Wednesday August 29, 2018
If you know your golfing events, you’ll know the 2018 Ryder Cup is soon to begin. This year, the USA team meets the European team at Le Golf National, southwest of Paris in France. The Cup is decided every two years, with the most recent event taking place at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. That was won by the United States, which took the title by an impressive 17 points to 11. Will a similar result be seen this time?
It is interesting to ponder whether we shall see a result that is so clear cut for one team over the other. The last 41 years have seen 26 wins for the United States though, so they do hold the edge over four decades of play. During that time, there have been just two ties – an indication of how rare such an outcome is. The Great Britain/Europe team has notched up 13 wins in that period.
Before the 2016 event, Europe took the title on three consecutive occasions. They won in Newport, Wales in 2010 by just one point; meanwhile, another win occurred in 2012 at Medinah, Illinois, again by just one point. In 2014, Europe managed a bigger margin of victory by winning 16.5 points against the USA’s 11.5 points, at Perthshire, Scotland.
But let’s get back to this year’s event. The course is Le Golf National. It features 11 par four holes, four par three holes, and three par fives. The course takes place over 7,183 yards. The event takes place over three days from Friday 28th September until Sunday 30th September. The format uses three types of play – four-ball, foursomes, and singles. The results of each event, involving either individuals, pairs, or teams, will then be calculated and a point is awarded to the winner of each event. If there is a tie, the hole is halved between the two. Hence why some scores have half points.
Many people will bet on the team they feel is most likely to win… or the team they support, if they live in either the United States or somewhere in Europe. Others might bet on the outcome of individual events. Where will you place your bet for the 2018 Ryder Cup?