought to add a vice-captain, or two, to accommodate Woods amongst the 12.

As far as the selection is concerned, the qualifications for the team started way back in August 2017, and ended with the PGA Championship. The top 8 players on the list will be a lock to travel to Paris. The captain will then select four extra players to make them 12 as required. The 8 players who are already confirmed to take place are as listed below.

 Rickie Fowler

 Dustin Johnson

 Brooks Koepka

 Patrick Reed

 Webb Simpson

 Jordan Spieth

 Justin Thomas

 Bubba Watson

One notable miss is Bryson De’chambreau, who boosted his wildcard chances with a splendid win and is expected to be called up after catching the attention of the captain with some fine performances that drew predictions of him making a future captain.

Team Europe

The Europeans will be captained by 47-year-old Dane Thomas Bjorn, who boasts of 15 wins on the European tour. The captain will have a hard time with team selection, having to choose between very talented upcoming players and seasoned players. The European selection criteria are as follows:

 Top 4 in the European qualification list are included

 Top 4 in the World points are included (exclusive of the ones named)

 4 captain’s pick

So far the captain has named five vice-captains:

 Luke Donald

 Lee Westwood

 Robert Karlsson

 Graeme McDowell

 Padraig Harrington

Bookies have already started to place odds as the two teams are shaping up. Some of the earliest odds are as listed below, suggesting a better chance to the USA. This could be a good starting point for gamblers to make their analysis and decide on where to stake at.

 USA – 10/11

 Europe – 13/10

 Tie – 12/1

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