Tattoo vow spices up Ryder Cup rivalry

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The Ryder Cup is acceptable to ignite aged rivalries betwixt Team USA and Team Europe successful 1 of golf's astir fashionable squad events.

The 43rd variation of the tourney was postponed a twelvemonth owed to the pandemic, which volition present spot it marque a historical alteration to being held during odd-numbered years.

The Americans person six Ryder Cup rookies successful the 2021 showdown, which is their astir since 2008 erstwhile they won astatine Valhalla. Team USA volition besides beryllium without Phil Mickelson for the archetypal clip since 1993, with 'Lefty' lone determination arsenic 1 of the adjunct captains. And Tiger Woods is inactive mending from a car accident.

For Team USA, younker is the key, with their mean property of 29 making them the youngest-ever American squad astatine a Ryder Cup. Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson are the lone Americans who person played successful much than 1 Ryder Cup. Key players volition beryllium Xander Schauffele, who is caller disconnected winning a golden medal astatine the Tokyo Olympics, and Spieth, who owed to the Ryder Cup's postponement was capable to regain the signifier that saw him burst onto the play country with 3 majors earlier helium turned 24.

All eyes volition besides beryllium connected feuding US teammates Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau. Koepka injured his near wrist again during the last circular of the Tour Championship, and past helium attracted the incorrect benignant of attraction from a magazine interview that raised questions implicit however overmuch helium truly enjoys the Ryder Cup. He has cooled his spat with DeChambeau, who has been grooming arsenic overmuch for a Long Drive contention which volition beryllium close aft the Ryder Cup.

For Team Europe, they antagonistic the Americans with ample experience. Europe has fractional arsenic galore rookies, and skipper Padraig Harrington filled retired his squad with Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter, who person combined for 15 Ryder Cups and a 42-18-9 record.

At this Ryder Cup England's Tommy Fleetwood volition suffer his imagination pairing with Italian Francesco Molinari - unneurotic nicknamed "Moliwood" - and volition person to forge connected with a caller spouse oregon 2 astatine Whistling Straits. His sidekick from the 2018 Ryder Cup, a British Open champion with 3 erstwhile appearances successful the Cup, failed to suffice this clip astir oregon unafraid a captain's pick.

Depending connected what happens successful the Ryder Cup this weekend, determination mightiness beryllium immoderate caller tattoos sported. Thomas Bjorn famously said helium would get a Ryder Cup tattoo if his European squad won successful 2018, and past followed done connected his committedness with a silhouette of the Cup and the last people tattooed connected his rear end. Harrington confirmed helium volition beryllium getting a tattoo if Europe are victorious.

"I volition beryllium getting a tattoo," Harrington said. "If my squad produces a winning week I volition beryllium getting a tattoo to people the occasion."

WHEN

The Ryder Cup volition beryllium staged connected September 24-26, 2021.

WHERE

The tourney volition instrumentality spot astatine Whistling Straits Golf Club successful Sheboygan, Wisconsin, which is simply a par 71 course.

THE TEAMS

Team Europe

Captain: Padraig Harrington. European roster: Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger.

Captain: Steve Stricker. US roster: Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas.

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THE FORMAT

The Ryder Cup is simply a lucifer play event. Each lucifer is worthy 1 point. With 28 points available, a minimum full of 14 and a fractional points volition triumph the Ryder Cup, and 14 volition beryllium capable for the reigning champion to clasp the title. The archetypal and 2nd time volition comprise of 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches, and the last time of play volition beryllium 12 singles matches.

THE HISTORY

Europe are the defending champion but the United States has won much Ryder Cup events wide (26-14-2). While the Americans pb the bid dating to 1927, Europe holds an 11-8-1 vantage since 1979 erstwhile the Britain & Ireland squad was expanded to see continental Europe.

HOW TO WATCH

Fox Sports and Kayo Sports volition broadcast the tourney successful Australia, starting astatine 10pm (AEST) connected September 24.

THE BETTING ODDS (COURTESY OF SPORTSBET) *correct astatine clip of publishing

USA - $1.40
Europe - $3.25

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