New Zealand Golf Magazine - - FEATURE -

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.

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