Comprehensive guide to the Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup: 43rd edition
Where: Whistling Straits Golf Course, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
When: Sept. 24-26

After being pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 43rd Ryder Cup will finally be played at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin this week. The format will once again be four foursome matches (alternate shot) on both Friday and Saturday mornings with four games of four-ball (better ball) in each of the afternoons. The event will conclude with 12 singles matches Sunday to determine the winner of the coveted Cup.

Team profiles


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Led by World No. 1 Jon Rahm and superstar Rory McIlroy, the European team also features Ryder Cup veterans Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter. The star from Paris, Tommy Fleetwood, will feature as well. See the full power rankings of the European team.

United States

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The Americans come to Whistling Straits as the betting favorites to win just their second Ryder Cup since 2008. Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson headline the veterans on the squad, with stars Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Patrick Cantlay set to make their first appearance in the event. See the full power rankings of the American team.

How to watch (All times ET)

United States

Date Time Channel
Sept. 24 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. GOLF
Sept. 25 8.00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. GOLF
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. NBC
Sept. 26 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. NBC


Date Time Channel
Sept. 24 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. GOLF
Sept. 25 8.00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. GOLF
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. TSN1/4
Sept. 26 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. TSN1

Ryder Cup reads

The disrupter: DeChambeau brings game, baggage to Ryder Cup

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The most talked-about golfer in the world comes to Whistling Straits with no signs of laying low. Bryson DeChambeau will make his second career start at the Ryder Cup hoping for a different result than his disastrous 0-3 showing in Paris. There's also his months-long feud with teammate Brooks Koepka, his rigorous training for next week's long drive championship prior to the Ryder Cup, and the often-discussed question as to who he'll partner with. Read more.

Azinger: Koepka should relinquish his spot on Ryder Cup team after comments

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As if the American Ryder Cup team needed more drama, Koepka's desire to be part of the event has been called into question after a wide-ranging interview in Golf Digest. The four-time major champion admitted switching from the PGA TOUR's individual game to the Ryder Cup's team atmosphere can be "hectic" and "odd," causing NBC analyst, and former U.S. Captain, Paul Azinger to question whether the 31-year-old should pull out of the event. Read more.

No Tiger. No Phil - and maybe a U.S. Ryder Cup victory

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For the first time since 1995, neither Tiger Woods nor Phil Mickelson will strike a shot in the Ryder Cup. Mickelson looked to be trending toward a selection after his shock win at the PGA Championship in May, but his poor play for the remainder of the season saw him fall out of contention. Instead, he'll settle for a vice-captain's role in Wisconsin. Woods continues his recovery from his car accident earlier this year, but he'll likely communicate to the team throughout. With the old guard now relegated to supporting roles, will the influx of young talent be the change the United States needs to win the Ryder Cup again? Read more.

The course

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Pete Dye made his name with devilish designs littered across the globe, and the layout at Whistling Straits is no different. While the course isn't a true links-style track, it resembles something you'd be more likely to see in the United Kingdom than just off the coast of Lake Michigan.

Whistling Straits will play as a 7,390-yard, par 71 for the week, with plenty of risk-reward holes dotting the property. Dye didn't wait long to get players' minds racing, as the first hole for the Ryder Cup will be a 364-yard par 4 that the longest hitters may threaten to drive if the wind is right.

Outside of the massive Lake Michigan running alongside many holes, the most noticeable thing about Whistling Straits is the seemingly endless bunkers. There are more than 1,000 bunkers around the course, with the eighth hole featuring the most with 102.

Ryder Cup news

Previous winners

2018: Europe 17.5-10.5
2016: United States 17-11
2014: Europe 16.5-11.5
2012: Europe 14.5-13.5
2010: Europe 14.5-13.5
2008: United States 16.5-11.5
2006: Europe 18.5-9.5
2004: Europe 18.5-9.5
2002: Europe 15.5-12.5

Comprehensive guide to the Ryder Cup
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