Ryder Cup 2021: when does it start, timings, teams and how to watch on TV in the UK

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The Ryder Cup is one of the iconic events on the sporting calendar and it returns at the end of this month after the team competition between Europe and the USA was postponed by a year due the pandemic.

Europe were victorious last time out in 2018, regaining the Ryder Cup in France with the American team winning the last edition to take place stateside in 2016.

When is it?

The Ryder Cup begins on Friday, September 24 and finishes on Sunday, September 26. Here is the schedule for each day (times BST, six hours ahead of local time):

Friday 

  • Morning foursomes tee off at 1.05pm, 1.21pm, 1.27pm and 1.53pm
  • Afternoon fourballs tee off at 6.10pm, 6.26pm, 6.42pm and 6.58pm

Saturday

  • Morning foursomes tee off at 1.05pm, 1.21pm, 1.27pm and 1.53pm
  • Afternoon fourballs tee off at 6.10pm, 6.26pm, 6.42pm and 6.58pm

Sunday

  • Singles matches tee off between 5.04pm and 7.05pm, at 11-minute intervals

Where is it?

The event will take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

How can I watch on TV?

The Ryder Cup will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf in the UK.

How are the teams picked?

Twelve players represent each side along with a captain and their two deputies.

For Team Europe, nine players automatically qualify for selection while three more are selected by the captain. The Team Europe Captain this year is Padraig Harrington while Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell are his Vice Captains. The qualification spots are handed out to the four players leading the Race to Dubai Points List for the European Tour and the five other players are based on the World Points List standings.

The qualification window closed on September 12 after the PGA BMW Championship.

For Team USA, only six players automatically qualify via their ranking leaving half the team at the discretion of their captain Steve Stricker. He is joined in the USA leadership group by Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples.

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Steve Stricker will lead Team USA


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The initial six players are selected via the USA’s points list, which is taken from prize money in select events since 2019 (including all majors and PGA Tour events). The USA’s qualification period ended at the US-based BMW Championship on August 29.

Who is in the teams?

The teams have now been finalised after Harrington and Stricker named their captain’s picks. These are the players who will tee it up at Whistling Straits. 

Europe: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Sergio Garcia (pick), Shane Lowry (pick), Ian Poulter (pick)

USA: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth (pick), Tony Finau (pick), Xander Schauffele (pick), Harris English (pick), Daniel Berger (pick), Scottie Scheffler (pick)

The main talking point after the teams were finalised was the omission of Justin Rose by Harrington and Patrick Reed by Stricker. 

“It was incredibly difficult with JR [Justin Rose},” Harrington said. “Clearly he was in contention in his last two events.

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“Did I need more? Maybe not but the fact of the matter is, with who he was going up against, the consistency of Shane Lowry, the heart of the team has been Ian and Sergio over the years, somebody had to lose out.

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Justin Rose finished strongly at the BMW PGA Championship but missed out on a place


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“It really is as close as that. If you don’t play your way in it’s a tough place to be. It easily could have been JR or Alex Noren.

“I’m delighted for Bernd Wiesberger. He’s a great player and anybody who makes their way into the team fully deserves it, but ultimately it was a spot gone that could have gone to a JR or an Alex Noren.

“I had a chat with him (Rose) and he was an absolute gentleman. I certainly would have been happy with him there but it was just one spot too far.”

Competition format: how does it work?

There are 28 matches contested over the course of the weekend, starting with the foursomes and four-balls on Friday and Saturday and concluding with a full round of singles on the Sunday.

Every match is worth one point. In the result of a drawn match, half a point is awarded to both teams. It means 14.5 points are enough for an outright win, but if you’re the defending champions, a tie at 14 points will allow you to retain the Ryder Cup. Europe are the current holders.

Each captain will decide who will play the eight matches on the first two days where the foursomes and four-balls are contested. The order is determined by the home captain. The difference between the disciplines? Well, a foursome match sees two pairs of golfers compete over the course with team-mates alternating hits of the same ball.

A four-ball contest does exactly what it says on the tin. Each golfer plays with their own ball but it is the best score of the pair which contributes to their total.

On the final day of the event, each member of both teams feature in the 12 singles matches. Each captain will also determine as to which order their players will go out.

What is the latest news?

Brooks Koepka withdrew from the Tour Championship on Saturday, September 4 after injuring his left wrist hitting a ball out of the rough, prompting questions about whether the American will be fit enough to compete at the Ryder Cup.

Koepka injured his wrist on the 10th hole at East Lake when his club hit a tree root on his approach shot. He finished the hole and the next two before withdrawing with a score of one-under for the season-ending tournament, placing him well out of contention.

“Same wrist I had issues with back in ’17, ’18, so just making sure it’s all good,” Koepka said, according to Golfweek.

Koepka, a former world number one with four major titles but who has suffered a series of knee injuries, has already qualified for the US. team.

If Koepka is unable to compete, Stricker would be given a seventh captain’s pick to fill his spot.

What are the latest odds?

Europe: 15/8

USA: 4/7

Draw: 11/1