2018 Ryder Cup

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42nd Ryder Cup Matches
Dates28–30 September 2018
Venue Le Golf National, Albatros Course
Location Guyancourt,
Île-de-France, France
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Europe wins the Ryder Cup
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Location in Île-de-France

The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches were held in France from 28 to 30 September 2018 on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt, a suburb southwest of Paris. It was the second Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe (rather than Great Britain or Ireland), after the 1997 contest, which was held in Spain. The United States were the defending champions, but had lost the last five matches in Europe, having last won there in 1993. Europe regained the Ryder Cup, winning by 1712 points to 1012.



The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was as follows:

On the first two days there were four fourball matches in the morning and four foursome matches in the afternoon.

With a total of 28 points available, 1412 points were required to win the Cup, and 14 points were required for the defending champion, the United States, to retain the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes. [1]

Bidding for the 2018 Ryder Cup

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The Opening tee at the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National

Ryder Cup Europe confirmed originally six countries—France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden—to be interested in bidding for the 2018 Ryder Cup. [2] The deadline for the submission of bids was set for 30 April 2010; Sweden withdrew from the bidding early that month, [3] while the Spanish bidding host city of Tres Cantos showed poor popular support. [4] [5]

There were five bids to host the event:

France was announced as host on 17 May 2011, despite calls for the Cup to be held in Spain as a tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros. [8]



Team qualification and selection


The European team qualification rules were announced on 18 January 2017. There were a number of changes compared to 2016 with an increase in the number of captain's picks from three to four, based on recommendations from the analytics team behind Team Europe. [9] The team consisted of: [10] [11]

Membership criteria for the European Tour were reduced from five tournaments to four (outside the majors and WGCs) for the 2018 season. As in previous Ryder Cups, all players had to be members of the European Tour to be eligible to play for Europe. Changes were also made to the eligibility of future captains and vice-captains.

Paul Casey became a member of the European Tour at the start of 2018. Since he was not a member during 2017 he did not earn points until the start of 2018. [12]

The leading players in the European Ryder Cup points lists were: [13] [14]

Players in qualifying places (Q) are shown in green; captain's picks (P) are shown in yellow; those in italics (q) qualified through the other points list.

The remaining three players selected as captain's picks, Ian Poulter, Sergio García and Paul Casey, finished in 22nd, 24th and 35th place respectively on the European points list. [13]

United States

The United States qualification rules were announced on 8 February 2017. [15] The majority of the team were selected from the Ryder Cup points list which was based on prize money won in important tournaments. Generally one point was awarded for every $1,000 earned. The team consisted of:

The qualification rules were similar to those used for the 2016 Ryder Cup. The points given for the 2018 season major championships were reduced from double to 50% extra (except for the winner who still received double points). The dates on which the captain's picks were made were brought forward by one or two weeks.

The leading 15 players in the final points list after the final qualifying event, the 2018 PGA Championship were: [16]

1 Brooks Koepka 13,298.472
2 Dustin Johnson 9,549.287
3 Justin Thomas 8,929.122
4 Patrick Reed 7,821.880
5 Bubba Watson 5,584.137
6 Jordan Spieth 5,481.427
7 Rickie Fowler 5,006.112
8 Webb Simpson 4,534.745
9 Bryson DeChambeau 4,316.108
10 Phil Mickelson 4,207.953
11 Tiger Woods 4,196.794
12 Xander Schauffele 3,924.096
13 Matt Kuchar 3,843.696
14 Kevin Kisner 3,680.121
15 Tony Finau 3,512.021

Players in qualifying places are shown in green. Captain's picks are shown in yellow.



Thomas Bjørn was named as the European captain on 6 December 2016. He was chosen by a five-man panel made up of the three most recent European Ryder Cup captains (Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and José María Olazábal), the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, and European Tour Tournament Committee member Henrik Stenson. [17]

Jim Furyk was named as the USA captain on 11 January 2017. [18]


Each captain selected a number of vice-captains to assist him during the tournament.

Bjørn selected Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain in May 2017. [19] In May 2018 he selected four more vice-captains: Luke Donald, Pádraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood. Raphaël Jacquelin was also on hand for the Europeans, as an assistant.

Furyk named Davis Love III as a vice-captain, soon after his appointment in January 2017. He later added Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods in February 2018. [20]

On 4 September 2018, Furyk named David Duval, Zach Johnson, and Matt Kuchar as additional vice-captains. Tiger Woods, who had previously been named a vice-captain, would no longer serve in this position as he was chosen to be one of Furyk's captain's picks. [21]


Thomas Bjørn announced the four captain's picks at 2 pm BST on 5 September. Captain's picks are shown in yellow. The world rankings and records were at the start of the 2018 Ryder Cup. [22]

Flag of Europe.svg Europe team
NameCountryAgePoints rank
Points rank
Ryder Cups
Francesco Molinari Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 35115260–4–216.67
Justin Rose Flag of England.svg  England 3822241911–6–263.16
Tyrrell Hatton Flag of England.svg  England 2636260Rookie
Tommy Fleetwood Flag of England.svg  England 2745120Rookie
Jon Rahm Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 236380Rookie
Rory McIlroy Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 297464199–6–457.89
Alex Norén Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3687180Rookie
Thorbjørn Olesen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2858450Rookie
Paul Casey Flag of England.svg  England 41351121393–2–455.56
Sergio García Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3824132883719–11–760.81
Ian Poulter Flag of England.svg  England 422293451812–4–272.22
Henrik Stenson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 421617244167–7–250.00

Captain's picks are shown in yellow. Jim Furyk announced three captain's picks at 5 pm EDT on 4 September. The final captain's pick was announced on 10 September after the conclusion of the BMW Championship. The world rankings and records were at the start of the 2018 Ryder Cup. [23]

Flag of the United States.svg United States team
Ryder Cups
Brooks Koepka 2813143–1–075.00
Dustin Johnson 34213116–5–054.55
Justin Thomas 25340Rookie
Patrick Reed 28415296–1–277.78
Bubba Watson 395143113–8–027.27
Jordan Spieth 25610294–3–255.56
Rickie Fowler 29793112–4–540.91
Webb Simpson 33816262–3–141.67
Bryson DeChambeau 25970Rookie
Phil Mickelson 481025114518–20–747.78
Tiger Woods 42111373313–17–343.94
Tony Finau 2915170Rookie

Friday's matches

Morning fourballs

The opening round of four fourball matches started at 8:10 am local time. Pairings were announced after the Opening Ceremony on Thursday. [24] The first point of the 2018 Ryder Cup was won by Team USA, with Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler winning 4 & 2 against Rory McIlroy and Thorbjørn Olesen. [25] Despite being two up with six holes to play, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose lost out to Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau on the 18th hole, while Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas also won by one against Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton, putting Team USA 3–0 ahead. [25] A spectator struck by Koepka's drive on the 6th hole lost the sight in one eye. [26] Coming back from two down, Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari defeated Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed 3 & 1 to secure Team Europe's first point of the tournament, and to end the first morning 3–1 in favour of Team USA. [25]

Flag of Europe.svg Results Flag of the United States.svg
Rose/Rahm Flag of the United States.svg 1 up Koepka/Finau
McIlroy/Olesen Flag of the United States.svg 4 & 2 Johnson/Fowler
Casey/Hatton Flag of the United States.svg 1 up Thomas/Spieth
Molinari/Fleetwood Flag of Europe.svg 3 & 1 Reed/Woods

Afternoon foursomes

Europe's first clean sweep of the afternoon foursomes in the history of the Ryder Cup saw Team Europe end the day 5–3 ahead of Team USA. [27] Sergio García and Alex Norén won 5 & 4 over Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter came from two down after the first three holes to beat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4 & 2, Fleetwood and Molinari repeated their morning success with a 4 & 3 win over Spieth and Thomas, while Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson beat Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler 3 & 2. [27] [28]

Flag of Europe.svg Results Flag of the United States.svg
Stenson/Rose Flag of Europe.svg 3 & 2 Johnson/Fowler
Poulter/McIlroy Flag of Europe.svg 4 & 2 Watson/Simpson
García/Norén Flag of Europe.svg 5 & 4 Mickelson/DeChambeau
Molinari/Fleetwood Flag of Europe.svg 5 & 4 Thomas/Spieth

Saturday's matches

Morning fourballs

The Saturday fourballs saw Europe continue to dominate with wins for García/McIlroy (2 & 1) against Koepka and Finau, Casey/Hatton (3 & 2) against Fowler/Johnson and Molinari/Fleetwood (4 & 3) against Reed/Woods. Team USA secured their only point of the morning session with Thomas and Spieth defeating Poulter and Rahm 2 & 1, to leave the overall tournament at 8–4 in Team Europe's favour. [29] Despite the strong performance, Team Europe captain Thomas Bjørn reiterated: "Nothing's won, we're just over the halfway stage. There's no bit happiness yet, there's still a determination and work to be done". [29]

Flag of Europe.svg Results Flag of the United States.svg
García/McIlroy Flag of Europe.svg 2 & 1 Koepka/Finau
Casey/Hatton Flag of Europe.svg 3 & 2 Johnson/Fowler
Molinari/Fleetwood Flag of Europe.svg 4 & 3 Reed/Woods
Poulter/Rahm Flag of the United States.svg 2 & 1 Thomas/Spieth

Afternoon foursomes

The afternoon session was drawn 2–2. It saw Team Europe's Molinari and Fleetwood win for the fourth time, a European record in the Ryder Cup, this time 5 & 4 over Woods and DeChambeau. [30] Team USA's Spieth and Thomas defeated Poulter and McIlroy 4 & 3, while Simpson and Watson's green play saw them defeat Europe's García and Norén 3 & 2. The fourth pairing saw Rose and Stenson narrowly beat Johnson and Koepka 2 & 1 as a result of some good putting late in the round. [30] [31]

Flag of Europe.svg Results Flag of the United States.svg
Stenson/Rose Flag of Europe.svg 2 & 1 Johnson/Koepka
García/Norén Flag of the United States.svg 3 & 2 Watson/Simpson
Molinari/Fleetwood Flag of Europe.svg 5 & 4 Woods/DeChambeau
Poulter/McIlroy Flag of the United States.svg 4 & 3 Thomas/Spieth

Sunday's singles matches

The United States put their best players at the top of the card on Sunday, and despite the four point deficit threatened a comeback in the singles, as they won 312 points from the first four matches. Justin Thomas beat Rory McIlroy on the final hole as the latter's approach found the water, and Tony Finau defeated the previously unbeaten Tommy Fleetwood 6 & 4. [32] However, from then on Europe dominated, winning the next six matches to lead 1612–912. Guarantees of at least a half-point each for García and Stenson (both of whom later got full points) meant that victory was already assured before the 1412-point winning post was officially reached when Phil Mickelson, already three holes down, found the water on the 16th hole and conceded the hole and match to Molinari, who became the first player for Europe to score what is now the maximum possible five points in a single Ryder Cup. [33] [n 1] The remaining two matches were shared between the teams, leaving the final score 1712–1012 to Europe. [32] Sergio García's singles win made him the all-time Ryder Cup points leader, with 2512 points in nine appearances, overtaking Nick Faldo's 25 points in 11 appearances. [34] [n 2] [38]

Flag of Europe.svg Results Flag of the United States.svg Timetable
Rory McIlroy Flag of the United States.svg 1 up Justin Thomas 1st: 10–7
Paul Casey halved Brooks Koepka 2nd: 1012–712
Justin Rose Flag of the United States.svg 3 & 2 Webb Simpson 3rd: 1012812
Jon Rahm Flag of Europe.svg 2 & 1 Tiger Woods 6th: 1212–912
Tommy Fleetwood Flag of the United States.svg 6 & 4 Tony Finau 4th: 1012912
Ian Poulter Flag of Europe.svg 2 up Dustin Johnson 7th: 1312–912
Thorbjørn Olesen Flag of Europe.svg 5 & 4 Jordan Spieth 5th: 1112–912
Sergio García Flag of Europe.svg 2 & 1 Rickie Fowler 10th: 1612–912
Francesco Molinari Flag of Europe.svg 4 & 2 Phil Mickelson 8th: 1412–912
Tyrrell Hatton Flag of the United States.svg 3 & 2 Patrick Reed 11th: 16121012
Henrik Stenson Flag of Europe.svg 5 & 4 Bubba Watson 9th: 1512–912
Alex Norén Flag of Europe.svg 1 up Bryson DeChambeau 12th: 1712–1012

Individual player records

Each entry refers to the win–loss–half record of the player. [39]


Paul Casey 1.531–1–10–0–10–0–01–1–0
Tommy Fleetwood 454–1–00–1–02–0–02–0–0
Sergio García 343–1–01–0–01–1–01–0–0
Tyrrell Hatton 131–2–00–1–00–0–01–1–0
Rory McIlroy 252–3–00–1–01–1–01–1–0
Francesco Molinari 555–0–01–0–02–0–02–0–0
Alex Norén 232–1–01–0–01–1–00–0–0
Thorbjørn Olesen 121–1–01–0–00–0–00–1–0
Ian Poulter 242–2–01–0–01–1–00–1–0
Jon Rahm 131–2–01–0–00–0–00–2–0
Justin Rose 242–2–00–1–02–0–00–1–0
Henrik Stenson 333–0–01–0–02–0–00–0–0

United States

Bryson DeChambeau 030–3–00–1–00–2–00–0–0
Tony Finau 232–1–01–0–00–0–01–1–0
Rickie Fowler 141–3–00–1–00–1–01–1–0
Dustin Johnson 151–4–00–1–00–2–01–1–0
Brooks Koepka 1.541–2–10–0–10–1–01–1–0
Phil Mickelson 020–2–00–1–00–1–00–0–0
Patrick Reed 131–2–01–0–00–0–00–2–0
Webb Simpson 232–1–01–0–01–1–00–0–0
Jordan Spieth 353–2–00–1–01–1–02–0–0
Justin Thomas 454–1–01–0–01–1–02–0–0
Bubba Watson 131–2–00–1–01–1–00–0–0
Tiger Woods 040–4–00–1–00–1–00–2–0


  1. Tony Jacklin got 5 points (from 6 matches - 4 wins and 2 ties) playing for Great Britain in 1969 [ citation needed ] while Peter Alliss won 5 of his 6 matches in 1965.
  2. Besides losing his points record to Sergio García, [34] Nick Faldo was also overtaken by Phil Mickelson for most appearances (with 12 to Faldo's 11) and most matches played (with 47 to Faldo's 46). [35] Mickelson also overtook Arnold Palmer for most singles matches played by a US player (with 12 to Palmer's 11); [35] he also set a Ryder Cup record of 22 losses, [36] one ahead of Tiger Woods, [37] Neil Coles, and Christy O'Connor Snr (see European and American playing records).

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