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Ryder Cup 2020

The Course

Opened in 1998 and designed by Pete Dye, Whistling Straits is somewhat based on the links courses of the UK and Ireland and is sculpted along 3 kilometres of the Lake Michigan shoreline. Whistling Straits is open to the elements and features large undulating greens, deep pot bunkers and winds that sweep off Lake Michigan.


Date: 24 - 26 September, 2021

Course: Whistling Straits Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

Length: 6,575 meters

Par: 71

Slope Rating: 152


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The Format

The Ryder Cup is played over three days and consists of 28 total matches, each of which is worth one point. There are no extra holes in Ryder Cup matches. Should the two sides be tied after 18 holes, each side earns a half point.

To win the Ryder Cup outright, a team must collect 14 ½ of the 28 points available. In the case of a 14-14 tie, the winning team from the previous Ryder Cup retains the trophy, in this case Europe.


Day 1

1 morning session and 1 afternoon session consisting of 4 Fourball matches and 4 Foursomes matches


Day 2

1 morning session and 1 afternoon session consisting of 4 Fourball matches and 4 Foursomes matches


Day 3

12 Singles matches


Four-Ball

In four-ball, each member of a two-man team plays his own ball, so four balls are in play on every hole. Each team counts the lowest of its two scores on each hole, and the team whose player has the lowest score wins the hole. If the low scores are tied, the hole is halved.


Foursomes

In foursomes, each two-man team plays one ball per hole with the players taking turns until each hole is complete. Players alternate hitting tee shots, with one leading off on odd-numbered holes, and the other hitting first on even-numbered holes. The team with the low score on each hole wins that hole. If their scores are tied, the hole is halved.


Singles

In singles, each match features one player from each team. The player with the lower score on each hole wins that hole. If their scores are tied, the hole is halved.


Scoring

Each match is worth one point, with matches ending in a tie worth ½ point to each side. The first team to reach 14 ½ points wins the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a 14-14 tie, the team holding the Ryder Cup retains it.


Our Thoughts

Winner: Europe

There is no question the United States deserve favouritism. They are on home turf and Whistling Straits will certainly suit the big-hitting Americans more. The form of some of the European players is also a concern. What we do know though is that Europe have performed significantly better than the more well-fancied Americans this century, winning seven of the nine Cups including two of four on American soil, most recently the ‘Miracle at Medinah in 2012. Europe have also managed to get far more invested as a team while the Americans remain a collection of individuals. Cultural change is certainly underway at Team USA but it will take time and the Koepka/DeChambeau feud has hung over the team leading in.


Top European Scorer: Rory McIlroy

Rory has certainly shown a liking for Whistling Straits and it certainly appears as if it will suit his eye. Distance from the tee is a big advantage here and it has helped with Rory coming 3rd and 17th in two starts here. He has two Top 4s in his last five starts so his form is on the up.


Top USA Scorer: Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas was the star of the American team in Paris with a 4-1 record and is again set to be America’s rock. He is set to be paired with good friend Jordan Spieth (who finished 2nd here in the 2015 PGA Championship) and looks almost certain to be rolled out in that situation in all four sessions, bar any early disaster. Thomas will get the opportunities and the stability of his pairing makes him our pick for top USA scorer


Top Rookie: Viktor Hovland

Form off the tee is going to be so important at Whistling Straits so jumping on European rookie Viktor Hovland to have a massive Ryder Cup. Hovland ranked fifth last year in Strokes Gained: Off The Tee. He has spent most of the year in the US, a major plus. The Norwegian has four Top 17 finishes in his last seven starts.


Top Wildcard: Jordan Spieth

Spieth finished second here at the 2015 PGA Championship and has come off a rejuvenated season where he was back in the winner’s circle and genuinely contended in some big tournaments this year. He has a 7-5-2 record but is 0-3 in singles. He will score in team play and just needs to find something in the singles.


The Teams

USA

Captain

Steve Stricker

Age 54

Ryder Cups Three (2008, 2010, 2012)


Daniel Berger

Age 28

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 16


Patrick Cantlay

Age 29

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 4


Bryson DeChambeau

Age 28

Ryder Cups One (2018)

Overall record P3, W0, L3, H0

Foursomes W0, L2, H0

Fourballs W0, L0, H0

Singles W0, L1, H0

World ranking 7


Harris English

Age 32

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 11


Tony Finau

Age 32

Ryder Cups One (2018)

Overall record P3, W2, L1, H0

Foursomes W0, L0, H0

Fourballs W1, L1, H0

Singles W1, L0, H0

World ranking 9


Dustin Johnson

Age 37

Ryder Cups Four (2010, 2012, 2016, 2018)

Overall record P16, W7, L9, H0

Foursomes W1, L3, H0

Fourballs W3, L5, H0

Singles W3, L1, H0

World ranking 2


Brooks Koepka

Age 31

Ryder Cups Two (2016, 2018)

Overall record P8, W4, L3, H1

Foursomes W1, L1, H0

Fourballs W2, L2, H0

Singles W1, L0, H1

World ranking 10


Collin Morikawa

Age 24

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 3


Xander Schauffele

Age 27

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 5


Scottie Scheffler

Age 25

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 21


Jordan Spieth

Age 28

Ryder Cups Three (2014, 2016, 2018)

Overall record P14, W7, L5, H2

Foursomes W2, L1, H2

Fourballs W5, L1, H0

Singles W0, L3, H0

World ranking 13


Justin Thomas

Age 28

Ryder Cups One (2018)

Overall record P5, W4, L1, H0

Foursomes W1, L1, H0

Fourballs W2, L0, H0

Singles W1, L0, H0

World ranking 6


Europe

Captain

Padraig Harrington

Age 50

Ryder Cups Six (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)


Paul Casey

Age 44

Ryder Cups Four (2004, 2006, 2008, 2018)

Overall record P12, W4, L3, H5

Foursomes W1, L1, H0

Fourballs W2, L1, H3

Singles W1, L1, H2

World ranking 24


Matthew Fitzpatrick

Age 27

Ryder Cups One (2016)

Overall record P2, W0, L2, H0

Foursomes W0, L1, H0

Fourballs W0, L0, H0

Singles W0, L1, H0

World ranking 27


Tommy Fleetwood

Age 30

Ryder Cups One (2018)

Overall record P5, W4, L1, H0

Foursomes W2, L0, H0

Fourballs W2, L0, H0

Singles W0, L1, H0

World ranking 37


Sergio Garcia

Age 41

Ryder Cups Nine (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)

Overall record P41, W22, L12, H7

Foursomes W10, L4, H3

Fourballs W8, L4, H3

Singles W4, L4, H1

World ranking 43


Tyrrell Hatton

Age 29

Ryder Cups One (2018)

Overall record P3, W1, L2, H0

Foursomes W0, L0, H0

Fourballs W1, L1, H0

Singles W0, L1, H0

World ranking 19


Viktor Hovland

Age 24

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 14


Shane Lowry

Age 34

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 42


Rory McIlroy

Age 32

Ryder Cups Five (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)

Overall record P24, W11, L9, H4

Foursomes W5, L4, H1

Fourballs W4, L3, H2

Singles W2, L2, H1

World ranking 15


Ian Poulter

Age 45

Ryder Cups Six (2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)

Overall record P22, W14, L6, H2

Foursomes W5, L2, H0

Fourballs W4, L4, H1

Singles W5, L0, H1

World ranking 50


Jon Rahm

Age 26

Ryder Cups One (2018)

Overall record P3, W1, L2, H0

Foursomes W0, L0, H0

Fourballs W0, L2, H0

Singles W1, L0, H0

World ranking 1


Lee Westwood

Age 48

Ryder Cups Ten (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)

Overall record P44, W20, L18, H6

Foursomes W9, L5, H4

Fourballs W8, L6, H2

Singles W3, L7, H0

World ranking 35


Bernd Wiesberger

Age 35

Ryder Cups Rookie

World ranking 63

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