2016 Ryder Cup
|Dates||September 30 – October 2, 2016|
|Venue||Hazeltine National Golf Club|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
The 41st Ryder Cup Matches were held in the United States from September 30 to October 2, 2016, at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. Europe entered the competition as the cup holders, having won in 2014 in Scotland for their third consecutive win.
The United States won for the first time since 2008 at Valhalla, and featured the most lopsided American victory since a 9-point win in 1981 at Walton Heath. As in 2008, the U.S. never trailed during the tournament. Ryan Moore defeated Lee Westwood by 1 hole to reclaim the Cup with three matches still in progress. Captain Davis Love III dedicated the win to Arnold Palmer, who had died five days before the competition at the age of 87 while awaiting heart surgery. A bag from Palmer's captaincy in 1975 at Laurel Valley was placed on the first tee during Friday's opening foursomes to honor "The King", and Team USA also swept the opening foursomes on Friday morning for the first time since 1975. Two days after the matches, the majority of Team USA attended Palmer's public memorial at Saint Vincent College in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and brought the trophy at the request of Palmer's daughter Amy. Palmer had also had a video tribute at the opening ceremony and tributes in remarks from both captains (Love and Darren Clarke) and both honorary captains (Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin).
- Day 1 (Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches
- Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches
- Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches
On the first two days there are 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches with the home captain choosing which are played in the morning and which in the afternoon.
With a total of 28 points available, 141⁄2 points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending champion, Europe, to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes according to the current format.
The order of holes is different from that normally used for the course. The front nine are current holes 1–4 and 14–18 while the back nine are current holes 10–13 and 5–9.
The 2016 Ryder Cup was televised in the United States by Golf Channel and NBC, which planned to provide 170 hours of coverage. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the event was broadcast by Sky Sports; the broadcaster re-branded its Sky Sports 4 channel as Sky Sports Ryder Cup for the week of the event, and planned to broadcast 240 hours of coverage.
Following the European victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup, the PGA of America created a "Ryder Cup Task Force". The Task Force consisted of three PGA officials and eight players with Ryder Cup experience. There were three previous Ryder Cup captains: Raymond Floyd, Tom Lehman and Davis Love III together with Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods. The Task Force considered a number of issues including the selection of the Ryder Cup captain and vice-captains and the team selection process.
The conclusions of the Task Force were announced on February 24, 2015, with the announcement of a number of changes for the 2016 contest. Davis Love III was selected as the captain, while new criteria were specified for the selection of vice-captains. In addition a number of changes were made to the team selection process for 2016. The 11-man Task Force was disbanded after the announcement and replaced with a smaller 6-man "Ryder Cup Committee" which included Love, Mickelson and Woods.
Team qualification and selection
The United States qualification rules were announced by the Task Force on February 24, 2015. The majority of the team was selected from the Ryder Cup points list which was based on prize money won in important tournaments. Generally one point was awarded for every $1,000 earned. The team consisted of:
- The leading eight players on the Ryder Cup points list, gained in the following events
- 2015 major championships
- 2015 World Golf Championship events and The Players Championship (half points)
- 2016 major championships (double points)
- 2016 PGA Tour events. Qualifying events in this category were those played between January 1 and August 28, 2016, including The Barclays. "Alternate" events (those played opposite a major or WGC event) did not earn points
- Four captain's picks
There were a number of changes from 2014. The number of captain's picks was increased from three to four with the selections being made later than previously, especially moving the fourth and last pick to less than a week before the Ryder Cup, right after the completion of the Tour Championship. The qualifying events included both the 2015 World Golf Championships events and The Players Championship, on top of the four 2015 major championships as in previous years, but only included 2016 PGA Tour events actually played in 2016, thus excluded any other event played in 2015. The qualifying period was also extended because the Olympic Games had moved the timeslot for the 2016 PGA Championship which took place already at the end of July.
The leading 15 players (and including the last captain's pick who was in 20th place) in the final points list were:
|10||J. B. Holmes||4179.466|
Players in qualifying places are shown in green. Captain's picks are shown in yellow.
- The leading four players on the Ryder Cup European Points List
- The leading five players, not qualified above, on the Ryder Cup World Points List
- Total World Rankings Points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events starting on September 3, 2015 (the start date of the M2M Russian Open), and ending with the Made in Denmark tournament that finished on August 28, 2016, except that (i) all events in the week finishing on August 14, 2016 (the week of the men's Olympic tournament), were excluded and (ii) only the Made in Denmark tournament ending on August 28, 2016, was counted for that week. The Open de France was allocated Ryder Cup points based on the OWGR points scale for a tournament whose winner earns 64 OWGR points, though the winner actually only earned 42 OWGR points.
- Three captain's picks
- Announced in the week starting August 29, 2016.
Only European members of the European Tour were eligible for the team and players could only earn points in the above two lists while they were a member of the European Tour. Paul Casey was not a member of the European Tour and was ineligible to earn points or be selected to the team. Russell Knox was not yet a member of the European Tour when he won the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions. Two weeks after that win, he took up membership in order to try to qualify for the Ryder Cup, but the money and the approximately 90 OWGR points he had earned since the start of the qualification period did not count toward his Ryder Cup point totals. If these OWGR points had counted, he would have qualified easily by finishing fourth on the world ranking list; instead, he finished in tenth place, 12.36 OWGR points from automatic qualification, and was not selected as a captain's pick.
The leading players in the European Ryder Cup points lists were:
- Players in qualifying places (Q) are shown in green; captain's picks (P) are shown in yellow; those in italics (q) qualified through the other points list.
Darren Clarke was named as the European captain on February 18, 2015. He was selected by a five-man selection panel consisting of the last three Ryder Cup captains: Paul McGinley, José María Olazábal, Colin Montgomerie, another ex-Ryder Cup player David Howell and the European Tour chief executive George O'Grady.
Each captain selects a number of vice-captains to assist him during the tournament.
Tom Lehman was named as a United States vice-captain at the same press conference that Love was named as captain. In November 2015 three more vice-captains were named: Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods. All three had been members of the American Task Force. On September 27, 2016, Love selected Bubba Watson as the fifth vice-captain.
|J. B. Holmes||34||10||21||1||3||2–0–1||83.33|
Captain's picks are shown in yellow. Davis Love III announced three captain's picks at 11:00 EDT on September 12. Ryan Moore was announced as the final captain's pick during halftime of the Sunday night NFL game on September 25. The world rankings and records are at the start of the 2016 Ryder Cup.
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||27||1||2||3||3||14||6–4–4||57.14|
The tournament began with the alternate shot foursomes in the morning followed by four fourball matches in the afternoon. The pairings for the foursomes were announced on Thursday September 29.
|Stenson/Rose||3 & 2||Spieth/Reed|
|García/Kaymer||4 & 2||Walker/Z. Johnson|
|Westwood/Pieters||5 & 4||D. Johnson/Kuchar|
|Rose/Stenson||5 & 4||Spieth/Reed|
|García/Cabrera-Bello||3 & 2||Holmes/Moore|
|Kaymer/Willett||5 & 4||Snedeker/Koepka|
|McIlroy/Pieters||3 & 2||D. Johnson/Kuchar|
|McIlroy/Pieters||4 & 2||Fowler/Mickelson|
|Stenson/Fitzpatrick||3 & 2||Snedeker/Koepka|
|Rose/Wood||1 up||Walker/Z. Johnson|
Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth played together for the fourth time in the 2016 Ryder Cup and, having been paired together three times in 2014, became the first American pairing to play seven matches. By winning their match they also equaled the American record of 5 points set by Gardner Dickinson and Arnold Palmer in 1967 and 1971.
|McIlroy/Pieters||3 & 1||Koepka/D. Johnson|
|Kaymer/García||2 & 1||Mickelson/Kuchar|
|Rose/Stenson||2 & 1||Reed/Spieth|
Sunday's singles matches
The deciding moment for the USA with reaching 141⁄2 points to clinch victory belonged to Ryan Moore who defeated Lee Westwood on the 18th green. Thomas Pieters became the first European rookie to score 4 points, beating the previous record of 31⁄2 set by Paul Way in 1983 and by Sergio García and Paul Lawrie in 1999.
|Rory McIlroy||1 up||Patrick Reed||2nd: 71⁄2–101⁄2|
|Henrik Stenson||3 & 2||Jordan Spieth||1st: 71⁄2–91⁄2|
|Thomas Pieters||3 & 2||J. B. Holmes||3rd: 81⁄2–101⁄2|
|Justin Rose||1 up||Rickie Fowler||5th: 91⁄2–111⁄2|
|Rafa Cabrera-Bello||3 & 2||Jimmy Walker||4th: 91⁄2–101⁄2|
|Sergio García||halved||Phil Mickelson||7th: 10–13|
|Lee Westwood||1 up||Ryan Moore||9th: 10–15|
|Andy Sullivan||3 & 1||Brandt Snedeker||8th: 10–14|
|Chris Wood||1 up||Dustin Johnson||11th: 10–17|
|Danny Willett||5 & 4||Brooks Koepka||6th: 91⁄2–121⁄2|
|Martin Kaymer||1 up||Matt Kuchar||12th: 11–17|
|Matt Fitzpatrick||4 & 3||Zach Johnson||10th: 10–16|
Individual player records
Each entry refers to the win–loss–half record of the player.
|J. B. Holmes||1||3||1–2–0||0–1–0||0–0–0||1–1–0|
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