Ryder Cup 2020 Golf Format and Schedule

Are you a fan of golf? An elite sport like golf calls for an elite round of events. The Ryder Cup is the third largest golfing tournament in the world and is scheduled for September this year. However, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, there is no surety to the event as of now. Hopefully, if the pandemic subsides by then, we can witness it live and it will be one of the first major sporting events in 2020.

In any case, the Ryder Cup 2020 has an interesting event schedule and irrespective of the date and time, this year will unfold its 43rd chapter. In this article, we will discuss the Ryder Cup Schedule and Selection Format that will make this tournament a much-awaited one. So without any further ado, let us move on to the next segment.

Ryder Cup format and schedule

Ryder Cup 2020 Event Schedule

The Ryder Cup is supposed to open its 43rd chapter in the United States between September 25 to 27, 2020. The event would take place in Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin, and would have the European champions against the USA by a considerable margin.

The US team will be led by Steve Stricker who was declared as the captain on February 20th, 2019, and Padraig Harrington will be the European team captain. Jim Furyk and Robert Karlsson will be vice-captains for the US and Europe teams respectively.

How good will this match between the USA and Europe be in favor of the Whistling Straits golf course? In the next segment, we will discuss the format of the Ryder Cup event.

Ryder Cup 2020 Format

Spread over three days and strategically scheduled over a weekend which includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Day 1 and Day 2 of the event will have 4 foursome and 4 fourball matches each. Day 3 which is on a Sunday will have 12 single matches. In 2018, Europe won the cup against the USA by a 17½–10½ victory. This time, 14½ points are needed by the home team to retain the cup and for Europe to win the same.

While the captains have already been decided, the rest of the team players will be decided on the basis of selection criteria entailing the following aspects,

  • 2019 Major Championships: 1 Point per $1,000 earned
    • The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open & The Open
  • 2019 WGC Events and The Players Championship: 1 Point per $2,000 earned
    • WGC-Mexico Championship; WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship; The Players Championship; WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions
  • 2020 Regular PGA Tour events: 1 point per $1,000 earned
    • Beginning January 1, 2020, through the end of the second FedEx Cup Play-Offs (BMW Championship), August 23, 2020; includes the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event and WGC events
  • 2020 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points
  • 2020 Major Championships: 2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner; 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut
    • The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open & The Open

This selection process will include major past golfing events, and the remaining slots will have players selected in the last week of August to the first week of September. You can stay tuned about the selection process through their official website at www.rydercup.com

If the Ryder Cup gets postponed for next year, the player pricks will become difficult as the timeline given to the captains might drastically reduce. The availability of players at that point will also be a struggle in deciphering.

To Sum Up

While there is enough hullabaloo regarding major sporting events this year, we are hopeful that the Ryder Cup 2020 commences as planned and cannot wait for the coronavirus outbreak to subside eventually. It will be the most needed vacation for sports fans around the world and for life to get back to normal, as before.

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