2018 Ryder Cup
|Dates||28–30 September 2018|
|Venue||Le Golf National, Albatros Course|
|Europe wins the Ryder Cup|
The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches were held in France from 28 to 30 September 2018 on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt, a suburb southwest of Paris. It was the second Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe (rather than Great Britain or Ireland), after the 1997 contest, which was held in Spain. The United States were the defending champions, but had lost the last five matches in Europe, having last won there in 1993. Europe regained the Ryder Cup, winning by 17½ points to 10½.
- 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 were four fourball matches in the morning and four foursome matches in the afternoon.
With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points were required to win the Cup, and 14 points were required for the defending champion, the United States, to retain the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
Bidding for the 2018 Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup Europe confirmed originally six countries—France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden—to be interested in bidding for the 2018 Ryder Cup. The deadline for the submission of bids was set for 30 April 2010; Sweden withdrew from the bidding early that month, while the Spanish bidding host city of Tres Cantos showed poor popular support.
There were five bids to host the event:
- France: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
- Germany: Neuburg/Rohrenfeld
- Portugal: Lisbon/Comporta, Alentejo Coast
- Spain: Madrid/Guadarrama
- Netherlands: Rotterdam/Lingewaal
Team qualification and selection
The European team qualification rules were announced on 18 January 2017. There were a number of changes compared to 2016 with an increase in the number of captain's picks from three to four, based on recommendations from the analytics team behind Team Europe. The team consisted of:
- The leading four players on the Race to Dubai Points List
- The leading four players, not qualified above, on the World Points List
- Total World Points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events starting on 31 August 2017 (the start date of the D+D Real Czech Masters) and ending on 26 August 2018 and thereafter only at the Made in Denmark tournament. Points earned from the date of the 2018 BMW PGA Championship onwards, were multiplied by 1.5. No World points were earned from tournaments staged opposite Rolex Series tournaments in both 2017 and 2018.
- Four captain's picks
Membership criteria for the European Tour were reduced from five tournaments to four (outside the majors and WGCs) for the 2018 season. As in previous Ryder Cups, all players had to be members of the European Tour to be eligible to play for Europe. Changes were also made to the eligibility of future captains and vice-captains.
The leading 15 players in the final Ryder Cup European point list were:
Players in qualifying places are shown in green.
The leading 15 players in the final Ryder Cup world point list were:
Players in qualifying places are shown in green. Captain's picks are shown in yellow. Players written in italics qualified through the European points list above.
The United States qualification rules were announced on 8 February 2017. The majority of the team were 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
- 2017 major championships
- 2017 World Golf Championship events and The Players Championship (half points)
- 2018 major championships (double points for the winner, 50% extra for those who make the cut)
- 2018 PGA Tour events. Qualifying events in this category were those played between 1 January and 12 August 2018, the date of the PGA Championship, and including the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event. "Alternate" events (those played opposite a major or WGC event) did not earn points
- Four captain's picks
The qualification rules were similar to those used for the 2016 Ryder Cup. The points given for the 2018 season major championships were reduced from double to 50% extra (except for the winner who still received double points). The dates on which the captain's picks were made were brought forward by one or two weeks.
Players in qualifying places are shown in green. Captain's picks are shown in yellow.
Thomas Bjørn was named as the European captain on 6 December 2016. He was chosen by a five-man panel made up of the three most recent European Ryder Cup captains (Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and José María Olazábal), the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, and European Tour Tournament Committee member Henrik Stenson.
Each captain selected a number of vice-captains to assist him during the tournament.
Bjørn selected Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain in May 2017. In May 2018 he selected four more vice-captains: Luke Donald, Pádraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood. Raphaël Jacquelin was also on hand for the Europeans, as an assistant.
On 4 September 2018, Furyk named David Duval, Zach Johnson, and Matt Kuchar as additional vice-captains. Tiger Woods, who had previously been named a vice-captain, would no longer serve in this position as he was chosen to be one of Furyk's captain's picks.
|Thomas Bjørn||Denmark||47||Non-playing captain|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||29||7||4||6||4||19||9–6–4||57.89|
Captain's picks are shown in yellow. Jim Furyk announced three captain's picks at 5 pm EDT on 4 September. The final captain's pick was announced on 10 September after the conclusion of the BMW Championship. The world rankings and records are at the start of the 2018 Ryder Cup.
|United States team|
|Jim Furyk||48||Non-playing captain|
The opening round of four fourball matches started at 8:10 am local time. Pairings were announced after the Opening Ceremony on Thursday. The first point of the 2018 Ryder Cup was won by Team USA, with Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler winning 4 & 2 against Rory McIlroy and Thorbjørn Olesen. Despite being two up with six holes to play, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose lost out to Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau on the 18th hole, while Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas also won by one against Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton, putting Team USA 3–0 ahead. A spectator struck by Koepka's drive on the 6th hole lost the sight in one eye. Coming back from two down, Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari defeated Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed 3 & 1 to secure Team Europe's first point of the tournament, and to end the first morning 3–1 in favour of Team USA.
|McIlroy/Olesen||4 & 2||Johnson/Fowler|
|Molinari/Fleetwood||3 & 1||Reed/Woods|
Europe's first clean sweep of the afternoon foursomes in the history of the Ryder Cup saw Team Europe end the day 5–3 ahead of Team USA. Sergio García and Alex Norén won 5 & 4 over Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter came from two down after the first three holes to beat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4 & 2, Fleetwood and Molinari repeated their morning success with a 4 & 3 win over Spieth and Thomas, while Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson beat Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler 3 & 2.
|Stenson/Rose||3 & 2||Johnson/Fowler|
|Poulter/McIlroy||4 & 2||Watson/Simpson|
|García/Norén||5 & 4||Mickelson/DeChambeau|
|Molinari/Fleetwood||5 & 4||Thomas/Spieth|
The Saturday fourballs saw Europe continue to dominate with wins for García/McIlroy (2 & 1) against Koepka and Finau, Casey/Hatton (3 & 2) against Fowler/Johnson and Molinari/Fleetwood (4 & 3) against Reed/Woods. Team USA secured their only point of the morning session with Thomas and Spieth defeating Poulter and Rahm 2 & 1, to leave the overall tournament at 8–4 in Team Europe's favour. Despite the strong performance, Team Europe captain Thomas Bjørn reiterated: "Nothing's won, we're just over the halfway stage. There's no bit happiness yet, there's still a determination and work to be done".
|García/McIlroy||2 & 1||Koepka/Finau|
|Casey/Hatton||3 & 2||Johnson/Fowler|
|Molinari/Fleetwood||4 & 3||Reed/Woods|
|Poulter/Rahm||2 & 1||Thomas/Spieth|
The afternoon session was drawn 2–2. It saw Team Europe's Molinari and Fleetwood win for the fourth time, a European record in the Ryder Cup, this time 5 & 4 over Woods and DeChambeau. Team USA's Spieth and Thomas defeated Poulter and McIlroy 4 & 3, while Simpson and Watson's green play saw them defeat Europe's García and Norén 3 & 2. The fourth pairing saw Rose and Stenson narrowly beat Johnson and Koepka 2 & 1 as a result of some good putting late in the round.
|Stenson/Rose||2 & 1||Johnson/Koepka|
|García/Norén||3 & 2||Watson/Simpson|
|Molinari/Fleetwood||5 & 4||Woods/DeChambeau|
|Poulter/McIlroy||4 & 3||Thomas/Spieth|
Sunday's singles matches
The United States put their best players at the top of the card on Sunday, and despite the four point deficit threatened a comeback in the singles, as they won 3.5 points from the first five matches. Justin Thomas beat Rory McIlroy on the final hole as the latter's approach found the water, and Tony Finau defeated the previously unbeaten Tommy Fleetwood 6 & 4. However, from then on Europe dominated, winning the next six matches to lead 16½–9½. Guarantees of at least a half-point each for García and Stenson (both of whom later got full points) meant that victory was already assured before the 14½-point winning post was officially reached when Phil Mickelson, already three holes down, found the water on the 16th hole and conceded the hole and match to Molinari, who became the first player for Europe to score what is now the maximum possible five points in a single Ryder Cup.[n 1] The remaining two matches were shared between the teams, leaving the final score 17½–10½ to Europe. Sergio García's singles win made him the all-time Ryder Cup points leader, with 25½ points in nine appearances, overtaking Nick Faldo's 25 points in 11 appearances.[n 2]
|Rory McIlroy||1 up||Justin Thomas||1st: 10–7|
|Paul Casey||halved||Brooks Koepka||2nd: 10½–7½|
|Justin Rose||3 & 2||Webb Simpson||3rd: 10½–8½|
|Jon Rahm||2 & 1||Tiger Woods||6th: 12½–9½|
|Tommy Fleetwood||6 & 4||Tony Finau||4th: 10½–9½|
|Ian Poulter||2 up||Dustin Johnson||7th: 13½–9½|
|Thorbjørn Olesen||5 & 4||Jordan Spieth||5th: 11½–9½|
|Sergio García||2 & 1||Rickie Fowler||10th: 16½–9½|
|Francesco Molinari||4 & 2||Phil Mickelson||8th: 14½–9½|
|Tyrrell Hatton||3 & 2||Patrick Reed||11th: 16½–10½|
|Henrik Stenson||5 & 4||Bubba Watson||9th: 15½–9½|
|Alex Norén||1 up||Bryson DeChambeau||12th: 17½–10½|
Individual player records
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
- Tony Jacklin got 5 points (from 6 matches - 4 wins and 2 ties) playing for Great Britain in 1969 while Peter Alliss won 5 of his 6 matches in 1965.
- Besides losing his points record to Sergio García, Nick Faldo was also overtaken by Phil Mickelson for most appearances (with 12 to Faldo's 11) and most matches played (with 47 to Faldo's 46). Mickelson also overtook Arnold Palmer for most singles matches played by a US player (with 12 to Palmer's 11); he also set a Ryder Cup record of 22 losses, one ahead of Tiger Woods, Neil Coles, and Christy O'Connor Snr (see European and American playing records).
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With the win, Garcia pushed his career Ryder Cup record to a sparkling 22-12-7 in nine appearances. The 25.5 total points passed the previous record long held by Nick Faldo, who was 23-19-4 in 11 Ryder Cups for Europe.
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Phil Mickelson will be making his 12th Ryder Cup appearance this year, breaking the tie with Nick Faldo for the most appearances among either team.
46 matches played — Nick Faldo Phil: 45 Most possible after 2018: 50
11 singles matches played — Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson (U.S. only) Phil: 11 Most possible after 2018: 12
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Mickelson, 48, ... wound up losing both his matches. He started the week by setting a record with his 12th Ryder Cup appearance. He ended it by setting a more dubious Ryder Cup record with 22 losses.
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