Ryder Cup 2014 - Europe Win!

The Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2014 - Scotland

So after that massive shock victory that happened at Medinah Country Club, Illinois in the Ryder Cup 2012, the Ryder Cup in 2014 comes to Gleneagles in Scotland.

The Ryder Cup takes place every two years and alternates between the Us and Europe for it's locations. Each venue is decided around 8 years in advance to give plenty of time to develop the course and if necessary the infrastructure to cope with the tens of thousands of players, press, organisers, staff, volunteers and spectators that are part of the Ryder Cup phenomenon.

As opposed to Celtic Manor in Wales, which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup, and which was purpose built for the occasion, Gleneagles is one of the oldest established and respected golf clubs.

The USA and Europe will battle it out over a matchplay format, differing from the format used for most of the tournaments that the players take part in over the year. The scoring can be quite complicated, as this is a team event, but you can find full details in the Ryder Cup Scoring Explained article.

The teams are decided only a few weeks before the event and places are hotly contested as this is one of the most prestigious events on the golfing calendar. Places are given to some according to their rankings and the captains are also allowed some 'wildcard' picks so that they can put in a player who maybe has not performed consistently over the year but is just hitting their peak, or perhaps someone they know performs well as part of the team.

Tom Watson (with myself!) is the Ryder Cup Captain for the US for 2014
Tom Watson (with myself!) is the Ryder Cup Captain for the US for 2014

Ryder Cup Team Captains

The Ryder Cup Team Captains are usually announced around 18 months before the event so that they have plenty of time to get into the role and get a team around them.

The European Team captain is announced in January in Abu Dhabi and the man chosen for 2014 was Paul McGinley. The 46 year old man from Northern Ireland was a popular choice for the job and has been vice captain for Europe both in 2012 and 2010.

The USA team captain is chosen by the PGA of America and they have chosen Tom Watson as the captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.Watson has a great record as a player and is well liked by all.

Paul McGinley Chosen as Ryder Cup Captain

As world number 1, Rory McIlroy was top pick for the European Team.
As world number 1, Rory McIlroy was top pick for the European Team. | Source
Ian Poulter was a wildcard pick but many say he is a key part of the Ryder Cup
Ian Poulter was a wildcard pick but many say he is a key part of the Ryder Cup | Source

Ryder Cup Players 2014

The Ryder Cup Players are picked by a couple of methods: For the European Team nine of the places are decided by who is ahead in the Ryder Cup's European and World points lists, with the other 3 places being chosen as wild cards by the Captain, Paul McGinley.

The final team was decided on 2 September 2014 and is as follows:

Automatically Qualified:

Rory Mcilroy

Victor Dubuisson

Sergio Garcia

Henrik Stenson

Justin Rose

Martin Kaymer

Thomas Bjorn

Graeme McDowell

Jamie Donaldson

Captains Picks:

Lee Westwood

Ian Poulter

Stephen Gallacher

The US Ryder Cup Team is chosen in a similar way, with 9 of the players being chosen by a points test, with points being allocated over the two seasons, 2013 and 2014 for each $1000 earned by players in particular events. After this the captain, Tom Watson, is allowed 3 wildcard picks.

The automatic qualifiers are:

Bubba Watson

Rickie Fowler

Jim Furyk

Jimmy Walker

Phil Mickelson

Matt Kuchar

Jordan Spieth

Patrick Reed

Zach Johnson

Captains Picks:

Keegan Bradley

Hunter Mahan

Webb Simpson

The Matches

The Pairings and Scores as They Happen

Friday Morning Fourballs

The pairings for the Friday Morning Fourballs are as follows:

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson vs Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (5&4)

Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker vs Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer (All Square)

Jordan Speith and Patrick Reed (5&4) vs Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickleson (1 Up) vs Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy

For more information about how the fourballs works see the article on Ryder Cup scoring.

Friday Afternoon Foursomes

The scores for the Friday afternoon foursomes were as follows:

Donaldson and Westwood (2 Up) v Furyk and Kuchar

Rose and Stenson (2 & 1) v Mahan and Johnson

McIlroy and Garcia v Walker and Fowler (All Square)

Dubuisson and McDowell (3 & 2) v Mickleson and Bradley

Saturday Morning Fourballs

The pairings for the Saturday Morning Fourballs were as follows:


Rose and Stenson (3 & 2) v Watson and Kuchar

Donaldson and Westwood v Furyk and Mahan (4 & 3)

Bjorn and Kaymer v Reed and Speith (5 & 3)

McIlroy and Poulter v Walker and Fowler (All Square)

Saturday Afternoon Foursomes

Pairings were as follows:


Donaldson and Westwood (2 & 1) v Johnson and Kuchar

Garcia and McIlroy (3 & 2) v Furyk and Mahan

Kaymer and Rose v Speith and Reed (All Square)

Dubuisson and McDowell (5 & 4) v Walker and Fowler


So going into Sunday, Europe are in the same situation that The USA were in two years ago in that they were 4 points ahead. On that occasion the USA lost - can they do the same thing that Europe did and overcome this kind of deficit?

Sunday Singles Matches

The pairings for Sunday (starting at 11.36am local time) were:


McDowell (2&1) v Speith

Stenson v Reed (1 Up)

McIlroy (5 & 4) v Fowler

Rose v Mahan (All Square)

Gallacher v Mickleson (3 & 1)

Kaymer (4 & 2) v Watson

Bjorn v Kuchar (4 & 3)

Garcia (1 Up) v Furyk

Poulter v Simpson (All Square)

Donaldson (4 & 3) v Bradley

Westwood v Walker (3 & 2)

Dubuisson v Johnson (All Square)

Ryder Cup Tickets 2014

Tickets for the Ryder Cup are always in demand and always sell out early. Hence you need to register your interest for whichever tickets you want and you may or may not be lucky to get them in a ballot.

Ticket prices and details were released in June 2013 and tickets for the Ryder Cup 2014 were available on a ballot basis, unless you wanted tickets for the practice days, which were available immediately. You needed to do a photo-registration before you could purchase and it is quite strict in terms that everyone who wanted a ticket needs to have a photo registration. Photo registration could be done beforehand and entry for the ballot for the matchday tickets was open until 22 July 2013.

Ticket prices range from £35 for one of the practice days to £500 for a full 6 day pass to all practice and match days.

You can get more info on Ryder Cup Tickets here.

Ticket Prices for the Ryder Cup in 2014
Ticket Prices for the Ryder Cup in 2014

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lions44 3 years ago from Auburn, WA

Great article. I think Tom Watson was a great choice and although it will still be an uphill battle for the Americans, our young guys might come through next year. Watson is the epitome of a professional, and his history of winning against a lot of European players (granted a much smaller field in those days) will only help. But the Europeans will only get better too. A guy like Henrik Stensen is going to win a major next year for sure. Even Sergio is showing signs of life. Voted up.

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