Masters are out from their comfort zones for a journey which is intimidating and full of coarse patches. With just one drive to get the shot perfect; Victory, tipping on every players’ heart and mind. Unlike, golf’s other tournament, Ryder Cup demands more endurance and is much more stimulating. No other golfing tournament can match the passion and coercion that Ryder Cup offers to the players and it has been rocking the world of golf for 100 years.
Ryder Cup is a biennial men’s golf competition which is played between teams from Europe and the United States at the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe. The history of this competition, is extremely tantalising, which actually started with informal matches fought in 1921 in Scotland on the Gleneagles course where the British pros beat the Americans with a score of 9 to 3, and then again in 1926 in Saint Andrews, where the Brits beat the Americans by an even greater margin: 13.5 to 1.5. In 1979, the Ryder Cup became a clash of Europe v The United States; Severiano Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido were the first players from continental Europe to participate. A new era began!
The 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup is all set to tee-off at the heart of continental Europe, France from 28th to 30th September 2018. The Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt, a suburb southwest of Paris is ready to put biggies on a rousing golf test. After the 1997 contest, which was held in Spain, it will be the second Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe. The United States is the defending champion but has lost the last five matches in Europe, having last won there in 1993.
The 2018 Ryder Cup has 17 of the world’s top 20 golfers in the field. Both the teams the United States and Europe are set to sail the ship with the best golfers in the sport. With World No.1 and other golfers residing among the top 25 in the Official World Golf Rankings, we can expect some colossal fireworks from the USA squad. While on the other hand the Europeans also have some most crowd favourites.
Team U.S.A.: Bryson Dechambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, and Tiger Woods
Team Europe: Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjørn Olesen, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Norén, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, and Henrik Stenson
How the cup works:
The quirkiest Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. Matchplay is a scoring system for golf in which a player, or team, earns a point for each hole in which they have bested their opponents; as opposed to stroke play, in which the total number of strokes is counted over one or more rounds of 18 holes. In matchplay, the winner is the player, or team, with the most points at the end of the play.
Day 1 (Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 four-ball (better ball) matches
Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 foursome matches and 4 four-ball matches
Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches
On the first two days, there will be 4 four-ball matches in the morning and 4 foursome matches in the afternoon. With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending champion, the United States, to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.
With all the grit and an utter madness which the game demands, the golfers will tee-off once more, and will try to get their team up on the leaderboard. Glittering and cheering crowds around them will certainly boost their morale and their will to shot more, get ready for all the masterstrokes live on DSport!