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Ryder Cup by the Numbers

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The Ryder Cup begins Friday at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin, and the United States will once again try to reverse a tide that has seen Europe win the Cup in nine of the last 12 matchups. Delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. team has had to wait a little longer for a chance to return the favor to the Europeans on home soil.

Steve Stricker will captain a U.S. squad led by major champions Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, while European captain Padraig Harrington will counter with a squad led by World No. 1 Jon Rahm and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.

As is often the case until the actual matches begin, this looks like a mismatch on paper: The U.S. team boasts an average World Ranking of 8.9 — the best average ranking for a team in Ryder Cup history — while the average World Ranking on the European side is 30.8. The U.S. side includes six major champions, the Euros only four. But here’s one of many possible equalizers: The U.S. team includes six Ryder Cup rookies, the Euros only three. The Americans have produced a collective 25.5 points in Ryder Cup play, while the Euros are bringing an experience-laden squad with 89 collective Cup points on its ledger.

Here’s a look at the respective squads, including age, current World Ranking and career Ryder Cup match record.

United States

PlayerAgeWorld RankingRyder Cup Record

Daniel Berger

28

16

Rookie

Patrick Cantlay

29

4

Rookie

Bryson DeChambeau

28

7

0-3-0

Harris English

32

11

Rookie

Tony Finau

32

9

2-1-0

Dustin Johnson

37

2

7-9-0

Brooks Koepka

31

10

4-3-1

Collin Morikawa

24

3

Rookie

Xander Schauffele

27

5

Rookie

Scottie Scheffler

25

21

Rookie

Jordan Spieth

28

13

7-5-2

Justin Thomas

28

6

4-1-0

Average Age: 29.1
Average World Ranking: 8.9
Overall Cup Match Record: 24-22-3

Europe

PlayerAgeWorld RankingRyder Cup Record

Paul Casey

44

24

4-3-5

Matthew Fitzpatrick

27

27

0-2-0

Tommy Fleetwood

30

37

4-1-0

Sergio Garcia

41

43

22-12-7

Tyrrell Hatton

29

19

1-2-0

Victor Hovland

24

14

Rookie

Shane Lowry

34

42

Rookie

Rory McIlroy

32

15

11-9-4

Ian Poulter

45

50

14-6-2

Jon Rahm

26

1

1-2-0

Lee Westwood

48

35

20-18-6

Bernd Wiesberger

35

63

Rookie

Average Age: 34.6
Average World Ranking: 30.8
Overall Cup Match Record: 77-55-24

Ryder Cup by the Numbers

1: Number of winning Ryder Cup teams on which Tiger Woods has played. Woods has played in the Ryder Cup seven times, but the U.S. won only one of those — in 1999. He missed the 2008 and 2016 U.S. victories due to injury.

45: The number of feet Justin Leonard’s birdie putt traveled on the 17th green at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., clinching the half-point necessary for the U.S. to come back from 4 points down and win the Ryder Cup in 1999.

7: Major championships won by Jack Nicklaus before he played in his first Ryder Cup. Nicklaus was not eligible to compete until 1969, due to restrictions no longer in place having to do with status as a PGA professional.

1979: The year the Ryder Cup added players from continental Europe to Great Britain & Ireland.

8-11-1: U.S. record since 1979.

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7-3-2: U.S. captain Steve Stricker’s Ryder Cup record in three appearances.

1993: The year when the U.S. last won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil.

Ryder Cup Career Records

Most Appearances: Phil Mickelson 12

Most Career Points: Sergio Garcia 25½

Most Match Wins: Nick Faldo 23

Most Singles Points: Five Players tied with 7:

  • Colin Montgomerie (6-0-2)
  • Billy Casper (6-2-2)
  • Lee Trevino (6-2-2)
  • Arnold Palmer (6-3-2)
  • Neil Coles (5-6-4)

Most Foursome Points: Bernhard Langer, Sergio Garcia 11½

Most Four-Ball Points: Ian Woosnam, Jose Maria Olazabal 10½

Youngest Player: Sergio Garcia, 1999 (19 yrs., 258 days)

Oldest Player: Ray Floyd, 1993 (51 yrs., 20 days)

Last 17 Ryder Cups

YearVenueWinning TeamScore

2018

Le Golf National 

Europe

17½ to 10½

2016

Hazeltine

United States

17 to 11

2014

Gleneagles

Europe

16½ to 11½

2012

Medinah

Europe

14½ to 13½

2010

Celtic Manor

Europe

14½ to 13½

2008

Valhalla

United States

16½ to 11½

2006

The K Club

Europe

18½ to 9½

2004

Oakland Hills

Europe

18½ to 9½

2002

The Belfry

Europe

15½ to 12½

1999

The Country Club

United States

14½ to 13½

1997

Valderrama

Europe

14½ to 13½

1995

Oak Hill

Europe

14½ to 13½

1993

The Belfry

United States

15 to 13

1991

Kiawah

United States

14½ to 13½

1989

The Belfry

Europe*

14 to 14

1987

Muirfield

Europe

15 to 13

1985

The Belfry

Europe

16½ to 11½

*retained Cup with tie