How Are the Ryder Cup Points Awarded?

By Kent Ninomiya

 
 

The Ryder Cup is a unique team-based golf competition contested between America and Europe that is played every 2 years. Originally a competition between the US and Great Britain, since 1979 the team has included golfers from all of Europe. The Cup consists of a series of foursome and fourball games between the teams of golfers, and a final round 12 singles games. Points are awarded for matches won. The United States enjoys the edge in the competition, winning 26 Ryder Cup titles. The following is a list of each teams winning records. 

Scoring

The Ryder Cup is played using a variety of games but they all operate under the rules of match play. Whether playing four ball, foursomes, or singles, the point is to win more holes that the opponent. The team or individual with the the most holes wins the match. Each of the 28 Ryder Cup matches is worth one point, with each team getting a half point for ties. The first team to get to more than 14 points is the winner. If each team ends up with 14 points, the reigning champion gets to claim victory and retain the Ryder Cup. 

About The Author

Kent Ninomiya has 23 years' experience as a TV news anchor, reporter and managing editor. He traveled to more than 100 countries on all seven continents, including Antarctica. He holds black belts in three martial arts, and writes extensively on health and fitness issues. Ninomiya has a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.

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