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Test Your Ryder Cup Knowledge

By: | Thu 28 Sep 2023

The Ryder Cup is here and will dominate conversations among golf fans - and those who would otherwise have little interest in the sport.

It has become one of the biggest team events in global sport. But how much do you know about it?

There are going to be 28 points up for grabs at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome. To mark that, we have put together a Ryder Cup quiz consisting of…28 questions!

(You can see the answers here)

Test Your Knowledge Here:

  1. The trophy was provided by Samuel Ryder - what was his profession? 
  2. In what year was the Ryder Cup first played? 
  3. Which golfer was GB&I’s first Ryder Cup captain? 
  4. At which golf course did GB&I win the Ryder Cup in 1957?
  5. How many times did GB&I win the Ryder Cup? 
  6. In 1969, what instruction did GB&I captain Eric Brown give his team that caused a storm? 
  7. Europe won the Ryder Cup on American soil for the first time in 1987 - at which course? 
  8. What is remarkable about Colin Montgomerie’s singles record?
  9. How many times did Tony Jacklin captain Europe? 
  10. When was the first year Continental Europe played in the Ryder Cup? 
  11. In his singles match in 1987, Ben Crenshaw broke his putter in a fit of temper - who was he playing? 
  12. When Europe won at Medinah in 2012, what was the score heading into the final-day singles? 
  13. Which golfer qualified for the European team in 1997 but was omitted because he refused to play the host course to prove his fitness? 
  14. Who was Justin Leonard playing when he holed a huge putt on the 17th green at Brookline in 1999? 
  15. What was unusual about Jean Van de Velde, Jarmo Sandelin and Andrew Coltart at the 1999 Ryder Cup? 
  16. During the 1991 Ryder Cup, Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal had a dispute with which American golfers over an alleged rules infringement?
  17. Which American golfer ended up on the beach in tears at Kiawah Island in 1991 even though his team won? 
  18. Which European golfer missed a short putt on the 18th green in 1991 to retain the trophy?
  19. Who holed the winning putt for Europe at The Belfry in 2002? 
  20. Who, at the age of 51, is the oldest player ever to compete in the Ryder Cup? 
  21. Who, at the age of 19, is the youngest man to compete in the Ryder Cup? 
  22. How many times did Seve Ballesteros represent Europe in the Ryder Cup? 
  23. Which was the first course in continental Europe to host the Ryder Cup? 
  24. Since Continental Europe became involved, how many times have the USA won the Ryder Cup? 
  25. Who is the first Swede to play in the Ryder Cup? 
  26. When was the last American victory on European soil? 
  27. How many Ryder Cup matches has Phil Mickelson played in? 
  28. Who is Europe’s record points scorer? 

Ryder Cup


  1. A grain/seed merchant
  2. 1927
  3. Ted Ray
  4. Lindrick
  5. 3
  6. He told them not to help the American look for their golf balls
  7. Muirfield Village
  8. In eight matches he was never beaten
  9. 4
  10. 1979
  11. Eamonn Darcy
  12. The USA led 10-6
  13. Miguel Angel Martin
  14. Jose Maria Olazabal
  15. They only played in the singles
  16. Paul Zinger and Chip Beck
  17. Mark Calcavecchia
  18. Bernhard Langer
  19. Paul McGinley
  20. Ray Floyd
  21. Sergio Garcia
  22. 8
  23. Valderrama
  24. 9 (Europe have won 11, with one tie)
  25. Joakim Haeggman
  26. 1993 (The Belfry)
  27. 12, which is a record
  28. Sergio Garcia

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