2010 Ryder Cup

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38th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   1–4 October 2010
Venue   Celtic Manor Resort
Twenty Ten Course
Location   Newport, Wales
Captains   Colin Montgomerie (Europe)
Corey Pavin (USA)
Europe   14½    13½   United States
Europe wins the Ryder Cup



Celtic Manor is located in Wales
Celtic Manor
Celtic Manor
Location in Wales

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

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.)

The competition was officially opened by Carwyn Jones, First Minister for Wales.[4]


The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The original schedule in 2010 was:

  • 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[edit]

Ryder Cup logo by needlework

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.[5]

  • 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.[6]


The matches were covered live domestically by BBC and Sky Sports.

All matches were covered live in the United States, a first for a Ryder Cup in Europe. ESPN handled Friday coverage. Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger hosted from the 18th tower, with Curtis Strange, Peter Alliss, and Sean McDonough calling holes, and on-course reporters Andy North, Bill Kratzert and Judy Rankin. Scott Van Pelt and Tom Weiskopf handled recaps during coverage. Most of ESPN's coverage was rained out on Friday, with a 7 hour rain delay during the middle of the day. NBC Sports covered the weekend action, with Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller hosting from the 18th tower, Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen calling holes, and on-course reporters Mark Rolfing, Roger Maltbie, and Dottie Pepper. USA Network aired coverage of the singles live on Monday morning. The coverage was produced by corporate sibling NBC, with NBC's announcers being used on the telecast.

Team qualification and selection[edit]

The European team consisted of:[7]

  • The top four players on the Ryder Cup World Points List[8]
  • The five players, not qualified above, on the Ryder Cup European Points List[9]
    • 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.[10]

The United States team consisted of:[11]

  • The top eight players on the Ryder Cup Points List[12]
    • 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.[13] Team USA was finalised on 7 September.[14] 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.

In December 2010, BBC Sport named the Europe squad "Team of The Year".[15]

Europe   Team Europe
Name Age Residence Points
rank (W)
rank (E)
Scotland Colin Montgomerie 47 Dunning, Scotland Non-playing captain
England Lee Westwood 37 Worksop, England 1 1 3 7th appearance
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 21 Holywood, Northern Ireland 2 3 9 Ryder Cup rookie
Germany Martin Kaymer 25 Mettmann, Germany 3 2 6 Ryder Cup rookie
Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell 31 Portrush, Northern Ireland 4 4 13 2nd appearance
England Ian Poulter 34 Milton Keynes, England 7 5 16 3rd appearance
England Ross Fisher 29 Cheam, England 14 6 27 Ryder Cup rookie
Italy Francesco Molinari 27 Turin, Italy 10 7 32 Ryder Cup rookie
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez 46 Málaga, Spain 11 8 26 4th appearance
Sweden Peter Hanson 32 Trelleborg, Sweden 13 9 42 Ryder Cup rookie
Italy Edoardo Molinari 29 Turin, Italy 5 10 15 Captain's pick, Ryder Cup rookie
England Luke Donald 32 High Wycombe, England 6 16 8 Captain's pick, 3rd appearance
Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington 39 Dublin, Ireland 8 12 22 Captain's pick, 6th appearance

United States   Team USA
Name Age Residence Points
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:[16][17]

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.[18]

The USA vice-captains were:[16]

Session 1 (Friday and Saturday)[edit]


Europe Results United States
Westwood/Kaymer Europe 3 & 2 Mickelson/D. Johnson
McIlroy/McDowell halved Cink/Kuchar
Poulter/Fisher United States 2 up Stricker/Woods
Donald/Harrington United States 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.[19]

Session 2 (Saturday)[edit]



Europe Results United States
Jiménez/Hanson United States 4 & 3 Woods/Stricker
Molinari/Molinari United States 2 up Z. Johnson/Mahan
Westwood/Kaymer halved Furyk/Fowler
Harrington/Fisher Europe 3 & 2 Mickelson/D. Johnson
Poulter/Donald Europe 2 & 1 Watson/Overton
McDowell/McIlroy United States 1 up Cink/Kuchar
4 Overall 6

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 and Sunday)[edit]


Europe Results United States
Donald/Westwood Europe 6 & 5 Stricker/Woods
McDowell/McIlroy Europe 3 & 1 Z. Johnson/Mahan


Europe Results United States
Harrington/Fisher Europe 2 & 1 Furyk/D. Johnson
Hanson/Jiménez Europe 2 up Watson/Overton
Molinari/Molinari halved Cink/Kuchar
Poulter/Kaymer Europe 2 & 1 Mickelson/Fowler
Session ½

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.[21]

Session 4 (Monday)[edit]

  • 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.[22]


Europe Results United States Timetable
Lee Westwood United States 2 & 1 Steve Stricker 1st: 9½ -
Rory McIlroy halved Stewart Cink 4th: 11 - 9
Luke Donald Europe 1 up Jim Furyk 5th: 12 - 9
Martin Kaymer United States 6 & 4 Dustin Johnson 2nd: 9½ -
Ian Poulter Europe 5 & 4 Matt Kuchar 3rd: 10½ - 8½
Ross Fisher United States 3 & 2 Jeff Overton 7th: 13 - 10
Miguel Ángel Jiménez Europe 4 & 3 Bubba Watson 6th: 13 - 9
Francesco Molinari United States 4 & 3 Tiger Woods 8th: 13 - 11
Edoardo Molinari halved Rickie Fowler 10th: 13½ - 12½
Peter Hanson United States 4 & 2 Phil Mickelson 9th: 13 - 12
Pádraig Harrington United States 3 & 2 Zach Johnson 11th: 13½ - 13½
Graeme McDowell Europe 3 & 1 Hunter Mahan 12th: 14½ - 13½
5 Session 7
14½ Overall 13½

Opening concert[edit]

Welcome to Wales logo

A concert, dubbed 'Welcome to Wales', was held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 29 September 2010, two days prior to the beginning of the Ryder Cup.

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.[23] The event was headlined by Lostprophets.[24] The event was hosted by Steve Jones.[25]

The concert marked Shirley Bassey's first appearance in Wales for over 5 years.[26]

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.[27]


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  17. ^ Sergio García's 10 ways to win the Ryder Cup guardian.co.uk, 29 September 2010
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  25. ^ The Entertainment Welcome to Wales
  26. ^ Dame Shirley Bassey plus TV presenter Steve Jones Complete the line up for Welcome to Wales Welcome to Wales
  27. ^ Ryder Cup concert to replace gala dinner Wales Online, 15 February 2010

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