Friday, June 22, 2018

Ryder Cup preview

>> How does the competition between the United States and Europe work?

Three formats will be used.

Foursomes (Friday and Saturday morning rounds): Two players from each team are paired to go head-to-head against two players from the other team. The two-man teams alternate shots on each hole, with one player teeing off on odd-numbered holes and his partner teeing off on the even holes. They alternate shots until the ball is in the hole.

Four ball (Friday and Saturday afternoon rounds): Each player on the two-man team plays his ball on each hole. The best score of the two is counted for the hole.

Singles (Sunday): A match play setup, with one American against one European. The best score on each hole wins the hole.

>> Qualification

United States: A point system determines the top eight players for the team. The points for this event were an accumulation of prize money earned in the 2011 major championships, money earned in 2012 official events from Jan. 1 to Aug. 12, money earned in 2012 major championships and money earned in events played opposite major championships and in World Golf Championships events. The team captain had four picks to round out the 12-player team.

Europe: The leading five players on the European Ryder Cup points list at the conclusion of the 2012 Johnnie Walker Championship were in. The top five players from the world points list not otherwise qualified also were in. In case of a tie, players were determined by higher world rankings. The team captain had two picks.

>> Medinah CC

The club near Chicago was founded in 1924. The course first hosted a major tournament in 1949, the U.S. Open. It also hosted the 1975 and 1990 U.S. Opens. In 1999 at Medinah, Tiger Woods won his first major, the PGA Championship, over Sergio Garcia. Woods returned in 2006 to win another PGA Championship. This is the first Ryder Cup the course has hosted.

>> United States Captain: Davis Love

Tiger Woods6,014.184This is Woods' seventh Ryder Cup (he missed 2008). His career record is 13-14-2. He has won three PGA tournaments this season.
Bubba Watson5,815.054The 2012 Masters champion is playing in his second Cup. He was 1-3 at Celtic Manor in 2010.
Jason Dufner5,697.302A Cup rookie, he has had a career year in 2012. He has won twice and lost in a playoff.
Keegan Bradley5,551.206He was the PGA Tour rookie of the year in 2011 and won the PGA Championship. He is a Cup rookie.
Webb Simpson4,635.500Yet another Cup rookie, he is the reigning U.S. Open champion.
Zach Johnson4,491.544He has a 3-3-1 record in two Cups. He has not been on a winning U.S. team.
Matt Kuchar4,448.942This is the second straight appearance for the player who won the Players Championship this season.
Phil Mickelson4,233.108This is his ninth straight Cup appearance. He is 11-17-6 all time.
Jim FurykCaptain's pickHe is making his eighth straight appearance. His record is 8-15-4, and he does not have a tournament win since 2010.
Dustin JohnsonCaptain's pickHe has played sparingly due to injury this season, but he did win the St. Jude Classic.
Brandt SnedekerCaptain's pickThe winner of the Tour Championship on Sunday, he was an easy choice. He also won the Farmer's Insurance Open this year.
Steve StrickerCaptain's pickThe 45-year-old veteran has played in the previous two Cups and has won at least once on the PGA Tour in the past four seasons.

>> Europe Captain: Jose Maria Olazabal

Rory McIlroyThe No. 1-ranked golfer in the world is making his second Ryder Cup appearance. He is the 2012 PGA Championship winner.
Justin RoseHe missed the 2010 Cup; he was 3-1 in 2008. He won the 2012 Cadillac Championship.
Paul LawrieHe played in the 1999 Cup and hadn't played since. He won the Qatar Masters and the European Tour's Johnnie Walker Championship this year.
Graeme McDowellHe is making his third straight appearance. He is 4-2-2 all time.
Francesco MolinariThis is his second Cup. He won the Spain Open this season.
Nicolas ColsaertsHe is making his Cup debut. He had 10 top 10 finishes on the European Tour.
Luke DonaldHe played on the 2004, '06 and '10 teams, all wins for Europe. He is 8-2-1 overall, and he won the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor this year.
Sergio GarciaHe is making his sixth appearance and first since 2008. He had consecutive wins in Europe in 2011 that solidified his spot on the team.
Martin KaymerThis is his second straight Cup. He had a big 2011 that included time at No. 1 in the world rankings for a few weeks.
Ian PoulterAn impressive 8-3 in three previous Cups, he has never lost a singles match.
Lee Westwood This is his eighth Cup, most on the team. He is 16-11-6 all time.
Peter HansonHe has had a series of top five finishes on the European Tour in 2012 and also finished third at the Masters.

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