2010 Ryder Cup
|Dates||1–4 October 2010|
|Venue||Celtic Manor Resort
Twenty Ten Course
|Captains||Colin Montgomerie (Europe)
Corey Pavin (USA)
|Europe wins the Ryder Cup|
The 38th Ryder Cup was held 1–4 October 2010 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. It was the 17th time the Ryder Cup had been staged in Britain, but the first time in Wales. The tournament was played on the newly-constructed Twenty Ten course, specifically designed for the event. The team captains were Colin Montgomerie for Europe and Corey Pavin for the United States. With the U.S. as the defending champion, Europe won by a score of 14½ to 13½ and regained the Cup, its sixth victory in the last eight competitions. The event was plagued by bad weather with play having to be suspended twice. Having taken a 3 point lead into the singles matches Europe faced a U.S. fightback and the conclusion of the Ryder Cup 2010 went right down to the anchor match between Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan. Eventually McDowell defeated Mahan 3 & 1 to regain the Cup for Europe.
This was an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory at home by Europe. (The U.S. was undefeated at home (13–0) through 1983, but has not had consecutive home victories since.)
- Day 1 (Friday) – 4 four-ball (better ball) matches in a morning session and 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in an afternoon session
- Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 four-ball matches in a morning session and 4 foursome matches in an afternoon session
- Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches
With a total of 28 points, 14½ points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending champion to retain the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
It was the second time in succession that the schedule for four-ball (better ball) and foursome (alternate shot) matches on Day One and Day Two has been changed, i.e. it was scheduled to be effectively the same timetable as was used in 2006.
Revised format 
As a result of the long suspension of play on the first day due to heavy rain, the format for the rest of the competition was changed to try to bring a conclusion to the matches on Sunday. However, further heavy rain caused a delayed start on Sunday, so that the last of the revised sessions would be played on Monday. Because of the changes, there were a number of Ryder Cup firsts. For the first time in the history of the Ryder Cup, all 24 players took part in pairing sessions at the same time in six pairings (as opposed to the usual four pairings) and in another first for the event both foursome and four-ball matches were played in the same session at the same time. It is also the first time that the competition went into a fourth day. The revised schedule consisted of four sessions as opposed to the usual five.
- Session One (Friday and Saturday) – 4 four-ball (better ball) matches
- Session Two (Saturday) – 6 foursome (alternate shot) matches
- Session Three (Saturday and Sunday) – 2 foursome and 4 four-ball matches
- Session Four (Monday) – 12 singles matches
The total number of each type of match remained the same, 8 four-ball, 8 foursomes, and 12 singles. By captains' agreement, matches would conclude at sundown Monday if not completed before then. Any matches still in progress would be considered halved at that point.
Team qualification and selection 
The European team consisted of:
- The top four players on the Ryder Cup World Points List
- Total points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events from 3 September 2009 to 29 August 2010
- The five players, not qualified above, on the Ryder Cup European Points List
- Money earned in official European Tour events from 3 September 2009 to 29 August 2010
- Three captain's picks
In previous Ryder Cups, only two wildcard places were available on the European team, but on 12 May 2009 it was announced that this had been increased to three.
The United States team consisted of:
- The top eight players on the Ryder Cup Points List
- Points gained from money earned in majors in 2009 and official PGA tour events in 2010 up to 15 August (i.e. up to and including money earned at the 2010 PGA Championship). Money earned in 2010 majors counted double and money earned in 2010 events played opposite the majors or World Golf Championships counted half.
- Four captain's picks
The top players for the USA (8) and Europe (9) as determined by their points performance (described above) received automatic selection. The remaining players on each team were selected at the discretion of the team captains. Qualification for Team Europe ended on 29 August, at which time, the captain's picks were named. Team USA was finalised on 7 September. Tiger Woods was a captain's pick for the first time ever. The Official World Golf Rankings shown are as of 26 September 2010, the last assessment issued before the Ryder Cup. The average ranking of the American team was 17.3 and that of the European team was 18.3.
|Colin Montgomerie||47||Dunning, Scotland||Non-playing captain|
|Lee Westwood||37||Worksop, England||1||1||3||7th appearance|
|Rory McIlroy||21||Holywood, Northern Ireland||2||3||9||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Martin Kaymer||25||Mettmann, Germany||3||2||6||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Graeme McDowell||31||Portrush, Northern Ireland||4||4||13||2nd appearance|
|Ian Poulter||34||Milton Keynes, England||7||5||16||3rd appearance|
|Ross Fisher||29||Cheam, England||14||6||27||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Francesco Molinari||27||Turin, Italy||10||7||32||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||46||Málaga, Spain||11||8||26||4th appearance|
|Peter Hanson||32||Trelleborg, Sweden||13||9||42||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Edoardo Molinari||29||Turin, Italy||5||10||15||Captain's pick, Ryder Cup rookie|
|Luke Donald||32||High Wycombe, England||6||16||8||Captain's pick, 3rd appearance|
|Pádraig Harrington||39||Dublin, Ireland||8||12||22||Captain's pick, 6th appearance|
|Corey Pavin||50||Dallas, Texas||Non-playing captain|
|Phil Mickelson||40||Rancho Santa Fe, California||1||2||8th appearance|
|Hunter Mahan||28||Plano, Texas||2||14||2nd appearance|
|Bubba Watson||31||Bagdad, Florida||3||24||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Jim Furyk||40||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida||4||5||7th appearance|
|Steve Stricker||43||Madison, Wisconsin||5||4||2nd appearance|
|Dustin Johnson||26||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||6||12||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Jeff Overton||27||Bloomington, Indiana||7||48||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Matt Kuchar||32||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida||8||11||Ryder Cup rookie|
|Zach Johnson||34||Lake Mary, Florida||11||19||Captain's pick, 2nd appearance|
|Tiger Woods||34||Windermere, Florida||12||1||Captain's pick, 6th appearance|
|Stewart Cink||37||Duluth, Georgia||14||35||Captain's pick, 5th appearance|
|Rickie Fowler||21||Las Vegas, Nevada||20||33||Captain's pick, Ryder Cup rookie|
Each captain also selected a number of vice-captains to assist him during the tournament and to advise the players on-course as it is impossible for the captain to do so on every hole. The European vice-captains were:
Olazábal was added as a fifth vice-captain midway through the tournament, when the revised format meant that there were not enough captains to cover all six matches simultaneously.
The USA vice-captains were:
Session 1 (Friday & Saturday) 
|Westwood/Kaymer||3 & 2||Mickelson/D.Johnson|
|Donald/Harrington||3 & 2||Watson/Overton|
Four-balls play on Friday began on schedule but was suspended at 9:43 am BST due to poor course conditions because of rain. Play was resumed at 5:00 pm as the water had drained off the course but was suspended again for the day just after 7 pm BST. Play was completed Saturday morning.
Session 2 (Saturday) 
|Jiménez/Hanson||4 & 3||Woods/Stricker|
|Harrington/Fisher||3 & 2||Mickelson/D.Johnson|
|Poulter/Donald||2 & 1||Watson/Overton|
In order to fit the intended number of matches into a schedule that had been condensed due to the weather, three sessions of four matches each were converted into 2 sessions of 6 matches each, requiring all 24 players to play during Sessions 2 and 3.
Session 3 (Saturday & Sunday) 
|Donald/Westwood||6 & 5||Stricker/Woods|
|McDowell/McIlroy||3 & 1||Z.Johnson/Mahan|
|Harrington/Fisher||2 & 1||Furyk/D.Johnson|
|Poulter/Kaymer||2 & 1||Mickelson/Fowler|
Play began in the third session on late Saturday afternoon. Team Europe was leading all six matches when darkness halted play. Start of play on Sunday was delayed until 13:20, due to severe weather overnight leaving running water on the fairways again.
Session 4 (Monday) 
- For the first time in Ryder Cup history, the final session was conducted on a Monday, due to torrential rain on the first day which delayed the schedule.
|Lee Westwood||2 & 1||Steve Stricker||1st: 9½ - 7½|
|Rory McIlroy||halved||Stewart Cink||4th: 11 - 9|
|Luke Donald||1 up||Jim Furyk||5th: 12 - 9|
|Martin Kaymer||6 & 4||Dustin Johnson||2nd: 9½ - 8½|
|Ian Poulter||5 & 4||Matt Kuchar||3rd: 10½ - 8½|
|Ross Fisher||3 & 2||Jeff Overton||7th: 13 - 10|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||4 & 3||Bubba Watson||6th: 13 - 9|
|Francesco Molinari||4 & 3||Tiger Woods||8th: 13 - 11|
|Edoardo Molinari||halved||Rickie Fowler||10th: 13½ - 12½|
|Peter Hanson||4 & 2||Phil Mickelson||9th: 13 - 12|
|Pádraig Harrington||3 & 2||Zach Johnson||11th: 13½ - 13½|
|Graeme McDowell||3 & 1||Hunter Mahan||12th: 14½ - 13½|
Opening concert 
Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Only Men Aloud! featured in the 90 minute televised event. The European and US golfers appeared on stage to greet the audience. The event was headlined by Lostprophets. The event was hosted by Steve Jones.
The concert marked Shirley Bassey's first appearance in Wales for over 5 years.
The event replaced a planned traditional gala dinner and was introduced by celebrities and golf stars. The concert featured musical performances by international superstars. The event was welcomed by Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales.
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