Proud to be An Official Charity of The 2014 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is golf’s most prestigious competition with teams from Europe and the United States battling to win the much sought after trophy. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy. The 2014 Ryder Cup will be held at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perth & Kinross, Scotland, from 23rd to 28th September 2014.

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Originally contested between Great Britain and the United States, the first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927 at Worcester Country Club, in Massachusetts, US. The home team won the first five contests, but with the competition's resumption after the Second World War, repeated American dominance eventually led to a decision to extend the representation of "Great Britain and Ireland" to include continental Europe from 1979. The inclusion of continental European golfers was partly prompted by the success of a new generation of Spanish golfers, led by Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido. In 1973 the official title of the British Team had been changed from "Great Britain" to "Great Britain and Ireland", but this was simply a change of name to reflect the fact that golfers from the Republic of Ireland had been playing in the Great Britain Ryder Cup team since 1953, while Northern Irish players had competed since 1947.

Team Europe Vs Team America

Since 1979, Europe has won nine times outright and retained the Cup once in a tied match, with seven American wins over this period. The European team has included players from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden. The Ryder Cup, and its counterpart the Presidents Cup, remain exceptions within the world of professional sports because the players receive no prize money despite the contests being high-profile events that bring in large amounts of money in television and sponsorship revenue.

The Miracle at Medinah

The 2012 Ryder Cup took place at the Medinah Country Club, in Illinois, US. The winner was Europe by a score of 14½ points to 13½ having overturned a four-point deficit going into the final day's play.