2016 Ryder Cup Preview

The 2016 Ryder Cup begins on Thursday, September 30, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Here’s a closer look at the competition.

Team USA: Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore.

Team Europe: Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia,  Martin Kayer, Rory McIlroy, Thomas Pieters, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Chris Wood.

Schedule (all times local)

Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1

Foursomes: 735 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 8:05 a.m., 8:20 a.m.

Fourball: 12:30 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m.

Sunday,October 2

Singles: 11:04 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. (11 minute intervals)

History:

From 1927-1977, the US held absolutely dominated a team comprised first of golfers from Great Britain and then Great Britain and Ireland, sporting an 18-3-1 record. Things have changed since the move was made to include all of Europe as one side, with the Europeans owning an 10-7-1 record against the Yanks in 18 matches.

The Ryder Cup was not played in 1939, 1941, 1943, or 1945 because of World War III – with the 1939 event cancelled just two months before it was to begin when Great Britain declared war on Germany.

In 2001, the event was scheduled to begin on September 28, but cancelled due to the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. The event was postponed to 2002 and has been played in even-numbered years ever since.

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