The 2018 Essential Ryder Cup Facts Sheet
Every golfer loves a stat and Ryder Cup Facts and stats are even more sought after!
Read our list of essential Ryder Cup facts you need to know and claim bragging rights in the clubhouse this weekend! We’ve even thrown in three “GOLF SUPER NERD” facts which we are confident will win you any “out-facting” competition!
You may also spot one fact that isn’t strictly part of Ryder Cup history, but if you enjoy team golf you may well find it of interest – enjoy!
General Ryder Cup Facts
19 – Number of matches since the British and Irish squad was expanded to a full European side. Europe are 10-8 with one drawn in that span.
82 – Number of players who have played for Team Europe.
12 – Number of nations that have represented the European team.
41 – Number of previous Ryder Cups played. Team USA lead the all-time rivalry 26-13 with two drawn.
4 – The most times a single course has hosted the Ryder Cup. The Belfry (1985, 1989, 1993, 2002)
25 – The number of years since the USA won on European soil, in 1993 at The Belfry in England.
5 – The number of sets of brothers who have competed at the Ryder Cup, the most recent being the Molinaris in 2010.
17 – The height in inches of The Ryder Cup trophy. It is also nine inches in width (handle to handle) and it is four pounds in weight. The golfer on top of the trophy is s a British professional golfer Abe Mitchell, happened to be the friend and golf instructor of Samuel Ryder. Mitchell himself played in 3 Ryder Cup competitions.
Player Specific Ryder Cup Facts
11 – the most number of Ryder Cup appearances by an individual, jointly held by Nick Faldo and Phil Mickelson. Mickelson is set to break the record at Le Golf National
22 – Record number of Ryder Cup matches won by Arnold Palmer.
25 – Highest number of points recorded by a Ryder Cup player, achieved by England’s Nick Faldo. FACT UPDATE ALERT! AS OF SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 SERGIO GARCIA NOW HOLDS THIS RECORD WITH 26!
12 – the most number of points won by a pairing achieved by Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. Their record was 11-2-2 (W-L-D)
7 – the most singles points achieved in Ryder Cup matches jointly held by Colin Montgomerie, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and Neil Coles
10&8 – The largest margin of victory in one singles match was 10&8 as George Duncan smashed Walter Hagen in the singles in 1929 (it was a 36-hole match)
52 – Age of Ray Floyd when he became the oldest player in Ryder Cup history in 1993.
19 – Age of Sergio Garcia in 1999 when he became the youngest player in Ryder Cup history
65 – Tom Watson is the oldest Ryder Cup captain to date, 65 years old at the 2014 Ryder Cup.
7 – Total number of rookies playing on both sides this week. Five for Europe: Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Tyrrell Hatton, Jon Rahm. Two for Team USA Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas
46 – the percentage of Captains Picks on the American team who have gone on to win their singles matches. This compares to 52% on the European team
Le Golf National Ryder Cup Facts
6-8 – of July 2019 is when we will be hosting our Greencard Ryder Cup at Le Golf National – if you’d like to join us please click here!
7,183 – The length of the course in yards.
270 000 – Number of spectators expected to attend the week’s activities
3.4 – The millimetres in height the grass on the greens will be cut.
8 – The mm height of the fairway cut.
98 – The mm height of the deepest rough.
9 – The number of holes at Le Golf National featuring water hazards.
356 – The number of club car buggies used on the course, most notably by the US and European teams but also by sponsors, television and caterers.
1,350 – The number of volunteer workers at the event this week, from more than 50 nations. They range in age from 18 to 82.
6,900 – Approximate number of seats at Le Golf National first tee.
11,063 – The number of seats in 10 grandstands across the Albatross course at Le Golf National.
And one final fact for the list – In case of an injury to a player on the either sides, a Captain of each team has put one of his team member’s name in the sealed cover who will withdraw from the other side and each team will then be awarded half a point.
We hope you now feel fully armed with enough Ryder Cup facts to take on the best golf historian at your club! However, our advice for the weekend is forget the factology and just enjoy the golf!
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