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All you need to know as 2021 Ryder Cup gets under way


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he 43rd Ryder Cup has finally arrived, with Team Europe and the USA ready to go into battle at Whistling Straits a year later than originally planned.

Last night’s opening ceremony was a celebratory affair, with the two captains introducing their respective teams in front of thousands of American fans – as well as announcing the all-important pairings for Friday’s foursomes.

The Blues claimed victory at Le Golf National back in 2018 and now head stateside seeking a first victory on American soil since the Miracle of Medinah in 2012, having been beaten at Hazeltine on their last visit in 2016.

Padraig Harrington skippers a European side that includes world no1 Jon Rahm as well as stalwarts such as Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia, while Steve Stricker captains the Americans, who have six rookies in their midst, including Open champion Collin Morikawa.

When is the 2021 Ryder Cup?

The Ryder Cup takes place across three days, starting on Friday, September 24 and running until Sunday, September 26.

Where is the 2021 Ryder Cup?

This year’s Ryder Cup will be played at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The course has hosted the PGA Championship three times, most recently in 2015.

2021 Ryder Cup schedule

  • Morning Matches (Foursome): 1:05pm, 1:21pm, 1:37pm, 1:53pm
  • Afternoon Matches (Fourball): 6:10pm, 6:26pm, 6:42pm, 6:58pm
  • Morning Matches (Foursome): 1:05pm, 1:21pm, 1:37pm, 1:53pm
  • Afternoon Matches (Fourball): 6:10pm, 6:26pm, 6:42pm, 6:58pm 
  • Singles matches: First match at 5:04pm, then at 11-minute intervals

How to watch the 2021 Ryder Cup

TV channel: All three days will be broadcast in their entirety on Sky Sports Golf, with some of the action also showing on Sky Sports Main Event.

Live stream: Sky Sports subcribers can stream the action via the SkyGo app.

2021 Ryder Cup format

The Ryder Cup is a match-play competition, with a total of 28 matches – split into three different formats – played across the three days.

On Friday and Saturday, players play in pairs, with four foursomes and four fourballs matches on each day, meaning only eight players on each team participate in each session. On the Sunday, all 12 players from each team play in a singles match.

The victors of each match claim a point for their team, while the point is halved if the match ends all-square. Should the two teams finish level on 14 points each at the end of the weekend, Europe – as defending champions – would retain the Ryder Cup.

2021 Ryder Cup teams

*denotes captain’s pick.

  • Jon Rahm
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Bernd Wiesberger
  • Matt Fitzpatrick
  • Lee Westwood
  • Paul Casey
  • Sergio Garcia*
  • Ian Poulter*
  • Shane Lowry*

Read our player-by-player guide to Team Europe here.

  • Collin Morikawa
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Justin Thomas
  • Daniel Berger*
  • Jordan Spieth*
  • Xander Schauffele*
  • Tony Finau*
  • Harris English*
  • Scottie Scheffler*

Read our player-by-player guide to Team USA here.

2021 Ryder Cup odds

  • USA to win: 8/15
  • Europe to win: 15/8
  • Tie: 11/1

Ryder Cup past winners

Since the Ryder Cup became a Europe vs USA competition in 1979 (having previously been USA vs Great Britain or Great Britain and Ireland), there have been 20 renewals.

Of those, Europe have won 11, with the US winning eight and one match ending in a tie.


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