Since Europe replaced GB&I in 1979, the Old Continent has won eight editions of the Ryder Cup, one more than the USA (seven). The match in 1989 ended in a tie.
Europe have won three of the eight Ryder Cups played on American soil: in 1987, 1995 and 2004.
The last time a team won the Ryder Cup after trailing going into the singles session was back in 1999 when the USA clawed back a four-point deficit. The team leading before the singles has won each of the last four editions of the Ryder Cup.
Only two Ryder Cups have ended in a tie: 1969 (16-16) and 1989 (14-14).
USA have won 11 of the 16 singles sessions in the Ryder Cup (since 1979), a 69% rate.
José María Olazábal is the second Spaniard to captain the European team after Severiano Ballesteros in 1997. He was part of ...
The first Ryder Cup was staged in 1927, when the United States beat Great Britain 9 ½ - 2 ½ at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts, but the wheels were set in motion for the biannual transatlantic tussle a year earlier. Samuel Ryder, a wealthy businessman who had made his fortune selling seeds at a penny a packet from his garden shed, sponsored an informal event in 1926 at Wentworth, which saw a GB side beat a Walter Hagen-led US team 13-1 before it became an official event 12 months later.
After losing the inaugural event, Great Britain won the next two renewals on home soil, in 1929 and 1933, but only managed one more victory, again on home soil in 1957, before Irish players joined them in 1973. Three Ryder Cups were staged with a GB & Ireland team ...
Humans have always been a pattern-seeking breed, desperate to make deductions about the world around them. However, this thirst for explanation has led to some false steps throughout history (the Flat Earth Fan Club is all out of subscribers) which is why we have science to pick up the pieces of our own innate biases and misunderstandings.
Unlike chemistry and physics, golf isn't a perfect science. Lazy theories get bandied around in the faint hope of penetrating an impenetrable game - and seldom are they more in evidence than during Ryder Cup week. Wildcard selection normally provides the hottest topic of debate, as hacks and commentators dissect the potential fault-lines in each captain's pick. But this year renewal of the biennial battle at Medinah has been remarkable only for its...
[u]06:30 3 Ball - Estes - O Hara - Jones[/u]
Estes - Whole of the first round bogey free - that is an impressive achievement.
O'Hara - A triple at the 15th cost him any chance of a reasonable score.
Jones - Will feel good after finishing with a pair of birdies
[b]Selection: Jones will move away the other two.[/b]
[u]06:41 3 Ball - Pagunsan - Pinckney - Cullen[/u]
Pagunsan - Will be encouraged by an opening 71. Might be as good as it gets.
Pinckney - Only hit 5 fairways so how he scored 68 is amazing.
Cullen - Going so well until he triple bogeyed the last. That isn't going to make his task any easier.
[b]Selection: Go with Cullen to overcome his last hole blues.[/b]
[u]06:52 3 Ball - Alker - Slattery - Thompson[/u]
Alker - Decent long game and isn't overly fazed by the occasion.
First staged at Prestwick, way back in 1860, the Open Championship is the oldest of the four major championships and it's the only one played outside of the USA. Still regarded as the biggest and best of the four, it's always played out on a seaside links course. This will be the 141st staging of the Open Championship.
Royal Lytham and St Annes, Lancashire, England
Par 70, 7086 yards
Lytham opened in 1897 and the original course design is accredited to the then course pro, George Lowe, but Harry Colt, in 1919, Ken Cotten, in 1952, and most recently Martin Ebert, have all put their mark on the course too.
Lytham's been used for the Open Championship on ten previous occasions and every winner has been top-class.
Barring the Ryder Cup, the Open Championship has to be my favourite tournament of the year. Not least because it's the only chance we Brits get to watch a Major championship during daylight hours!
There's also something really schadenfreude about watching spectators, players, and officials reach a state of hyperthermia, in supposedly the height of summer, whilst you're watching from an armchair with a hot drink and a pork pie in your hand. It doesn't have to be a pork pie of course, but the pleasure's still the same.
So who likes the cold, who likes links golf, who can hit a straight shot with rain belting into their faces, and just who can get around Royal Lytham & St Annes four times in the least shots. No-one at this stage knows the exact answer, but an in-form player is usually...
[b]Keep a relentlessly close eye on the weather forecast[/b]
At risk of stating the obvious, watching the weather is never more important to golf betting than during an Open Championship. A good or bad draw as regards wind speed can make the difference between shooting 65 and 75 and often proves a fatal handicap. Moreover, a change in wind direction requires radical changes to any in-running plan. The current forecast predicts relatively light winds and plenty of rain both before and during the event, suggesting no significant draw advantage over the first two rounds. Keep checking though, as forecasts change fast.
[b]Greens in regulation is the key stat to follow, supported by driving accuracy and putting[/b]
Britain's wet summer means the Open layout will be as penal as ever, with...
There's only two weeks until the Open Championship at Royal Lytham St Annes, but much can change in that time. Those players winning tournaments or even contending strongly over the next fortnight will likely see their odds shorten markedly, so rather than risk missing the boat, it makes sense to back long-range fancies now. Here's four contenders who are likelier to shorten rather than drift, and are recommended as immediate bets.
[b]Rickie Fowler @ 50.0[/b]
Rickie has been my leading fancy for this major ever since finishing fifth last year at Sandwich. Considering his inexperience of majors, especially in treacherous British weather, his performance was nothing short of superb. Fowler is obviously a natural when it comes to coping with fierce winds, which can normally be relied...
There is something of a bandwagon forming for Keegan Bradley, his price has been steadily contracting for weeks now. He's certainly a player with a lot of nerve and a bright future but I'm surprised he is available at the same price in his three-ball as defending champion Charl Schwartzel 2.14. This is Bradley's debut at Augusta, Charl's extra experience will be hard to match on day one. No disrespect to amateur Kelly Kraft (the third member of the three ball) but this one looks a match.
Charl's great friend Louis Oosthuizen 2.86 suffered an unfortunate collapse on Sunday last week when leading the Shell Houston Open, however, he bounced back well towards the end of his round to finish solo third. That event is seen as a great warm-up for Augusta, it's a fairly similar test so I'm happy...
We've seen it time and time again, whether it's the WGC - Accenture Match Play which starts on Wednesday, the Volvo-sponsored version or in team competitions like the Ryder Cup. Matchplay golf is a refined art, quite distinct from strokeplay. Some players thrive under head to head conditions, others hate it.
Below is my Masters and Mugs, four matchplay experts and four who haven't exactly excelled in this format in recent years.
Tournament record: Won 16, Lost 6
Outright odds: 19.0
No prizes for originality here, but the defending champion's wider matchplay record confirms his status as the man to beat in Arizona. Donald was also runner-up in last year's Volvo World Match Play, and has won two out of three singles matches at the...