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Ryder Cup 2023 for Dummies




US v. Europe. Head on. Golf for 3 days. That's essentially what it is. But who gets to go on this prestigious teams and how do they play? Let me summarize it in the easiest way possible.


Team Selection Process

U.S

Top 6 earners between the 2022 and 2023 BMW Championships + 6 Captain's Pick.


6 Top earners (also known as Automatic Qualifier): Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

Captain's Pick: Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.


Europe:

Top 3 from the European Points List + 3 from the World Points List (between the 2022 and 2023 BMW Championships) + 6 Captain's Pick.


The European points list: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Robert MacIntyre

The world points list: Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood

Captains Pick: At the time of this writing, European team has not selected Captain's Picks yet.



How do they play?

Four-Ball Matches

2 US golfers v 2 European golfers each play their own balls, hence the name, 4 balls. The team with the lowest score wins the hole. If tied, each team wins half the hole. At the end of 18 holes, the team that won the most number of hole takes the point.


Foursomes Matches

2 US golfers v 2 European golfers play 2 balls. Each team plays one ball, alternating shots. The team with the lowest score wins the hole. If tied, each team wins half the hole. At the end of 18 holes, the team that won the most number of hole takes the point.


Singles Matches

Single is a one-on-one match. The lower score on each hole wins the hole. Ties result in halved holes. The most number of holes (not the regular scores) takes the point.


Schedule

Day 1: 4 Foursome in the morning & 4 Four-ball in the afternoon. Total points available: 8

Day 2: Same as Day 1. Total points available: 8

Day 3: 12 Singles. Total Points available: 12


Who wins?

At the end of the day, there are total 28 points available. The team to take 14.5 or higher wins the Ryder Cup 2023.


Interesting Tidbits you can discuss with people

1. You don't have to win - technically. There are total 28 points available and a team needs 14.5 points to claim the trophy. If they tie? The previous winner takes the trophy without playing extra rounds. US won the last cup.


2. Concession: Yes! They have gimme putts! Sometimes it causes controversies - just like we do. And when the opponent makes you hit an 18 inch putt?

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