RYDER CUP FORMAT
Even though the Ryder Cup is condensed into an intensive three-day competition window, and towards the end of a long grueling season, the format demands not only skill, but strength, stamina and courage. The culmination is all 12 players of both sides going head-to-head in Sunday singles golf, winner takes all as the drama unfolds.
Before that, many players on either team will play two rounds per day on both the Friday and Saturday, two rounds of both four-balls and foursomes.
In four-balls, each member of a two-man team plays his own ball, so four balls are in play on every hole, each team counting the lowest of its two scores on each hole, the team whose player has the lowest score wins the hole and if the low scores are tied, the hole is halved.
Meanwhile, in foursomes, each two-man team plays one ball per hole with the players taking alternate shots until each hole is complete, players alternating hitting tee shots, with one leading off on oddnumbered holes, and the other hitting first on even-numbered holes, the team with the lowest score on each hole wins that hole and if their scores are equal, the hole is halved.