27 victories for the United States against 15 for the Continentals: this is the balance in the Ryder Cup history. In the last twenty editions the balance sheet is 12 European successes against eight Americans. In fact, in 1989 the challenge ended in a draw but the Old Continent managed to take the trophy home as title holder, just as happened to the USA in 1969.
Born in 1927, the Ryder Cup pits the United States and Europe against each other but only since 1979, because until 1971 the tournament took place between the American team and Great Britain, with a clear dominance of the United States.
In 1973 Great Britain was united with Ireland, while six years later the rest of continental Europe. And from that moment on, history has progressively changed. Scheduled from Friday to Sunday (24-26 September 2021) in Kohler, Wisconsin the Ryder Cup will be a real show, with the European team, holder of the title, arrived today on a charter flight from London.
Trophy on display and desire to repeat the masterpiece signed in Paris 2018. This is how the team of Padraig Harrington presented himself, who entertained his boys during the flight. Where the two teams (each made up of 12 players) will fight, as per tradition, for glory and prestige.
No cash prizes, with Europe united under a single flag and the United States supported by the public (there is still reserve on the number of expected spectators) and by a stellar team. Led by Steve Stricker, they will be able to count on eight of the best ten in the world.
These include Dustin Johnson (world number two) and Xander Schauffele, gold medalist at the Tokyo Games. Europe among its ranks instead boasts the strongest player in the world: the Spaniard Jon Rahm, king of the ranking. No Italians in the field.
And to think that in 2018 to lead Europe to triumph was the Turin Francesco Molinari who managed to win all five matches played and to achieve the decisive point, that of victory. The show will be preceded by the traditional Celebrity Match scheduled for Thursday 23 when there will also be the opening ceremony of the event.
Then it will get serious. Friday 24th the first doubles match: four foursomes and fourballs. The same will happen on Saturday 25th. The grand finale with 12 singles matches is scheduled for Sunday 26th. Up for grabs 28 points but in the event of a tie the trophy will remain in the hands of the European team as title holder.
The United States will field a real dream team at the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin, starting on Friday in Kohler (USA). From Dustin Johnson (number 2 in the world ranking) to Collin Morikawa (third), from Patrick Cantlay (fourth, this year's FedEx Cup winner and 'player of the year' on the 2020-2021 Pga Tour) to Xander Schauffele (fifth and gold medal at the Tokyo Games), from Justin Thomas (sixth) to Bryson DeChambeau (seventh).
Without forgetting Tony Finau (ninth) and Brooks Koepka (tenth). Harris English (eleventh), Jordan Spieth (thirteenth), Daniel Berger (sixteenth) and Scottie Scheffler (twenty-first) complete the team.