Europe and the USA collide in the 2018 Ryder Cup, beginning this Friday 28th September and climaxing on Sunday 30th September.
Golf’s intercontinental grudge match is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, with holders the USA travelling to France to try to win the Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time since 1993.
Every other year, the best golfers from Europe and the USA come together to do battle in one of sport’s classic rivalries.
Both teams have 12 players, and each team captain – Thomas Bjorn for Europe and Jim Furyk for the US – can choose when to play his golfers and how to pair them up in order to give them the best chance of securing victory.
The teams will play 28 matches in total across the three days: winning a match earns one point, while a drawn match earns half a point. Whichever team reaches 14 1/2 points first wins the Ryder Cup.
On the first two days, the tournament consists of ‘foursomes‘ and ‘fourball‘ matches.
In foursomes, one player will hit one shot, and then their teammate will hit the next shot – working as a pair, the aim is to get the ball in the hole in the fewest shots possible and beat the opposing pair.
In fourball, both players in a pair play their own ball throughout – so there are four balls in play at any one time. However, only the best score counts. Again, whoever takes the fewest number of shots wins the hole.
The final day features singles matches, where one player from Europe plays one player from the USA.
In all three types of match, the winner of each hole is the person who has taken fewest shots. If the players take the same number of shots, they earn half a point each. The scores are then added up at the end and the winner of the match declared.
Who is in the team for Europe and USA?
Who is favourite for the Ryder Cup?
Holders USA go in as favourites according to the bookies, despite having not won in Europe since 1993.
With standout names including Masters champion Patrick Reed, US Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, and the comeback kid himself, Tiger Woods, it’s clear that USA’s individuals are formidable. But can they once again come together as a team and live up to their pre-tournament billing?