How Ryder Cup format, matches do work in 2021?

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The Ryder Cup takes place from Friday to Sunday. Two teams of twelve will play 28 matches. If you are a fan of golf, you are likely to be familiar with the Ryder cup. These competitions usually consist of:

  • Best ball match play
  • Singles match play
  • Alternative shot
  • Scramble formats

Pairings for the games are determined by the captains of both teams that are involved in the match. They will each submit their teams or individual team members in advance without knowing their opponents.

On each of the first two days, there is one four-match session of fourball and one four-match session of foursomes. The final day of the Ryder cup is typically reserved for 12 single matches. Following are the different formats for the Ryder cup:

Ryder Cup 2021 matches today

Year Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
points
Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon
1927–59 4 36-hole foursomes 8 36-hole singles 12
1961 4 foursomes 4 foursomes 8 singles 8 singles 24
1963–71 4 foursomes 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 fourballs 8 singles 8 singles 32
1973 4 foursomes 4 foursomes 4 foursomes 4 foursomes 8 singles 8 singles 32
1975 4 foursomes 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 fourballs 8 singles 8 singles 32
1977 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 10 singles 20
1979–
present
4 foursomes 4 foursomes 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 12 singles 28
or or
4 foursomes 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 foursomes
  1. Fourball

Each member in a two-person team plays their ball, making the entire game one that involves four balls in play on every hole. The lowest score on each hole is counted, and the team with a player scoring the lowest wins. In the case of a tie, the hole is usually halved. These matches take place on the first day of the Ryder Cup, which is usually Friday.

  1. Foursomes

Each team plays one ball per hole, with the players each getting their turn until the hole is complete. Tee shots are also alternated where one player leads off for odd-numbered holes and the other hits first for the even-numbered holes. The team that manages to score the lowest score on each hole wins. These matches are held on the second day of the Cup, which is usually Saturday.

  1. Singles

In this format, every match features a single player from each team. The player that gets the lowest score for a hole gets to win that hole. These matches take place on Sunday and involve all team members.

Ryder Cup Scoring

Each match in the Cup is worth a single point. Matches that end up in a draw are worth a half-point to each side. The winning team is the one that manages to reach 14 ½ points first. In the case of a 14-14 draw, the team still holding on to the Ryder Cup gets to keep it.

Points

The three days that make up the Ryder cup are made up of 28 total matches. Each match is worth one point, and there are no extra holes. Any ties after 18 holes lead to each side earning a half-point.

Concession

In contrast to stroke play, players are not obligated to complete every hole in match play. When a player concedes a stroke to their opponent, the opponent picks up the ball and moves on to the next hole.