Ryder Cup Rules And TV Schedule

Posted September 27, 2016

By Tim @ Betting Gods

Some sporting occasions simply get the jingoistic juices flowing more than others, and there are few that get them flowing stronger than the Ryder Cup. It’s GB & Europe vs the USA, so book your spot in front of the TV for the 2016 Ryder Cup which starts on Friday September 30 and finishes on Sunday October 2.

Ryder Cup

It’s hard to believe that it’s 4 years since the ‘Miracle in Medinah’, and who can forget the ruthless efficiency with which Paul McGinley guided Europe to their 6thth victory in the last 7 Ryder Cups at Gleneagles in 2014.

However, the USA do have home advantage this year, as Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota hosts their bid to regain the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.

Format And Rules

The Ryder Cup is comprised of 28 matches, with each match worth one point. Therefore, the winner is the first team to reach a total of 14½ points. However, if the match ends 14-14, it’s declared a tie, and the current holders are deemed to have retained the trophy.

Both Thursday and Friday comprise 4 Foursome Matches and 4 Four-ball matches, with the home team deciding in which order they will be played. It is up to the Captains of both teams to choose 8 of their 12 players to play in individual each set of 4 matches, with no limitations on how many appearances each player makes, be it 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4, over the first 2 days. However, all players must participate in the Singles Matches on Sunday.

All matches are played using the Matchplay format of winning holes, and matches are won when one player is more holes in front than there are holes left to be played. Each win is worth 1 point to the winning team, though matches can be halved, awarding ½ a point to both teams.

Foursomes matches involves both players in each pair playing one-ball, with Player-A hitting the first shot off the first tee, then Player-B hitting the second shot. They then continue to alternate hitting the ball until the hole is completed. However, regardless of which player completes the first hole, player Player-B will tee off on the next hole. Therefore, Player-A will hit all the odd-numbered tee-shots, and Player-B all the even-numbered tee-shots

Meanwhile, Four-Balls involves both players in each pair playing their own ball, though only the lowest score of either player in a pair counts. The lowest score of all 4 players in each match then decides who wins each hole.



6.00pm – Captain’s Match

9.00pm – Live Ryder Cup opening ceremony


12.30pm – Four-balls followed by Foursomes


12.30pm – Four-balls followed by Foursomes


4.00pm – Singles Matches

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