The 2023 Ryder Cup: Everything You Need to Know
Golf season may be winding down, but there’s still one prestigious event left on the calendar for 2023 – the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is a highly anticipated tournament where the United States and Europe battle it out for bragging rights, national pride, and the coveted Ryder Cup trophy. Let’s dive into all the information you need to know about this year’s event.
When and Where is the 2023 Ryder Cup?
The 2023 Ryder Cup will take place from Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1. The tournament will be held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy. The Ryder Cup venue alternates between the U.S. and Europe, with the 2021 event being held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Let’s take a look at the teams competing in the 2023 Ryder Cup.
– Captain: Zach Johnson
– Vice captains: Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, Stewart Cink
– Automatic qualifiers: Patrick Cantlay, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler
– Captain’s picks: Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas
– Captain: Luke Donald
– Vice captains: Thomas Bjørn, Nicolas Colsaerts, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari, José María Olazábal
– Automatic qualifiers: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Robert MacIntyre
– Captain’s picks: Ludvig Åberg, Tommy Fleetwood, Nicolai Højgaard, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, Sepp Straka
How Does the Ryder Cup Work?
The Ryder Cup is structured as follows:
– First two days: One four-match session of fourball and one four-match session of foursomes each day.
– Final day: 12 singles matches.
In the four-ball format, two teams of two players face off, with each player playing their own ball and the team counting the lowest of their two scores on each hole. The team with the lowest score wins the hole, and tied scores result in a halved hole.
Foursomes also consist of two teams of two players, but each team plays one ball, taking turns hitting until the hole is complete. The scoring is the same as in four-ball, with the lowest score on each hole winning and tied holes being halved.
On the final day, singles matches take place, with one player from the U.S. going head-to-head against a player from Europe.
Each match (four-ball, foursomes, and singles) is worth one point. The first team to reach 14 ½ points wins the Ryder Cup (tied matches result in half a point for each team). If the matches end in a 14-14 tie, the defending Ryder Cup winner retains the trophy. The last tie occurred in 1989, with Europe holding the tiebreaker.
Is the Ryder Cup Every Year?
No, the Ryder Cup is a biennial event, meaning it is held every other year. However, it was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a three-year gap between the 2018 and 2021 Ryder Cups.
How to Watch and Stream the 2023 Ryder Cup
You can catch the 2023 Ryder Cup on NBC and USA Network. Additionally, the tournament will be streamed live on Peacock. Here’s the full schedule:
– Friday, Sept. 29: 1:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET on USA Network and Peacock
– Saturday, Sept. 30: 1:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. ET on USA Network and Peacock, and 3 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock
– Sunday, Oct. 1: 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock
Upcoming Ryder Cup Venues
Four of the next five Ryder Cup sites have been confirmed, with 2031 yet to be decided. Here’s a look at the confirmed future venues:
– 2025: Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.
– 2027: The Golf Course at Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland
– 2029: Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
– 2031: TBD (Europe)
– 2033: The Olympic Golf Club’s Lake Course in San Francisco, Calif.
As the golf season nears its end, the Ryder Cup stands tall as the final major event of the year. Golf enthusiasts and fans alike will be eagerly awaiting this showdown between the United States and Europe, as they compete for glory, camaraderie, and the historic Ryder Cup trophy.