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2021 Ryder Cup

Men's golf competition between the United States and Europe in September 2021

43rd Ryder Cup Matches
DatesSeptember 24–26, 2021
VenueWhistling Straits
LocationHaven, Wisconsin
Captains
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United States wins the Ryder Cup
Location Map
Whistling Straits
Location in the United States
Whistling Straits
Location in Wisconsin

The 43rd Ryder Cup Matches were held in the United States from September 24–26, 2021, on the Straits course at Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin. Europe was the holder of the Ryder Cup after its win over the United States in 2018 at Le Golf National.

The United States, fielding its youngest team in its history, regained the Ryder Cup in 2021 with a record 19–9 victory.[1] This was the largest margin of victory in a Ryder Cup since 1967. Continental Europe joined the Ryder Cup in 1979; this is Europe's heaviest defeat in Ryder Cup history.[1][2] Combined with its 2016 win at Hazeltine, the United States won back-to-back Ryder Cups on home soil for the first time since 1979 and 1983.[3]

Due to several tournaments, including a number of majors, shifting their schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic (including one major being canceled and one being moved to November), the Ryder Cup was originally scheduled to take place only five days after the final round of the rescheduled U.S. Open, from September 25 to 27, 2020.[4]

On July 8, 2020, the PGA of America announced the postponement of the event to September 24 to 26, 2021, because of the pandemic. The next Ryder Cup will now be held in 2023 and further odd years, while the Presidents Cup was also rescheduled into 2022 and further even years, resetting the yearly rotation of both events to how they were scheduled before the September 11 attacks in 2001.[5]

Format

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The event took place from September 24–26, 2021 at the Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.[6] The event was played over three days, with four foursomes (alternate shots) and four fourball matches on the first day. The second day followed with the same matches, and the third day had twelve singles matches.[6] The event was played between teams of twelve representing the United States and Europe. As the hosting team, the United States captain determined which matches were played during the morning session, and which were played in the afternoon.[6]

With a total of 28 points available, 1412 points were required to win the Cup, and 14 points were required for the defending champion to retain the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.

Team selection

United States

The United States qualification rules were announced on February 20, 2019.[7] These were amended on August 5, 2020.[8] The qualification rules are similar to those used for the 2018 Ryder Cup. The majority of the team are selected from the Ryder Cup points list, which is based on prize money won in important tournaments, with one point awarded for every $1,000 earned unless otherwise stated below. The team consists of:

  • The leading six players on the Ryder Cup points list gained in the following events:[9]
    • 2019 major championships, 1 point per $1,000 earned.
    • 2019 World Golf Championship events and The Players Championship, 1 point per $2,000 earned.
    • 2020 major championships (double points for the winner, 1.5 times points for those who make the cut).
    • 2020 PGA Tour events. Qualifying events in this category are those played between January 1 and the conclusion of the Mayakoba Golf Classic on December 6, 2020 (previously August 23, 2020, the date of the BMW Championship). "Alternate" events (those played opposite a major or WGC event) do not earn points.
    • 2021 PGA Tour events. Qualifying events in this category are those played between January 10 and the conclusion of the BMW Championship. "Alternate" events (those played opposite a major or WGC event) do not earn points.
    • 2021 major championships (double points for the winner, 1.5 times points for those who make the cut).
  • Six captain's picks
    • Announced on September 8, 2021, three days after the conclusion of the Tour Championship

The leading 15 players in the final points list after the final qualifying event, the BMW Championship, were:[10][11]

Position Name Points
1 Collin Morikawa (Q) 18,883.82
2 Dustin Johnson (Q) 18,058.24
3 Bryson DeChambeau (Q) 17,367.91
4 Brooks Koepka (Q) 15,418.06
5 Justin Thomas (Q) 15,269.82
6 Patrick Cantlay (Q) 13,391.33
7 Tony Finau (P) 12,970.65
8 Xander Schauffele (P) 12,730.20
9 Jordan Spieth (P) 12,462.51
10 Harris English (P) 11,605.30
11 Patrick Reed 10,931.70
12 Daniel Berger (P) 10,906.57
13 Webb Simpson 9,833.89
14 Scottie Scheffler (P) 9,295.80
15 Jason Kokrak 8,345.03
Players in qualifying places (Q) are shown in green; captain's picks (P) are shown in yellow.

Europe

The European team qualification rules were announced on May 8, 2019. There was one significant change from the previous Ryder Cup, with the number of captain's picks reduced from four to three.[12][13] Following the postponement, points were frozen from after the Qatar Masters until January 1, 2021, with the new end date and amendments to the points multipliers expected to be announced before then.[14] The team consisted of:

  • The leading four players on the Race to Dubai Points List[15]
    • Points earned in all Race to Dubai tournaments starting in September 2019 with the BMW PGA Championship and ending with the BMW PGA Championship in September 2020. Points earned in the later events of 2020 were multiplied by 1.5.
    • The leading four members on The Ryder Cup European Points List on September 12, 2021 (or as at the conclusion of the BMW PGA Championship, whichever was the latter and so long as such tournament concluded no later than September 13, 2021).
  • The leading five players, not qualified above, on the World Points List[15]
    • Total World Points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events starting in September 2019 with the BMW PGA Championship and ending with the BMW PGA Championship in September 2020. Points earned in the later events of 2020 were multiplied by 1.5. No World points were earned from tournaments staged opposite Rolex Series tournaments in both 2019 and 2020.
    • The leading five members, not otherwise qualified above, on The Ryder Cup World Points List on Sunday, September 12, 2021 (or at the conclusion of the BMW PGA Championship, whichever was the latter and so long as such tournament concluded no later than September 13, 2021).
  • Three captain's picks
    • The captain, Padraig Harrington, chose the remaining three members on September 12, 2021.[16]

The leading players in the final point lists[17][18] 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.

Teams

Team captains at the one year to go 2020 Ryder Cup press conference in 2019

Captains

Both team captains were announced in early 2019; Pádraig Harrington was named as the European team captain on January 8,[19] and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker as the U.S. team captain on February 20.[20]

Vice-captains

For the U.S. team, in October 2019, Stricker announced Jim Furyk as his first vice-captain.[21] On May 11, 2020, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III were revealed as the next two vice-captains.[22] On September 1, 2021, Stricker named his final two vice-captains, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples.[23]

For the European team, in September 2019, Harrington announced Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain.[24] In May 2020, he accidentally revealed Luke Donald as his second vice-captain during an interview. In June 2021, Harrington announced two more of his vice-captains, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell.[25] On September 15, 2021, nine days ahead of the tournament, Henrik Stenson was named as the fifth and final European vice-captain.[26]

Players

United States team
Name Age Points
rank
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches Record Win
percentage
Collin Morikawa 24 1 3 0 Rookie
Dustin Johnson 37 2 2 4 16 7–9–0 43.75
Bryson DeChambeau 28 3 7 1 3 0–3–0 0.00
Brooks Koepka 31 4 10 2 8 4–3–1 56.25
Justin Thomas 28 5 6 1 5 4–1–0 80.00
Patrick Cantlay 29 6 4 0 Rookie
Tony Finau (P) 32 7 9 1 3 2–1–0 66.67
Xander Schauffele (P) 27 8 5 0 Rookie
Jordan Spieth (P) 28 9 13 3 14 7–5–2 57.14
Harris English (P) 32 10 11 0 Rookie
Daniel Berger (P) 28 12 16 0 Rookie
Scottie Scheffler (P) 25 14 21 0 Rookie

The hosting United States team contained eight (of their twelve) players in the top 10 of the world rankings,[27][28] whilst also containing eight players under the age of 30 and six rookies, the most in one team since 2008.[29] Based on the Official World Golf Rankings prior to the event, ten of the U.S. players were ranked ahead of Europe's second-highest-ranked player (No. 14, Viktor Hovland).[30]

Europe team
Name Country Age Points rank
(European)
Points rank
(World)
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches Record Win
percentage
Jon Rahm  Spain 26 1 1 1 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
Tommy Fleetwood  England 30 2 7 37 1 5 4–1–0 80.00
Tyrrell Hatton  England 29 3 5 19 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
Bernd Wiesberger  Austria 35 4 11 63 0 Rookie
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 32 6 2 15 5 24 11–9–4 54.17
Viktor Hovland  Norway 24 12 3 14 0 Rookie
Paul Casey  England 44 7 4 24 4 12 4–3–5 54.17
Matthew Fitzpatrick  England 27 5 6 27 1 2 0–2–0 0.00
Lee Westwood  England 48 17 8 35 10 44 20–18–6 52.27
Shane Lowry (P)  Ireland 34 15 9 41 0 Rookie
Sergio García (P)  Spain 41 19 10 43 9 41 22–12–7 62.20
Ian Poulter (P)  England 45 23 14 50 6 22 14–6–2 68.18
Captain's picks (P) are shown in yellow. World rankings and match records are prior to the start of the 2021 Ryder Cup.

Viktor Hovland (Norway) and Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) were the first players from their countries to qualify for a Ryder Cup team. Lee Westwood was the oldest player to represent the European team since Christy O'Connor Snr in 1973.[31]

Event summary

Friday's matches

The opening round of four foursomes matches started at 7:05 am local time. Pairings were announced at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday.[32] The first point was won by Europe, with Jon Rahm and Sergio García winning, 3 and 1, against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. The first point for the United States was won by Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa winning, 3 and 2, against Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland. After winning the first five holes, the second American point was won by Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele by winning 5 and 3, over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter. The final point of the session, third overall for the United States to take a 3–1 lead was won by Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger winning, 2 and 1, against Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick.[33]

Results
Rahm/García 3 & 1 Thomas/Spieth
Casey/Hovland 3 & 2 Johnson/Morikawa
Westwood/Fitzpatrick 2 & 1 Koepka/Berger
McIlroy/Poulter 5 & 3 Cantlay/Schauffele
1 Session 3
1 Overall 3

The first result of the afternoon fourball matches came in the third match, which Tony Finau and Harris English won, 4 and 3, over Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry, giving Team USA an overall 4–1 lead. Team USA won the second point of the session when Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele won, 2 and 1, against Paul Casey and Bernd Wiesberger, giving the Americans a 5–1 lead. The second overall match and third points of the session was tied between Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton, giving the United States a 512–112 lead. In the final match, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay tied their match with Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland giving the Americans 3 points to Europe's 1 point for the afternoon session. The United States ended day 1 with a 6–2 lead, the largest first-day lead for either side since the 2004 Ryder Cup.[34][35]

Results
Casey/Wiesberger 2 & 1 Johnson/Schauffele
Rahm/Hatton tied DeChambeau/Scheffler
McIlroy/Lowry 4 & 3 Finau/English
Fleetwood/Hovland tied Thomas/Cantlay
1 Session 3
2 Overall 6

Saturday's matches

Rahm and García won the opening foursomes match, 3 and 1, against Koepka and Berger, despite being three down after five holes. Johnson and Morikawa won six of the first nine holes on their way to winning 2 and 1 over Casey and Hatton. Spieth and Thomas won their first points of the week with a 2 up victory over Wiesberger and Hovland. Cantlay and Schauffele won their second match as partners, earning the Americans their third point of the session with a 2 and 1 victory against Westwood and Fitzpatrick. The United States team ended the Saturday morning session with a 9–3 lead.[36]

Results
Rahm/García 3 & 1 Koepka/Berger
Casey/Hatton 2 & 1 Johnson/Morikawa
Hovland/Wiesberger 2 up Thomas/Spieth
Westwood/Fitzpatrick 2 & 1 Schauffele/Cantlay
1 Session 3
3 Overall 9

In the afternoon fourball matches, Lowry and Hatton both earned their first full point of the week with a 1 up victory over Finau and English. Rahm and García continued their dominance as a pairing, earning their third point as partners with a 2 and 1 win against Koepka and Spieth. The third match of the day was all square through 13 holes but the American pairing of Scheffler and DeChambeau won the next four holes for a 3 and 1 victory against Fleetwood and Hovland. The final match of the day saw Johnson and Morikawa earn their third overall point as a pairing with a 4 and 3 victory against Poulter and McIlroy. With the session shared 2–2, the United States team maintained its six-point lead. The 11–5 lead was the largest lead through two days of a Ryder Cup since 1975.[37][38]

Results
Lowry/Hatton 1 up Finau/English
Rahm/García 2 & 1 Koepka/Spieth
Fleetwood/Hovland 3 & 1 Scheffler/DeChambeau
Poulter/McIlroy 4 & 3 Johnson/Morikawa
2 Session 2
5 Overall 11

Sunday's matches

Team Europe won the opening singles match of the day when McIlroy defeated Schauffele, 3 and 2, however the United States team went on to win six of the next eight matches to regain the Ryder Cup. Scheffler birdied five of the first six holes and ultimately defeated the previously unbeaten Rahm, 4 and 3; Cantlay remained unbeaten for the week with a 4 and 2 victory over Lowry; and DeChambeau, having eagled the opening hole after driving the green, never trailed in his 3 and 2 win over García to take the team to 14 points. The cup winning 12 point came when Morikawa and Hovland tied their match, bringing the overall score to 1412–612.[39]

In the remaining matches, Koepka defeated Wiesberger, 2 and 1; Thomas won five of the first nine holes in defeating Tyrrell Hatton, 4 and 3; Johnson made 8 birdies in his 1 up victory against Casey, going a record tying 5–0–0 on the week; team Europe earned two full points when Poulter won, 3 and 2, against Finau and Westwood won the 18th hole for a 1 up victory over English; Spieth and Fleetwood tied their match. Finally, Berger secured a 1 up victory over Fitzpatrick to give the United States team a record 19 points.[40]

The United States went 7–3–2 in singles matches to defeat Europe 19–9. This was the largest margin of victory in a Ryder Cup since the United States beat Great Britain and Ireland by 10 points in 1975 (in a format in which 32 rather than 28 match points were decided).[41]

Results Timetable
Rory McIlroy 3 & 2 Xander Schauffele 1st: 6–11
Shane Lowry 4 & 2 Patrick Cantlay 3rd: 6–13
Jon Rahm 4 & 3 Scottie Scheffler 2nd: 6–12
Sergio García 3 & 2 Bryson DeChambeau 4th: 6–14
Viktor Hovland tied Collin Morikawa 5th: 612–1412
Paul Casey 1 up Dustin Johnson 8th: 6121712
Bernd Wiesberger 2 & 1 Brooks Koepka 6th: 6121512
Ian Poulter 3 & 2 Tony Finau 9th: 712–1712
Tyrrell Hatton 4 & 3 Justin Thomas 7th: 6121612
Lee Westwood 1 up Harris English 10th: 812–1712
Tommy Fleetwood tied Jordan Spieth 11th: 9–18
Matthew Fitzpatrick 1 up Daniel Berger 12th: 9–19
4 Session 8
9 Overall 19

Source:[42]

Individual player records

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Tie record of the player.[43][44]

United States

Player Points Matches Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Daniel Berger 2 3 2–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
Patrick Cantlay 3.5 4 3–0–1 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–0–1
Bryson DeChambeau 2.5 3 2–0–1 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–1
Harris English 1 3 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 1–1–0
Tony Finau 1 3 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 1–1–0
Dustin Johnson 5 5 5–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 2–0–0
Brooks Koepka 2 4 2–2–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–1–0
Collin Morikawa 3.5 4 3–0–1 0–0–1 2–0–0 1–0–0
Xander Schauffele 3 4 3–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Scottie Scheffler 2.5 3 2–0–1 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–1
Jordan Spieth 1.5 4 1–2–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 0–1–0
Justin Thomas 2.5 4 2–1–1 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–1

Europe

Player Points Matches Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Paul Casey 0 4 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Matthew Fitzpatrick 0 3 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–0–0
Tommy Fleetwood 1 3 0–1–2 0–0–1 0–0–0 0–1–1
Sergio García 3 4 3–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Tyrrell Hatton 1.5 4 1–2–1 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–1
Viktor Hovland 1 5 0–3–2 0–0–1 0–2–0 0–1–1
Shane Lowry 1 3 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 1–1–0
Rory McIlroy 1 4 1–3–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Ian Poulter 1 3 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Jon Rahm 3.5 5 3–1–1 0–1–0 2–0–0 1–0–1
Lee Westwood 1 3 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 0–0–0
Bernd Wiesberger 0 3 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0

Media

The 2021 Ryder Cup was televised in the United States by Golf Channel, NBC and on NBC streaming site Peacock. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the event was broadcast by Sky Sports; the broadcaster re-branded its Sky Sports Golf channel as Sky Sports Ryder Cup for the week of the event. Highlights were also shown on BBC each night.

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