Golf is perhaps best loved for its status as a game of man versus self. So when the United States’ and Europe’s best gear up to defend their continental bragging rights, it puts the golfers in an unusual position, that of team player.
Facts and Links
War-Torn Matches - With the outbreak of World War II, The Ryder Cup was suspended from 1939-45, and the U.S. retained the trophy from its 1937 victory
Europeans Join the Fight for the Cup - The introduction of players from continental Europe into The Ryder Cup fold in 1979 marked a new chapter in the history of the biennial competition and after years of U.S. domination the tide started to turn
U.S. Drought Ends with Inspiring Win - the United States took its lumps in the biennial matches from 1995-2006 All of that changed when the Americans hosted the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., and former PGA Champion and Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup Format Changes - The Ryder Cup was interrupted for the second time in history following the September 11, 2001, attack upon America. Some eight days following the tragedy, The 2001 Ryder Cup was rescheduled to the following year in 2002, with al
Ryder Cup Format Changes - The format was changed in 1961, to provide four 18-hole foursomes matches the morning of the first day, four more foursomes that afternoon, eight 18-hole singles the morning of the second day and eight more singles that afternoo
Ryder Cup Format Changes - In 1963, fourball (better-ball) matches were added for the first time, boosting the total number of points available to 32.
Ryder Cup Format Changes - The format was altered again in 1977, this time with five foursomes on opening day, five four-ball matches on the second day, and 10 singles matches on the final day. This reduced the total points to 20.