Fan guide to the Ryder Cup in 2021
When is the Ryder Cup being played in 2021?
The 43rd Ryder Cup, which was scheduled to be played in September 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19. The matches will be played September 21 – 26, 2021.
Where is the Ryder Cup in 2021?
The 43rd Ryder Cup will be held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. It will be the first time that the course hosts the Ryder Cup. Whistling Straits hosted the PGA Championship on three occasions, in 2004, 2010 and 2015 and the U.S. Senior Open in 2007.
How to watch the Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup will air on GOLF and NBC, with featured group live streaming coverage available on RyderCup.com.
The Ryder Cup pits the top 12 players from the United States against the top 12 players from Europe in a three-day competition. During each of the first two days, a four-ball session as well as a foursome session are played. On the final day of the match, 12 singles matches are played.
A victory in each match is worth a single point. Any matches that end in a tie or draw is worth ½ point for each side. The team that is first to win 14 ½ points over the course of the three days wins the Ryder Cup. In the event the Ryder Cup should end in a tie, the team who has previously won the match retains the Ryder Cup trophy. The Europeans were the last to win the Ryder Cup in 2018 at Le Golf National.
Who are the Captains?
A new Captain is selected ahead of the bi-annual match to lead both the U.S. side as well as the Europe side. For the Ryder Cup being played in 2021, Steve Stricker has been selected to lead the U.S. Team and Padraig Harrington is leading Team Europe.
How do players qualify for the U.S. Team and Team Europe?
Due to COVID-19, qualifying for the Ryder Cup was modified in 2020 and has been extended into 2021 for both the U.S. and European teams.
The U.S. squad is made up of 12 players. The team is composed based on the Ryder Cup point standings and players have accumulated points since the qualifying period began in 2019. The top six players in the point standings automatically qualify for the team. The remaining six positions will be selected by Captain Steve Stricker, which is a change from prior events, due to COVID-19. The team will be finalized in September 2021 following the second FedEx Cup Playoff event, the BMW Championship. Click here for the current U.S. Ryder Cup point standings.