The Ryder Cup (officially the Ryder Cup Matches) is a golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition is jointly administered by the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour, and is contested every two years, the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe. The Ryder Cup is also the name of the trophy, after the person who donated it, Samuel Ryder.
The competition began following an exhibition match in 1926 between a team comprising American professionals against a similar one drawn from the British PGA on the East Course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, UK. The first competition took place in 1927.
Early matches between the two sides were fairly even, but after the Second World War, repeated US dominance led to a decision to extend the representation of the British & Irish team to include continental Europe in 1979. This change was partly prompted by the success of a new generation of Spanish golfers of the time, including Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido, who, in 1979, became the first Spaniards to play in the event. Since then, Team Europe has included players from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden.
Following this change, the event has enjoyed more competitive matches, with Europe winning seven times and retaining the Cup once, and with seven American wins over this period.
With the exception of Spain in 1997 and Ireland in 2006, all tournaments have been held either in the US or UK.
The 38th Ryder Cup, which pits teams of professional golfers from the USA and Europe in a three-day series of matches, will be held 1–3 October 2010 at the Twenty Ten golf course in the Celtic Manor Resort in the city of Newport, South Wales. The event, of which the USA is the defending cup holder, will be played on a newly-constructed course. The team captains are Colin Montgomerie for Europe and Corey Pavin for the USA.
These are the players both teams will be fielding this year:
|Colin Montgomerie||47||Dunning, Scotland||Non-playing captain|
|Lee Westwood||37||Worksop, England||1||1||3||7th appearance|
|Rory McIlroy||21||Holywood, Northern Ireland||2||3||8||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Martin Kaymer||25||Mettmann, Germany||3||2||5||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Graeme McDowell||31||Portrush, Northern Ireland||4||4||14||2nd appearance|
|Ian Poulter||34||Milton Keynes, England||7||5||13||3rd appearance|
|Ross Fisher||29||Cheam, England||14||6||28||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Francesco Molinari||27||Turin, Italy||10||7||33||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||46||Málaga, Spain||11||8||26||4th appearance|
|Peter Hanson||32||Trelleborg, Sweden||13||9||43||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Edoardo Molinari||29||Turin, Italy||5||10||16||Captain’s pick, Ryder Cup rookie|
|Luke Donald||32||High Wycombe, England||6||16||9||Captain’s pick, 3rd appearance|
|Pádraig Harrington||39||Dublin, Ireland||8||12||22||Captain’s pick, 6th appearance|
|Corey Pavin||50||Dallas, Texas||Non-playing captain|
|Phil Mickelson||40||Rancho Santa Fe, California||1||2||8th appearance|
|Hunter Mahan||28||Plano, Texas||2||15||2nd appearance|
|Bubba Watson||31||Bagdad, Florida||3||25||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Jim Furyk||40||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida||4||6||7th appearance|
|Steve Stricker||43||Madison, Wisconsin||5||4||2nd appearance|
|Dustin Johnson||26||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||6||12||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Jeff Overton||27||Bloomington, Indiana||7||49||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Matt Kuchar||32||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida||8||10||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Zach Johnson||34||Lake Mary, Florida||11||18||Captain’s pick, 2nd appearance|
|Tiger Woods||34||Windermere, Florida||12||1||Captain’s pick, 6th appearance|
|Stewart Cink||37||Duluth, Georgia||14||35||Captain’s pick, 5th appearance|
|Rickie Fowler||21||Las Vegas, Nevada||20||32||Captain’s pick, Ryder Cup rook|
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