The Ryder Cup Golf Tournament – Europe vs. The United States

The Ryder cup is between two teams, Europe and the United states. The biennial men’s golf competition is held every two years, with venues altering between the United States and Europe. Named after the English businessman, Samuel Ryder, who donated the trophy, the event is run by both the United States and Europe. This is certainly an interesting tournament to enjoy golf betting through.

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The first official Ryder Cup was originally contested between Britain and the United States, the cup took place in 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts.  The United States won the first 5 contests, but after the competition continued after the Second World War, the American dominance led to a decision to extend the representation of “Great Britain and Ireland” to include continental Europe from 1979.

Since 1979 Europe has won 10 times. The Ryder Cup, and its counterpart the Presidents Cup, remain exceptions within the world of professional sports because the players receive no prize money despite the contests being high-profile events that bring in large amounts of money in television and sponsorship revenue.

Notable Ryder Cup Golf Tournaments

1969: Nicklaus vs. Jacklin

At the par-5 finishing hole, both Jacklin and Nicklaus got on the green in two. Nicklaus ran his eagle putt five feet past the hole, while Jacklin left his two foot short. Nicklaus then sank his birdie putt, and with a crowd of 8,000 people watching, picked up Jacklin’s marker, conceding the putt Jacklin needed to tie the matches. With the United States team already holding the cup, the tie allowed it to retain the cup. “I don’t think you would have missed that putt,” Nicklaus said to Jacklin afterwards, “but in these circumstances I would never give you the opportunity.’

1989: Azinger and Ballesteros

The 1989 Ryder Cup was held at The Belfry in Europe. This game saw the rising of tensions in the series. The United States held the cup for more than two decades, but lost both the 1985 and 1987 matches. At the 1989 matches, the pressure was on the United States team and its captain, Raymond Floyd. At a pre-match opening celebration, Floyd slighted the European team by introducing his United States team as “the 12 greatest players in the world

1991: “The War on the Shore”

The overall tension between the teams and the feud between Ballesteros and Azinger escalated at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in 1991. At the ceremonial opening dinner, the PGA of America played two videos that were seen as less than hospitable by the European team. The first video was presented as a highlight reel of past Ryder Cups, but reportedly showed only Americans. The second video was a welcoming address by then-United States President George H. W. Bush in which he closed by cheering on the American side.

1999: Battle of Brookline

The 1999 Ryder Cup held at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, caused great controversy. A remarkable comeback by the American team helped propel the U.S. to a 14.5–13.5 victory after trailing 10–6 heading into the final day. The U.S. went 8–3–1 in the singles matches to seal the first American victory since 1993.

2012: The Meltdown/Miracle at Medinah

The 39th Ryder Cup was held at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois and saw an extraordinary comeback by Europe, under Captain José María Olazábal of Spain. The Europeans were down 10–4 after 14 matches, with two four-ball matches still on the course and 12 singles matches to be played the next day. Despite being down 10–6 going into the final day Europe came back to win by 14½ points to 13½. Out of the 12 points up for grabs on the final day Europe won 8½ points with the U.S. winning only 3½ points.

Various years in Ryder Cup Golf Tournament

Year 1975
Day 1
Morning Afternoon
4 Foursomes 4 Fourballs
Day 2
Morning Afternoon
4 Fourballs 4 Foursomes
Day 3
Morning Afternoon
8 Singles 8 Singles
Total
32
Year 1977
Day 1
Morning Afternoon
5 Foursomes
Day 2
Morning Afternoon
5 Fourballs
Day 3
Morning Afternoon
10 Singles
Total
20
Year 1979 – to date
Day 1
Morning Afternoon
4 Foursomes 4 Fourballs
Day 2
Morning Afternoon
4 Fourballs 4 Foursomes
Day 3
Morning Afternoon
12 Singles
Total
12/28

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