First contested in 1927, follow the statistical history of the world’s most popular team golf event with this Ryder Cup By The Numbers infographic. The format has changed over the years but the Ryder Cup has been the premier biennial tournament on golf’s calendar for over 85 years.
One major change during that time was the inclusion of continental European golfers beginning in 1979. Up until that time, the matches featured teams representing the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. In 1979, Team Europe was formed to include players from throughout continental Europe.
A compelling part of the Ryder Cup contests is the various match play competitions between the teams. The current Ryder Cup structure includes eight foursomes matches, eight fourball matches and 12 singles matches, all played over 18 holes. The winner of each match scores a point for their team. Golfers who finish their match in a tie earn ½ point for their team.
The following infographic features both team and player results including Ryder Cup points won, matches won and results from the top players from both sides throughout the history of this legendary golf event.