Here's what the Ryder Cup is, how the teams are picked, how it is scored, the format of the matches, and how to win golf's prestigious biennial event.
HOW THE RYDER CUP TEAMS ARE MADE: The United States roster is based on points compiled by the PGA of America. The top eight in the points standings at the conclusion of The Barclays on Aug. 28 made the team. U.S. Captain Davis Love III named three of his four Captain's Picks on Sept. 12, and will make his final selection Sept. 25. The leading five players on the European Tour's World Points List as of Aug. 22 made the European roster, and the leading four players on the European Points List as of Aug. 28 joined them. Captain Darren Clarke made his three Captain's Picks on Aug. 30.
THE FORMAT OF RYDER CUP MATCHES: The first two days of competition feature four-ball and foursomes matches. The order is determined by the home captain.
- In four-balls, each member of a two-man team plays his own ball, so four balls are in play on every hole. Each team counts the lowest of its two scores on each hole, and the team whose player has the lowest score wins the hole. If the low scores are tied, the hole is halved.
- In foursomes, each two-man team plays one ball per hole with the players taking turns until each hole is complete. Players alternate hitting tee shots, with one leading off on odd-numbered holes, and the other hitting first on even-numbered holes. The team with the low score on each hole wins that hole. If their scores are tied, the hole is halved.
- In singles, each match features one player from each team. The player with the lower score on each hole wins that hole. If their scores are tied, the hole is halved.
- Unlike stroke play, players don't have to complete each hole in match play. If a player concedes a stroke – almost always a putt – to his opponent, the opponent picks up his ball, takes the score he would have made on the next stroke and moves on to the next hole.
HOW THE RYDER CUP IS SCORED: Each match is worth one point, with matches ending in a draw worth 1/2 point to each side. The first team to reach 14 ½ points wins the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a 14-14 draw, the team holding the Ryder Cup retains it. The European team is the defending champion headed into the 2016 Ryder Cup.
The three days of the matches consist of 28 total matches, each of which is worth one point. There are no extra holes in Ryder Cup matches. Should the two sides be tied after 18 holes, each side earns a halve (1/2 point). Here the official scores from the 2016 Ryder Cup.
HOW TO WIN THE RYDER CUP: To win the Ryder Cup outright, a team must collect 14 1/2 of the 28 points available. In the case of a 14-14 draw, the winning team from the previous Ryder Cup retains the trophy. Europe, the 2014 champion, would retain the trophy in the event of a tie at Hazeltine.
RYDER CUP HISTORY: The American team leads in victories, 25-13. You can see a year-by-year listing of Ryder Cup winners here.
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