What Is The Ryder Cup?
Every two years, the United States plays a gold match against European golfers called the Ryder Cup. This tournament consists of 28 matches divided into three formats: Foursomes, four-ball and singles.
Each of the 28 matches is worth one point, and the first team to 14 1/2 points wins the cup. If a tie occurs, it results in a half a point each. Matches also occur between other European Ryder Cup countries.
European Ryder Cup Team Countries and Players
This list estimates the number of European Ryder Cup Countries and players. Golfers from 16 locations represented the European Ryder Cup team since the first match played in 1927.
- Austria — Bernd Wiesberger represented Europe from this country in 2021.
- Belgium — Nicolas Colsaert played in 2012, and Thomas Pieters played in 2016.
- Denmark — This country had five people from it play in the Ryder Cup in 1997, 2002, 2008, 2014 and 2018.
- England — This country had the most players representing Europe for a total of 80 as of 2021.
- France — Three golfers participated from this European nation in 1999, 2004 and 2014.
- Germany — By 2021, at least 14 players from this country participated on behalf of Europe.
- Guernsey — Herbert Jolly from this English Channel Island played for Europe in 1927 and 1931.
- Ireland — 16 golfers total by 2021 had their chance to compete in the Ryder Cup tournaments for Europe.
- Italy — 7 people made it to become a representative of Europe in these golfing matches.
- Jersey — Aubrey Boomer played in 1927 and 1929, and Ted Ray played in 1927.
- Northern Ireland — At least 17 people played from this location on Europe’s behalf.
- Norway — Viktor Hovland represented Europe in 2021.
- Scotland — This country had the most players representing Europe by 2021, totaling 35 golfers.
- Spain — At 42 golfers representing Europe, this country ranked second for the number of players represented by 2021.
- Sweden — 10 players came from this country. Henrik Stenson represented the most times in 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2018.
- Wales — At least 10 players represented Europe by 2021 from this country.
Ryder Cup Match Champions
The United States won the Ryder Cup 27 times out of the 43 games they played since 1927, with the most recent time being in 2021. They tied twice and lost 14 games.
Great Britain & Ireland won 3 of the 22 games they played between 1927 and 1977, and they tied one game. Europe, which may represent players from a variety of countries, won 11 of the 21 matches they played between 1979-2021 and tied one.