Arguably the greatest golf show in town rolls around this week with the Ryder Cup coming to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Since Team Great Britain and Ireland became Team Europe, the Europeans hold a 11-8 (1 tie) winning record over the Americans have claimed 4 out of the last 5 Ryder Cups.
Team captains Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker settled on their extra selections to make up the teams but weren’t without controversy. Justin Rose was unexpectedly left out of the European Team while Patrick Reed was expectedly left out of the American team.
You don’t want to miss this always raucous, epic matchplay event that has produced some of the most memorable moments in professional golf history. Our favourite, the Meltdown at Medinah in 2012.
And don’t get confused by the 2020 Ryder Cup this year. Like the Olympics, they’re still calling it the 2020 Ryder Cup despite being held in 2021. All due to COVID of course.
If you need to get across the news, the course and the teams ahead of the action starting on Friday evening (Australian time), here is what you need to know.
RYDER CUP SCORES
The Official Ryder Cup website is probably your best place to get all the up to date scores. You’ll have to pick a side though (which is bloody annoying).
RYDER CUP TEAMS
RYDER CUP PREVIEWS
Jimmy Emmanuel’s Ryder Cup preview over at Golf Australia Magazine is worth your time.
John Huggan compiled a list of everything Padraig Harrington must know to “Spank the Yanks” and summarized Europe’s more recent Ryder Cup dominance.
HOW TO WATCH: FoxSports and Kayo have the live coverage in Australia
Brooks Koepka displayed some great team spirit when he declared The Ryder Cup “a bit odd” and he “doesn’t want to say it’s a bad week”.
Koepka and DeChambeau are at least talking to each other again. Kinda. Is there a surprise in store this week?
Butch Harmon thinks DeChambeau and Kopeka should be paired together.
Justin Rose was controversially overlooked as a captain’s pick on the European Ryder Cup team despite having a 13-8-2 winning percentage in five previous Ryder Cups and grabbing two top-10 finishes in his last two starts.
Patrick Reed was left out of the American team.
Merch alert: Team Europe will be wearing numbers for the first time.
There will be a controversial COVID-19 rule in place this week for anyone who tests positive during The Ryder Cup.
THE GOLF COURSE: Whistling Straits
Whistling Straits will host The Ryder Cup for the first time and it will be a fantastic venue to watch match play golf.
It has previously held a number of big golf tournaments including the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championship’s when Jason Day was victorious.