Ryder Cup Format and TV Coverage

By: Golfshake Editor | Mon 26 Sep 2016 | Comments


Friday and Saturday morning: four foursomes matches (start 1.35pm, UK time); afternoon: four fourball matches (start 7.15pm).

Foursomes sees two players from each side playing the same ball and taking alternate shots. The lower score wins the hole.

Fourballs involve two players from each side playing their own balls. The team whose player has the lowest score on a hole wins the hole. Should players from each team tie for the best score, the hole is halved.

Sunday 12 singles matches (start 5.36pm).

An hour after play concludes on Saturday the two captains submit their line-ups for the Sunday singles, with the players listed in order of play, ie first at the top, the 12th at the bottom. The orders of play for each team are then married to form the singles draw.

All games are played under matchplay rules, where the result is determined by number of holes won. The first team to reach 14.5 points wins the Ryder Cup. Holders Europe need only 14 to retain the Cup.


Opening ceremony, Thursday Live coverage: Sky Sports 4, 9pm (includes announcement of opening fourballs draw).

Day one, Friday Live coverage: Sky Sports 4 12.30pm; Highlights: BBC2 12.30am.

Day two, Saturday Live coverage: Sky Sports 4 12.30pm; Highlights: BBC2 12.30am.

Day three, Sunday Live coverage: Sky Sports 4 4pm; Highlights: BBC2 11pm.


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