RYDER CUP BETS: Who Will Win The Ryder Cup 2018?
The Ryder Cup is a bi-annual event that has become the biggest event in team golf and is the third most watched sporting event in the world after the Olympic Games and the World Cup . This year is celebrated for the first time in France and the National Golf in Versailles , 30 kilometers west of Paris, will be the scene. Europe and the United States, face to face for a title with almost a century of history. Both teams aspire to take over the famous tournament.
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The Ryder Cup, a competition with hearth:
Since the birth of the Ryder Cup in 1927, this tournament has brought great moments in the history of golf. At the beginning, they were played only by players from the United States and Great Britain , face to face. That was until 1973, when the British invited Irish players to play.
But in 1979, Severiano Ballesteros convinced the islands for players from the rest of Europe to face the Americans. Thus the Ryder stopped being a Great Britain-United States and happened to be Europe vs the United States.
Throughout almost a century, the Ryder Cup has seen the best players in the world: the legendary Severiano Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer … the list would be endless, as well as the historical moments that deparado the competition.
This will be the second time that the Ryder Cup will be played in continental Europe after Severiano Ballesteros managed to take the 1997 edition to Valderrama field (which won Europe).
How is the competition system of the Ryder Cup?
The captains of Europe and the United States select 12 players each . In Europe the nine best players of the European circuit are classified and the captain has three invitations. In the United States there are 8 players who are classified according to the ranking of the American circuit and the captain has four invitations at his disposal.
Those 12 players will play a total of 28 matches in a ‘match play’ format : that means that it does not count the total number of hits, but the holes won against the opponent. To win the Ryder Cup you have to get 14.5 points, but if there is a tie at 14, the title does not change hands and remains in the hands of the team that comes to the appointment as champion.
The Ryder Cup always starts on Friday and the first two days the format is identical: four games in the ‘fourball’ system in the morning and four games in the ‘foursome’ format in the afternoon. The ‘fourball’ is that the four players play their own ball and the best of each pair is counted; In the ‘foursome’, on the other hand, each pair plays a single ball that they alternately hit until the hole is finished.
On Sunday the individual matches are disputed, twelve in total to complete the 28 of the competition. While on Friday and Saturday not all players have the obligation to play and it is the captain who decides, on the last and decisive day the 12 members of each team play.
What is the historical marker of the Ryder Cup?
At the beginning of this competition, the United States and Great Britain shared the first four editions, each one winning in its territory. But from 1935 to 1983, the domain was absolutely American: 21 editions with a single British triumph and a draw, the 1969, which served the Americans to retain the title.
However, since 1985 the Europeans have turned the tables with eleven wins and only five defeats. Even the draw of 1989 served the Europeans to retain the cup won the previous edition.
In total, the United States has won the Ryder Cup in 27 editions , including the 1969 draw, while between Great Britain and Europe they have won the competition 14 times , including the 1989 draw.
Moments for the history of the Ryder Cup:
The 1969 concession:
It was one of the most competitive editions in history since 18 of the 32 games were decided on the last hole. But that Ryder will go down in history thanks to Jack Nicklaus , who debuted in the competition. He had just made an ‘eagle’ on 17 to get tied to the last hole and the whole competition was decided there with a 13.5-13.5 on the scoreboard.
Nicklaus needed half a point to achieve the draw and, thus, revalidate the title and made an almost perfect 18th hole, achieving a birdie. His rival, Tony Jacklin, played and left the ball half a meter from the hole, to also sign the birdie, but it was not necessary: Nicklaus took his mark and gave him the blow , signing a draw in the hole that resulted in a draw final of that match and, therefore, of the competition: 14-14.
1989: The Ryder Cup of the row (which was repeated in 1991)
Seve Ballesteros and Paul Azinger got involved in the tournament held at The Belfry when the Spaniard accused the American of cheating. Two years later, the enmity grew in a team match in which Seve played alongside Chema Olazabal and protested that his rivals played with two balls of different weight, something that the captains had prohibited.
Azinger and his partner Chip Beck accused them in turn of coughing when they had to play. Although the referee did not agree with any of them, the atmosphere warmed up and some of the best shots in Ryder’s history were seen . Finally, Olazábal and Ballesteros won by 2 and 1.
1999: An improper celebration of Golf
The controversy presided over the match between Olazábal and Justin Leonard. With 14-13 on the scoreboard, Europe had to win that match to tie at 14 and retain the title they won two years earlier. The Spaniard was a hole behind two at the end, but Leonard putted a putt from 13 meters that gave him a birdie on the 17th hole and the entire American team jumped to the green to celebrate, although Olazábal still had a pending six meters of the hole.
After the spectacle of the players, their wives and many fans celebrating the impressive previous putt, Olazabal had to concentrate on his shot, but he could not take it and the United States retained the title. Weeks after the tournament, many players of the American team apologized for their behavior that afternoon.
Europe visited the United States in Medinah, Illinois, and reached the last day with a 10-6 disadvantage. The speech of the captain, José María Olazábal, which transpired in the mouth of Rory McIlroy, is still remembered: “Every man dies, but not all live for real. I want you to go out there tomorrow and live that day as if it were the last. “
That Sunday, Europe went around the marker winning 8.5 points out of 12 possible and leaving the United States with honey on the lips. Olazábal attributed it to “the gods of golf … or Seve, wherever he is”.