Ryder Cup Logo Ryder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland

Rules and Terminology

MATCH PLAY

A game played by holes and not by cumulative score.

HOW IS A HOLE WON?

A hole is won by the player or side with the lowest score on that particular hole. For example, if Team A makes a 3 on hole 1 and Team B makes a 5 on hole 1, Team A wins the hole and would be 1-up for the match.

HOW IS SCORE KEPT FOR MATCH PLAY?

Score is kept by the number of holes "up" (won) and the number of holes to play. For example, if Team A wins the first hole, they would be 1-up with 17 holes to play.

WHAT DO YOU CALL IT WHEN A MATCH IS TIED?

If a match is tied in competition, then it is considered "all square". For example, if Team A makes a 3 on hole 1 and Team B makes a 3 on hole 1, then the match would be all square with 17 holes to play.

HOLED OUT

This term is used when a player or team completes a hole - the ball is in the hole and, as a result, it is "holed out".

DORMIE

A side is considered "dormie" when it is up by the exact number of holes that remain. For example, if Team A were 2-up with 2 holes to play, Team A would be dormie.

WHEN DOES ONE TEAM WIN THE MATCH?

A team will win the match they are playing when one of them is up by more holes than there are holes remaining. For example, if Team A is 2-up with 1 hole to play, the match is closed out and one point is awarded to the winning side, Team A.

HOW MANY POINTS CAN YOU WIN DURING EACH MATCH?

Only one point is awarded for each match won.

WHAT ARE CONCESSIONS?

A stroke, hole or an entire match can be conceded at any time prior to the conclusion of the hole or match. Concession of a stroke, hole or match may not be declined or withdrawn.

One side may choose to concede a stroke to the opposing side if there is no doubt that they'll hole out the shot.

For instance, if Team A putts and the ball ends 6 inches from the hole and Team B hits their ball out-of-bounds, Team B may choose to concede the hole to Team A. As a result, Team A wins the hole.

CAN A MATCH END IN A TIE?

If a match is tied through 18 holes of play (this is called "halved"), each Team receives one half point. There are no extra holes in Ryder Cup play.

HOW MANY POINTS DOES ONE TEAM NEED TO WIN THE RYDER CUP?

There are a total of 28 matches. One point is awarded for each match won. The Team with the most points at the conclusion of play on day three wins The Ryder Cup.

CAN THE RYDER CUP END IN A TIE?

If, at the conclusion of The Ryder Cup, the Teams are tied at 14 points each, the Team who last won The Ryder Cup, in this year's case Europe, retains The Ryder Cup. To win The Ryder Cup, the United States will need 14½or more points.

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