Graphic shows matchplay format used in the Ryder Cup, and points scored in previous tournaments.
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How the Ryder Cup format works

By Mike Tyler

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018 - The Ryder Cup, held every other year between 12-member teams of professional golfers from Europe and the United States, consists of 28 matches played across three days in five matchplay sessions.

The first two days of competition feature four-ball and foursomes matches. The order is determined by the home captain. The third day consists of 12 singles matches.

Each match is worth one point, with matches ending in a draw worth one half-point to each side. The first team to reach 14 ½ points (of the 28 points available) wins the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a 14-14 draw, the team holding the Ryder Cup retains it.

The United States team is the defending champion headed into the 2018 Ryder Cup.

PUBLISHED: 07/09/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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