Itís time for the Europe (read rest of the world) versus America golf showdown. Played at the Medinah Country Club Illinois it will see the best of the worlds golfers go against each other in team and individual competitions.
Golf is a fairly simple game. Hit a ball with a club towards a hole; take as few shots as possible. The devil is in the detail though and as itís played over three days thereís time for some variety in the types of golf played. For those not clear on how it all works itís basically like thisÖÖÖÖ.
The Ryder Cup is played every other year and pits the best of Europe against the United States. Thereís no prize money to the players (despite the millions of dollars in revenue it generates), itís all about the pride. Europe won it last time out (theyíve won six of the last eight in fact).
Each team has a pool of 12 players. Players mainly qualify for the event based on their inclusion on the Ryder Cup World Points List and the money theyíve earned on the tour (possibly because theyíve earned so much they donít need to worry about the lack of prize money), but there are also some captain (or wildcard) picks made by each team.
There are various match plays involved in the tournament. There are eight foursomes, eight fourballs and twelve singles matches.
All matches are played over 18 holes, win and itís one point to the teamís score, draw and itís a half each. Current holders Europe only need to tie overall to retain the cup, America need to win outright.
Foursomes are between two teams of two players; players on the same team take alternate shots throughout the match with the same ball (we assume budget constraints are the reason for everyone not getting their own ball, it also teaches the players to share). Whoever completes the hole in the lowest score wins the hole.
Fourballs again have two teams of two players, but each plays their own ball. The lowest score by an individual wins the hole.
Singles is standard match play between two golfers.
Not everyone will need to play in the foursomes and fourballs; some may play more, others less. As the fourballs and foursomes are played over the first two days in morning and afternoon sessions itís possible for a player to play in and win up to five points including the final day singles.
That should do us for how it works, so letís turn to some classic YouTube. First up, Faldo from 1993. Looking workplace casual in red he nails this hole in one.
And to finish itís the final stages of the 1999 edition where sportsmanship s thrown out the window in favour of jumping all over the greens, wives and girlfriends invited too. On a side note this moment is probably a big factor in not being able to watch any form of golf without hearing Ďget in the holeí after each and every shot, no matter how wayward.
In terms of the odds in the outright market
USA are 70/100 with YouWin
Europe 19/10 with StanJames
And the Tie (meaning Europe retain) is 62/5 with BetFair.
Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy are the picks for the top scoring Europeans at 11/2 with 188Bet and YouWin respectively. For America itís the Tiger clear on his own at 5/1 with 188Bet.
Thereíll be plenty of extra offers tomorrow and over the weekend so check back at the daily offers page to find out more.
You can also join the discussion on the forum and see whatís happening in play on the chatbox.