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The Ryder Cup is a golf event that features two teams from the United States and Europe going head-to-head over a three-day period. Each team consists of 12 golfers. Those golfers are selected to the team either on rankings or by the team's captain.

The golfers from each team will compete against one another in 8 foursome matches, 8 fourball matches and 12 single matches. Each match is worth one point and if a match ends up tied then both teams are awarded a half-point.

The first team to earn 14 ½ points will win the Ryder Cup. If both teams are tied after all the matches are played, then the team that won the previous year will be considered the winner and will keep the Ryder Cup.

Team Europe captured the 2018 event by defeating the United States 17.5-10.5 at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. The win by Europe was the most lopsided victory since consecutive 18 1/2-9 1/2 victories by Europe more than a decade ago when the Americans looked utterly lost.

The Ryder Cup takes place every two years and the venue is alternated between golf courses in the U.S. and Europe. The 2020 Ryder Cup will take place at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


YearWinnerWinnerGolf CourseLocation
2018Europe17½-10½Albatros Course of Le Golf NationalSaint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
2016United States17-11Hazeltine National Golf ClubMedinah, Illinois
2014Europe16½-11½Medinah Country ClubNewport, Wales
2012Europe14½-13½Celtic Manor Resort, Twenty Ten CourseLouisville, Kentucky
2010Europe14½-13½Valhalla Golf ClubCounty Kildare, Ireland
2008United States16½-11½K Club, Palmer Course StraffanBloomfield Hills, Michigan
2006Europe18½-9½Oakland Hills Country Club, South CourseWarwickshire, England
2004Europe18½-9½The Belfry, Brabazon Course WishawBrookline, Massachusetts
2002Europe15½-12½The Country Club, Composite CourseSotogrande, Andalusia, Spain
1999United States14½-13½Valderrama Golf ClubRochester, New York
1997Europe14½-13½Oak Hill Country Club, East CourseWishaw, Warwickshire, England
1995Europe14½-13½The Belfry, Brabazon CourseKiawah Island, South Carolina
1993United States15-13Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean CourseWishaw, Warwickshire, England
1991United States14½-13½The Belfry, Brabazon CourseDublin, Ohio
1989Europe14-14Muirfield VillageWishaw, Warwickshire, England
1987Europe15-13The Belfry, Brabazon CoursePalm Beach Gardens, Florida
1985Europe16½-11½PGA National Golf ClubWalton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England
1983United States14½-13½Walton Heath Golf ClubWhite Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
1981United States18½-9½The Greenbrier, The Greenbrier CourseLytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
1979United States17-11Great Britain & Ireland Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubLigonier, Pennsylvania
1977United States12½-7½Great Britain & Ireland Laurel Valley Golf ClubGullane, East Lothian, Scotland
1975United States21-11Great Britain & Ireland MuirfieldSt. Louis, Missouri
1973United States19-13Old Warson Country ClubSouthport, Lancashire, England
1971United States18½-13½Royal Birkdale Golf ClubHouston, Texas
1969United States16-16Champions Golf ClubSouthport, Lancashire, England
1967United States23½-8½Royal Birkdale Golf ClubAtlanta, Georgia
1965United States19½-12½East Lake Golf ClubLytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
1963United States23-9Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubIndian Wells, California
1961United States14½-9½Eldorado Golf ClubRotherham, Yorkshire, England
1959United States8½-3½Lindrick Golf ClubRancho Mirage, California
1957Great Britain7½-4½Thunderbird Country ClubVirginia Water, Surrey, England
1955United States8-4Wentworth ClubPinehurst, North Carolina
1953United States6½-5½Pinehurst Resort Course No. 2Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
1951United States9½-2½Ganton Golf ClubPortland, Oregon
1949United States7-5Portland Golf ClubSouthport, Lancashire, England
1947United States11-1Southport and Ainsdale Golf ClubParamus, New Jersey
1937United States8-4Ridgewood Country ClubSouthport, Lancashire, England
1935United States9-3Southport and Ainsdale Golf ClubColumbus, Ohio
1933Great Britain6½-5½Scioto Country ClubLeeds, Yorkshire, England
1931United States9-3Moortown Golf ClubWorcester, Massachusetts
1929Great Britain7-5Worcester Country ClubWorcester, Massachusetts
1927United States9½-2½Worcester Country Club