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Ryder Cup logoCheck out video clips, updates, fun facts and history, along with complete reports from the biennial 2016 Ryder Cup -- as it returns to America this year at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota.

The major golf event that occurs every two years " the World Cup of Golf" is a two-day event in which Team USA and Team Europe square off in a heady mix of national pride and sportsmanship.


Ryder Cup 2016 US TV schedule

On television, watch for complete coverage of the 41st Ryder Cup tournament beginning Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, 2016 on NBC and the Golf Channel in the U.S, with coverage across the pond on BBC and Sky Sports.

Thursday, September 29 Opening Ceremonies ESPN News Noon - 1 p.m.
Ryder Cup analysis ESPN 2 - 3 p.m.
Friday, September 30 Day 1 ESPN 3 a.m.-1 p.m.
Day 1 (rebroadcast) ESPN2 2 - 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 Day 2 NBC 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 2 Day 3 NBC 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies ESPN 1 - 2 p.m.


Ryder Cup rules & scoring

During the Ryder Cup matches, the pressure really mounts when individual players are required to let go of their "star" status and work together to win.

If one player is performing badly, the rest have to grin and bear it for the best possible outcome - namely, scoring a point for the team.

Speaking of points, Ryder Cup rules adhere to a match play format that rewards the number of points a team wins, rather than the shots players take individually. In the end, it all adds up to victory if each team can really pull together. A match is worth one point and whichever team first accumulates 14½ points wins the Cup.


DID YOU KNOW? Ryder Cup Fun Facts


Golfing gold: The Ryder Cup

• The Ryder Cup trophy stands 17 inches tall, nine inches wide and weighs four pounds. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy.

• America won the first Ryder Cup tournament in 1927, which was hosted by Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts.

• Throughout most of 20th century Ryder Cup history, American teams were predominant. Between the years of 1935 and 1985, Europe only won the Ryder Cup once.

• There have been six-holes-in ones in Ryder Cup history, only one of these was by an American golfer, Scott Verplank, in 2006.

• The oldest player to make an apperance in the Ryder Cup was Raymond Floyd, at 51 years of age in 1993. The youngest player to feature in the Ryder Cup was Sergio Garcia 19 years of age, in 1999.


More about the Ryder Cup around the Web:

Ryder Cup 2016 - Check out the official site for Ryder Cup updates, U.S. and European team stats and profiles, photos, video clips, and a complete travel guide with maps & directions.

Ryder Cup - Find a good historical overview plus an explanation of the Ryder Cup format, notable or controversial matches throughout the years, Ryder Cup trivia, a complete list of winners from 1927 to the present, and related links, from Wikipedia.

BBC Sports Academy - How does the Ryder Cup work? - The rules explained, with information on how teams are formed, the matchplay format including overviews of foursomes, fourballs, and team tactics.


 
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