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Experience The 2016 Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2016 28 September - 2 October 2016

Poulter and Woods in the Ryder Cup

Following on from Gleneagles 2014, The Ryder Cup will head back across the Atlantic to the USA and Hazeltine National Golf Club, one of the most prestigious and storied golf clubs in America’s Midwest.

Hazeltine might be familiar to those of you who have kept a keen eye on professional golf over the years, having hosted countless major championships since opening for play in 1962, most recently the 2009 PGA Championships. Now this Minnesota golfing marvel will take one more step towards golfing immortality by hosting the greatest show in golf, The Ryder Cup.

The 41st edition of the biannual battle between Europe and the USA will be held from September 30th through October 2nd 2016 and will put the perfect exclamation point on this summer of golf.

For fans of the biennial battle between the United States and Europe who are making the trip to Minnesota, there is plenty to learn—especially if it is your first trip to the land of 10,000 water hazards! Visitors are advised to bring their clubs and plan to play some of the finest courses the USA has to offer.

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A Look at the 2016 Ryder Cup

The course
Designed in the early 1960s by Robert Trent Jones with a view to host a national championship, Hazeltine didn’t take long to turn heads in the world of golf and only eight years after opening for play, it hosted the 1970 US Open. Since then, the course has played host many more prestigious championships including another US Open, the US Women’s Open, the US Senior Open, not to mention the more recent PGA Championships in 2002 and 2009, which simply underlines the quality of Trent Jones’ layout; a fitting stage no doubt for the exciting cut and thrust of The Ryder Cup.

Modified by Rees Jones – son of Robert Trent Jones – prior to the 1991 US Open, Hazeltine offers one of the most demanding tests of golf in the USA, but it also offers plenty of birdie chances to the world’s best golfers. Who can forget Tiger Woods posting four closing birdies at the 2002 PGA Championship, only to be pipped at the post by the journeyman Rich Beem? Or Y.E. Yang’s power lifter celebration after becoming the 1st player to catch and pass Tiger after holding the 54-hole lead in a major championship?

Measuring no less than 7,600 yards from the tournament tees, Hazeltine requires powerful hitting from the tee and yet the narrow fairways and sweeping undulations put a premium on accuracy as well.

Perennially in immaculate condition, Hazeltine boasts a number of spectacular holes that will provide the perfect stage for matchplay golf, not least of which is the par 4 16th; the course’s signature hole. With Lake Hazeltine patrolling the left of the hole and a small creek running down the right, as well as a elevated green that sits perched on a peninsula with water on all sides, don’t be surprised if this devilish par 4 is the stage for some serious Ryder Cup drama late on Singles Sunday!

What you need to know

Getting there
London Heathrow is the only airport in the UK offering direct flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport courtesy of Delta Air Lines. Several airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Iberia provide indirect flights covering the rest of the major airports in the UK.
Flights from London vary between 8 and 9 hours in length, whereas if you opt for an indirect flight you should be prepared for a much longer flight time!
Upon arrival at the airport, it will take you only 15 minutes to make your way to downtown Minneapolis by car or 24 minutes if you choose to take the Light-Rail Transit (LRT).

Getting around
Minneapolis is relatively compact so getting around town is nice and easy, meaning that, away from the golf course; you can explore the city to your heart’s content thanks to a number of transportation options.
Metro Transit runs one of the largest public transportation services in the USA so using the bus is a convenient and inexpensive way of getting from A to B. Hailing a cab is also relatively straight forward and the LRT connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport, the Mall of America and no less than 18 other stations.

Golf in the area
Minnesota, contrary to popular misconception, is not located near the Arctic Circle and therefore not under snow and ice for the entire year. A very temperate golf season, which extends through seven months of the year, culminates in mid-to-late September (perfect timing for those visiting for the Ryder Cup) when it is the peak growing season for Minnesota, and when many of the local golf courses are in the best shape they are all year long.


Ryder Cup Reviews

Reviews from previous Ryder Cup packages taken by Your Golf Travel customers to Medinah, Celtic Manor, Valhalla and The K Club

5out of 5 based on 4 reviews

Martin

Reviewed in September 2012
5 5
The best sporting event I've ever been to. We never could have seen Europe coming back on Sunday as they did and it made for some amazing viewing. Thanks for your help in organising everything it all went seemlessly.

Steve

Reviewed in September 2012
5 5
The result was more than we could have ever expected, the atmosphere on Sunday was something I'll never forget and look forward to booking my place for Gleneagles.

David

Reviewed in September 2012
5 5
Thanks for your help in organising a trip of a lifetime. We were so pleased we could experience this and the result was really unexpected. We'd recommend this trip to anyone and hope to book with you again soon.

Daniel

Reviewed in September 2012
5 5
Thanks to all at Your Golf Travel for making my week in Chicago as great as it was. The transfers were efficient and the hotel was the perfect base to explore the sights and sounds in the evening. The golf was obviously first class - still can't believe that fight back!


A Look at the 2014 Ryder Cup Teams

For just the second time in its history, the Ryder Cup tournament returns to Scotland this year with a hungry US side desperate to avenge their heartbreaking loss at Medinah. But that will be no easy feat, with Paul McGinley assorting a form squad for Europe's trophy defence at Gleneagles – headed by the World No.1 Rory McIlroy.

The Europeans boast 13 Tour victories between them this season, including three of the year's four majors, and with big names missing in action for the Americans such as Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, is there anything to suggest Tom Watson's boys can overturn their underdog status and retain the Ryder Cup trophy away from home?

We take a closer look at how the two squads stack up...

Ryder Cup Teams 2014


A Look at Team Europe's Players for the 2014 Ryder Cup

From the rookies to stalwarts, we take a look at McGinley's Men for 2014

Thomas Bjorn
Nationality: Danish | Age: 43


Bjorn
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (1997, 2002)
Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 2 losses / 1 halve (1-0-1 singles; 0-2-0 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 50% - 33.5% - 16.5%
Driving distance: 285 yards
GIR: 66.3%
Putts per round: 28.6
2014 winnings: $2.3m
2014 highlights: T8 at the Masters. Six top-10s in 19 starts this year, highlighted by T3 at BMW PGA Championship.

Jamie Donaldson
Nationality: Welsh | Age: 38


Donaldson
Ryder Cup appearances: None
Ryder Cup record: Rookie - First Appearance
Driving distance: 289.4 yards
GIR: 67.9%
Putts per round: 29
2014 winnings: $2.3m
2014 highlights: Winner of the D+D Real Czech Masters. T2 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship behind Patrick Reed.

Victor Dubuisson
Nationality: French | Age: 24


Dubuisson
Ryder Cup appearances: None
Ryder Cup record: Rookie - First Appearance
Driving distance: 304.5 yards
GIR: 66.4%
Putts per round: 29.4
2014 winnings: $1.9m
2014 highlights: Runner-up at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship to Jason Day. Top 10s at The Open Championship (T9) and PGA Championship (T7).

Stephen Gallacher
Nationality: Scottish | Age: 39


gallacher
Ryder Cup appearances: None
Ryder Cup record: Rookie - First Appearance
Driving distance: 296.4 yards
GIR: 69.9%
Putts per round: 29.5
2014 winnings: $1.8m
2014 highlights: Winner of the Dubai Desert Classic for the second consecutive year. Finished T6 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Runner-up at the Nordea Masters. Third at the Italian Open. T5 in the BMW PGA Championship.

Sergio Garcia
Nationality: Spanish | Age: 34


Garcia
Ryder Cup appearances: 6 (1999-2008, 2012)
Ryder Cup record: 16 wins / 8 losses / 4 halves (2-4-0 singles; 8-2-1 foursomes; 6-2-3 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 57% - 29% - 14%
Driving distance: 302.7 yards
GIR: 69.4%
Putts per round: 28.57
2014 winnings: $5.7m
2014 highlights: Won Qatar Masters. Runner-up at The Open Championship. Second at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Travelers Championship. Third at The Players Championship and Shell Houston Open.

Martin Kaymer
Nationality: German | Age: 29


Kaymer
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 2 losses / 1 halve (1-1-0 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 2-1-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 50% - 33.5% - 16.5%
Driving distance: 295.3 yards
GIR: 65.3%
Putts per round: 28.97
2014 winnings: $4.6m
2014 highlights: Won the U.S. Open and The Players Championship.

Graeme McDowell
Nationality: Northern Irish | Age: 35


McDowell
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2008-12)
Ryder Cup record: 5 wins / 5 losses / 2 halves (2-1-0 singles; 2-2-1 foursomes; 1-2-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 41.5% - 41.5% - 17%
Driving distance: 278.0 yards
GIR: 66.3%
Putts per round: 28.56
2014 winnings: $2.8m
2014 highlights: Won the French Open. Nine top-10s in 17 worldwide starts, including T9 at The Open Championship and T5 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

Rory McIlroy
Nationality: Northern Irish | Age: 25


McIlroy
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
Ryder Cup record: 4 wins / 3 losses / 2 halves (1-0-1 singles; 2-2-0 foursomes; 1-1-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 44% - 33.5% - 22.5%
Driving distance: 311.2 yards
GIR: 70.9%
Putts per round: 28.6
2014 winnings: $8.9m
2014 highlights: Won two majors (The Open Championship and PGA Championship), a World Golf Championship (Bridgestone Invitational) and the BMW Championship. Returned to No.1 in the world and currently sits at No.2 in the FedExCup.

Ian Poulter
Nationality: English | Age: 38


Poulter
Ryder Cup appearances: 4 (2004, 2008-12)
Ryder Cup record: 12 wins / 3 losses / 0 halves (4-0-0 singles; 4-1-0 foursomes; 4-2-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 80% - 20% - 0%
Driving distance: 288.1 yards
GIR: 62.4%
Putts per round: 28.64
2014 winnings: $1.8m
2014 highlights: Top-25s at the Masters (T20) and U.S. Open (T17). Finished T5 at the China Open and T6 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Justin Rose
Nationality: English | Age: 34


Rose
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2008, 2012)
Ryder Cup record: 6 wins / 3 losses / 0 halves (2-0-0 singles; 3-1-0 foursomes; 1-2-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 67% - 33% - 0%
Driving distance: 295.2 yards
GIR: 69.1%
Putts per round: 28.88
2014 winnings: $4.6m
2014 highlights: Winner of the Quicken Loans National and Scottish Open. T4 at The Players Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Top 25s at all four majors.

Henrik Stenson
Nationality: Swedish | Age: 38


Stenson
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2006-08)
Ryder Cup record: 2 wins / 3 losses / 2 halves (1-1-0 singles; 1-1-1 foursomes; 0-1-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 28.5% - 43% - 28.5%
Driving distance: 300.6 yards
GIR: 72%
Putts per round: 29.89
2014 winnings: $2.8m
2014 highlights: Finished in the top-15 at three of the four majors, with a 14th at The Masters, T4 at U.S. Open and T3 at PGA Championship.

Lee Westwood
Nationality: English | Age: 41


Westwood
Ryder Cup appearances: 8 (1997-2012)
Ryder Cup record: 18 wins / 13 losses / 6 halves (3-5-0 singles; 7-4-4 foursomes; 8-4-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 49% - 35% - 16%
Driving distance: 292.3 yards
GIR: 65.7%
Putts per round: 28.95
2014 winnings: $1.6m
2014 highlights: Won the Malaysian Open. 7th at The Masters and T6 at The Players Championship.

A Look at Team USA's Players for the 2014 Ryder Cup

Watson's Warriors are ready for the battle at Gleneagles

Keegan Bradley
Age: 28


Keegan Bradley
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2012)
Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 1 loss / 0 halves (0-1-0 singles; 2-0-0 foursomes; 1-0-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 75% - 25% - 0%
Driving distance: 302.2 yards
GIR: 66.67%
Putts per round: 28.88
2014 winnings: $2.8m
2014 highlights: Runner-up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Finished T4 at both the US Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Rickie Fowler
Age: 25


Rickie Fowler
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2010)
Ryder Cup record: 0 wins / 1 losses / 2 halves (0-0-1 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 0-1-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 50% - 33.5% - 16.5%
Driving distance: 297 yards
GIR: 64.47%
Putts per round: 28.51
2014 winnings: $4.5m
2014 highlights: Top five in all four majors (T5 at Masters; T2 at U.S. Open; T2 at Open Championship; T3 at PGA Championship). 3rd at the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

Jim Furyk
Age: 44


furyk
Ryder Cup appearances: 8 (1997-99-2002-04-06-08-10-12)
Ryder Cup record: 9 wins / 17 losses / 4 halves (4-3-1 singles; 4-6-2 foursomes; 1-8-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 30% - 57% - 13%
Driving distance: 279.3 yards
GIR: 68.64%
Putts per round: 28.99
2014 winnings: $5.3m
2014 highlights: Runner-up at the Wells Fargo, The Players and the RBC Canadian Open. Top-15 in all four majors, including 4th at The Open and T5 at the PGA Championship. Nine top-10s in 19 starts this season.

Zach Johnson
Age: 38


Johnson
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2006-10-12)
Ryder Cup record: 6 wins / 4 losses / 1 halve (2-1-0 singles; 3-2-1 foursomes; 1-1-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 54.5% - 36.5% - 9%
Driving distance: 282.2 yards
GIR: 67.63%
Putts per round: 28.89
2014 winnings: $3.2m
2014 highlights: Winner of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Runner-up at the John Deere Classic. Third at the Humana Challenge. 11 top-25s, including five top-10s in 2014.

Matt Kuchar
Age: 36


Matt Kuchar
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 2 losses / 2 halves (0-2-0 singles; 1-0-0 foursomes; 2-0-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 43% - 28.5% - 28.5%
Driving distance: 283.6 yards
GIR: 67.06%
Putts per round: 28.76
2014 winnings: $4.5m
2014 highlights: Won the RBC Heritage. T5 at The Masters. Runner-up at the Shell Houston Open. 10 top-10s, including six top-fives, this season.

Hunter Mahan
Age: 32


Hunter Mahan
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2008-10)
Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 2 losses / 3 halves (0-1-1 singles; 2-1-1 foursomes; 1-0-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 37.5% - 25% - 37.5%
Driving distance: 295.8 yards
GIR: 67.49%
Putts per round: 29.40
2014 winnings: $3.0m
2014 highlights: Winner of The Barclays. T7 at the PGA Championship.

Phil Mickelson
Age: 44


Phil Mickelson
Ryder Cup appearances: 9 (1995-97-99-2002-04-06-08-10-12)
Ryder Cup record: 14 wins / 18 losses / 6 halves (4-5-0 singles; 4-5-4 foursomes; 6-8-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 37% - 47% - 16%
Driving distance: 292.4 yards
GIR: 65.26%
Putts per round: 28.58
2014 winnings: $2.2m
2014 highlights: Runner-up at the PGA Championship. Ten top-25s in 20 starts.

Patrick Reed
Age: 24


patrick reed
Ryder Cup appearances: None
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
Driving distance: 292.6 yards
GIR: 64.15%
Putts per round: 28.84
2014 winnings: $3.9m
2014 highlights: Winner of the Humana Challenge and WGC-Cadillac Championship. Fourth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Webb Simpson
Age: 29


Webb Simpson
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2012)
Ryder Cup record: 2 wins / 2 losses / 0 halves (0-1-0 singles; 0-1-0 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 50% - 50% - 0%
Driving distance: 288.7 yards
GIR: 65.76%
Putts per round: 28.81
2014 winnings: $3.4m
2014 highlights: Nine top-10s, including three third-place finishes, this season.

Jordan Spieth
Age: 21


Jordan Spieth
Ryder Cup appearances: None
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
Driving distance: 290 yards
GIR: 63.00%
Putts per round: 27.85
2014 winnings: $4.2m
2014 highlights: Finished T2 at The Masters. Runner-up at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. T4 at The Players Championship. Seven top-10s in 25 starts this year.

Jimmy Walker
Age: 35


Jimmy Walker
Ryder Cup appearances: None
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
Driving distance: 301.2 yards
GIR: 67.81%
Putts per round: 28.73
2014 winnings: $5.6m
2014 highlights: Won the Frys.com Open, Sony Open in Hawaii and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Top-10s at three of the four majors (T8 at The Masters, T9 at the US Open, T7 at the PGA Championship). Ten top-10s in 25 starts.

Bubba Watson
Age: 35


Bubba Watson
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 5 losses / 0 halves (0-2-0 singles; 0-2-0 foursomes; 3-1-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 37.5% - 62.5% - 0%
Driving distance: 314.2 yards
GIR: 67.79%
Putts per round: 28.91
2014 winnings: $6.1m
2014 highlights: Winner of this year's Masters. Won the Northern Trust Open. Runner-up at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and Phoenix Open. Seven top 10s, including five top-three finishes this season.

About The Ryder Cup

Within easy reach of both Edinburgh and Glasgow, Gleneagles will welcome visitors from across the globe hoping to experience the unique atmosphere that the Ryder Cup brings. With the last two contests being separated by just one point, the Ryder Cup has become one of the most fiercely contested team events. With Europe coming out on top courtesy of a 8 foot putt by Germany's Martin Kaymer, it'll be safe to say that the European's have experienced the rub of the green in recent years but the American's will come back hungrier than ever with a will to win that will make for a fantastic event.

Your Golf Travel can offer a host of tournament packages to watch, stay and enjoy the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Reserve your package now which include five nights accommodation, tickets to Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as return transportation.

Future Ryder Cup Venues
The Ryder Cup takes place every two years, so following this year's event at Gleneagles it will return to the USA in 2016 when Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota will play host. As one of just two clubs in the US to have hosted every tournament offered by the USGA and PGA of America, it will no doubt provide a memorable test for the best golfers from America and Europe. Register your interest now and we'll be in touch when our packages go on sale.

2018 Ryder Cup Venue
Le Golf National, Paris, France
With excellent transport links from across Europe this looks set to be a fantastic event. Golfers will be familiar with the course with it being a regular stop on the European Tour for the Open de France played each July.

2020 Ryder Cup Venue
Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin
Following its triumphant hosting of the 2010 US PGA Championship, which saw Martin Kaymer conquer in a play-off over Bubba Watson, Whistling Straits will provide an excellent challenge combined with some of the finest views in golf.

Tournament Overview
The Ryder Cup has been played 39 times with this year's competition being the 40th. It gets its name from English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy. The trophy and the glory are the main attraction as the players receive no prize money.

Until 1979 the European team consisted solely of golfers from Great Britain and Ireland but it was argued that the tournament wasn't competitive enough because of the number of American wins. By opening the tournament to European golfers the likes of talented Seve Ballesteros, Antonio Garrido and Bernhard Langer helped to make the Ryder Cup what it is today.

Historical wins
Until 1979's team changes the United States had won 18 out of 22 matches with the Great Britain team taking home just three wins and then tying on one.

When continental European golfers were introduced to the team, out of the 17 matches played since 1979, Europe has won nine to the United States' seven. They've tied once too. When it's a tie the last team to win holds onto the Cup.

Team Selection
In 1969 the team size increased from 10 players to 12. At this year's Ryder Cup each team will be made up of nine players who qualify based on their performance and then three players chosen by the captain.

The Captains
This year's captains are Paul McGinley for Europe and Tom Watson for USA.

Irishman McGinley famously holed a ten-foot putt on the 18th hole at the 2002 Ryder Cup at The Belfry against Jim Furyk. It won the Cup for Europe. He's been Team Europe's vice-captain for the last two Ryder Cups and this year takes the helm.

Tom Watson hails from Kansas City. His wins have included eight major championships - five Opens, two Masters and one U.S. Open. He was also captain at the 1993 Ryder Cup at The Belfry whre he captained his side to victory.