The Ryder Cup has become one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Every two years, 24 of the best players from Europe and the United States go head-to-head in match play competition. Drama, tension, incredible golf, camaraderie and sportsmanship are served in equal measure, captivating an audience of millions around the world. It’s an event that transcends sport, yet remains true to the spirit of its founder, Samuel Ryder.
The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches will be held in France from 28–30 September 2018 at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris. It will be the second Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe, after the 1997 contest, which was held in Spain. The United States are the defending champions, but last won in Europe in 1993, a quarter century earlier.
The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format will be as follows:
• Day 1 (Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches
• Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches
• Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches
On the first two days there are 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches with the home captain choosing which are played in the morning and which in the afternoon.
With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending champion, the United States, to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.
The Albatros course at Le Golf National is an 18-hole golf course designed by the architects Hubert Chesneau and Robert Von Hagge in collaboration with Pierre Thevenin. It is located in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris, France. It took three years to build from July 1987 to October 1990. It was opened on 5 October 1990 by Roger Bambuck, Minister of Youth and Sports. Le Golf National was the venue for the 1991 Open de France, the oldest national open in Continental Europe, and it has been held there every year since except on two occasions. It has been selected to host the Ryder Cup in 2018. The course has a capacity for 80,000 fans.
The Albatros (Albatross) is the main championship course with a par of 72 and measuring 7315 yards. The Aigle (Eagle) course is a par 71 course measuring 6224 yards. There is also a short 9 hole, par 32 Oiselet (Birdie) course.