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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 McGinley's Men's triumph at 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.

Top or Tail your Ryder Cup experience with a great golf holiday
Golfers attending the Ryder Cup have a wealth of fantastic golf resorts to combine as part of their trip. Whether it is re-living past Ryder Cup glories at venues such as PGA National (1983, US won by 14.5 points to 13.5) or Kiawah Island (1991, again won by The US by 14.5 points to 13.5) or even 2020 Ryder Cup venue Whistling Straits, there is plenty of great golf to play in the United States.

For those seeking a Championship golf experience, don't forget the likes of Pebble Beach which is a 4 hour flight from Minneapolis, the Stadium experience at TPC Sawgrass which is just a 3 hour flight to Jacksonville or US Open host Pinehurst which is a 2 hour, 45 minute flight into Raleigh-Durham.


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!


The 2014 Ryder Cup by Numbers

Gleneagles certainly provided us with plenty of amazing moments to remember. Some were, of course, better than others. The bad was seen on Friday morning with Webb Simpson hitting a less than convincing sky off the first tee, while the good was very much on show with Jamie Donaldson's decisive approach into the 15th hole to secure the vital point over Keegan Bradley on Sunday's single matches.

Below we take a look at the numbers of the 2014 Ryder Cup and some of the players who made the event so special.

Ryder Cup Teams 2014


A look back at Team Europe's performance at the 2014 Ryder Cup

From the rookies to stalwarts, we recap the performances of Paul McGinley's triumphant dozen who recaptured the trophy at Gleneagles.

Thomas Bjorn
Nationality: Danish


Bjorn
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (1997, 2002, 2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 4 losses / 2 halves (1-1-1 singles; 0-2-0 foursomes; 2-1-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 33.5% - 44.5% - 22%
2014 record: 0 wins / 2 losses / 1 halve
2014 performance: Looked promising in the opening morning fourball alongside Martin Kaymer, but that half point proved his only scoreboard contribution.

Jamie Donaldson
Nationality: Welsh


Donaldson
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 1 loss / 0 halves (1-0-0 singles; 2-0-0 foursomes; 0-1-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 75% - 25% - 0%
2014 record: 3 wins / 1 loss / 0 halves
2014 performance: Secured three crucial victories in an outstanding Ryder Cup debut, including clinching the trophy with the winning shot against Keegan Bradley.

Victor Dubuisson
Nationality: French


Dubuisson
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 2 wins / 0 losses / 1 halve (0-0-1 singles; 2-0-0 foursomes; 0-0-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 67% - 0% - 33%
2014 record: 2 wins / 0 losses / 1 halve
2014 performance: Confirmed his billing as a future superstar of European golf with an unbeaten performance on debut. Formed a deadly combination with Graeme McDowell.

Stephen Gallacher
Nationality: Scottish


gallacher
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 0 wins / 2 losses / 0 halves (0-1-0 singles; 0-0-0 foursomes; 0-1-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 0% - 100% - 0%
2014 record: 0 wins / 2 losses / 0 halves
2014 performance: Hard not to feel sorry for the local boy, who never quite got going in his opening fourball before battling bravely against Phil Mickelson in the singles.

Sergio Garcia
Nationality: Spanish


Garcia
Ryder Cup appearances: 7 (1999-2008, 2012, 2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 18 wins / 9 losses / 5 halves (3-4-0 singles; 9-2-2 foursomes; 6-3-3 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 56% - 28% - 16%
2014 record: 2 wins / 1 loss / 1 halve
2014 performance: The much vaunted pairing of Sergio/Rory didn't quite click initially, however both recovered to secure key points for Europe. Highlight was the Spaniard's miraculous approach to rescue a half in the Friday foursomes.

Martin Kaymer
Nationality: German


Kaymer
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2010-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 4 wins / 3 losses / 3 halves (2-1-0 singles; 0-0-2 foursomes; 2-2-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 40% - 30% - 30%
2014 record: 1 win, 1 loss, 2 halves
2014 performance: Scored an emphatic singles victory over Bubba Watson which ended with the German holing out for eagle from off the green. Toughed out two halves in a solid performance.

Graeme McDowell
Nationality: Northern Irish


McDowell
Ryder Cup appearances: 4 (2008-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 8 wins / 5 losses / 2 halves (3-1-0 singles; 4-2-1 foursomes; 1-2-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 53% - 33% - 13%
2014 record: 3 wins / 0 losses / 0 halves
2014 performance: A masterful performance as the only European to win all his matches. Overturned a big deficit against Jordan Spieth in the singles when leading out and was a brilliant senior figure alongside Dubuisson. Only surprise was that he didn't play more.

Rory McIlroy
Nationality: Northern Irish


McIlroy
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2010-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 6 wins / 4 losses / 4 halves (2-0-1 singles; 3-2-1 foursomes; 1-2-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 43% - 28.5% - 28.5%
2014 record: 2 wins / 1 loss / 2 halves
2014 performance: The World No.1 got off to a sluggish start Friday before going unbeaten in his remaining four matches, including a dominant singles victory over Rickie Fowler which set the tone for the home side's polished victory.

Ian Poulter
Nationality: English


Poulter
Ryder Cup appearances: 5 (2004, 2008-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 12 wins / 4 losses / 1 halve (4-0-1 singles; 4-1-0 foursomes; 4-3-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 70.5% - 23.5% - 6%
2014 record: 0 wins / 1 loss / 2 halves
2014 performance: Europe's talismanic figure didn't exert his usual dominance at Gleneagles, but still contributed with two determined halves. We saw a glimpse of the eye-popping and fist pumping with a magical chip-in to secure a half alongside McIlroy in the Saturday fourballs.

Justin Rose
Nationality: English


Rose
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2008, 2012-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 9 wins / 3 losses / 2 halves (2-0-1 singles; 4-1-1 foursomes; 3-2-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 64% - 22% - 14%
2014 record: 3 wins / 0 losses / 2 halves
2014 performance: The undisputed star of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Rose led the way for Europe with four points and played some astonishing golf along the way. Made eight birdies in his singles match against Hunter Mahan to snatch a half after trailing for most of the contest.

Henrik Stenson
Nationality: Swedish


Stenson
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2006-08, 2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 5 wins / 4 losses / 2 halves (1-2-0 singles; 2-1-1 foursomes; 2-1-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 45.5% - 36.5% - 18%
2014 record: 3 wins / 1 loss / 0 halves
2014 performance:Made a welcome return to the Ryder Cup, forming a formidable pairing with Rose; the duo winning their three matches. Missed a short birdie putt on 18 to hand Patrick Reed a narrow singles victory.

Lee Westwood
Nationality: English


Westwood
Ryder Cup appearances: 9 (1997-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 20 wins / 15 losses / 6 halves (3-6-0 singles; 9-4-4 foursomes; 8-5-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 49% - 36.5% - 14.5%
2014 record: 2 wins / 2 losses / 0 halves
2014 performance: The Ryder Cup veteran proved the perfect ally for debutante Donaldson; the pair winning both foursomes encounters. Westwood's six birdies weren't enough to stop a red-hot Jimmy Walker in the singles.

A look back at Team USA's performance at the 2014 Ryder Cup

With Tom Watson's troops slipping to an eighth defeat from the past 10 Ryder Cups, we inspect which players rose and which others flopped at Gleneagles.

Keegan Bradley


Keegan Bradley
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2012-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 4 wins / 3 loss / 0 halves (0-2-0 singles; 2-1-0 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 57% - 43% - 0%
2014 record: 1 win / 2 losses / 0 halves
2014 performance: Again partnered with Mickelson but turned in a shadow of his performance at Medinah. Strangely not used at all on Saturday. Won just one hole in succumbing 4&3 to Donaldson in the singles.

Rickie Fowler


Rickie Fowler
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010, 2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 0 wins / 3 losses / 5 halves (0-1-1 singles; 0-1-2 foursomes; 0-1-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 37.5% - 62.5% - 0%
2014 record: 0 wins / 2 losses / 3 halves
2014 performance: Second Ryder Cup, still yet to win a game! Opened with three half points before losing his way in the Saturday foursomes. The much anticipated showdown with McIlroy turned into a procession with the World No.1 winning 5&4.

Jim Furyk


furyk
Ryder Cup appearances: 9 (1997,1999,2002-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 10 wins / 20 losses / 4 halves (4-4-1 singles; 4-8-2 foursomes; 2-8-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 29% - 59% - 12%
2014 record: 1 win / 3 losses / 0 halves
2014 performance: The veteran has now lost more Ryder Cup matches than any American. Despite being the US side's highest ranked player, the World No.4 won just one match.

Zach Johnson


Johnson
Ryder Cup appearances: 4 (2006, 2010-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 6 wins / 6 losses / 2 halves (2-1-1 singles; 3-4-1 foursomes; 1-1-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 43% - 43% - 14%
2014 record: 0 wins / 2 losses / 1 halve
2014 performance: Fourth Ryder Cup appearance - still yet to win one! Johnson failed to fire in his foursomes matches alongside Mahan and Kuchar, before salvaging a half against Dubuisson with a clutch birdie putt at the 18th.

Matt Kuchar


Matt Kuchar
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2010-2014)
Ryder Cup record: 4 wins / 5 losses / 2 halves (1-2-0 singles; 1-2-0 foursomes; 2-1-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 36.5% - 45.5% - 18%
2014 record: 1 win / 3 losses / 0 halves
2014 performance: Lost all three of his matches in the four-man events (paired with a different partner in each) before cruising to a 4&3 singles win over Bjorn on Sunday.

Hunter Mahan


Hunter Mahan
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2008-10, 2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 4 wins / 4 losses / 4 halves (0-1-2 singles; 2-3-1 foursomes; 2-0-1 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 33.3% - 33.3% - 33.3%
2014 record: 1 win / 2 losses / 1 halve
2014 performance: Only taste of success came in his Saturday fourballs win alongside Furyk. Led a red-hot Justin Rose for most of their singles clash, carding seven birdies, before a bogey at the last saw the point shared.

Phil Mickelson


Phil Mickelson
Ryder Cup appearances: 10 (1995-1999, 2002-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 16 wins / 19 losses / 6 halves (5-5-0 singles; 4-6-4 foursomes; 7-8-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 39% - 46% - 15%
2014 record: 2 wins / 1 loss / 0 halves
2014 performance: Went 1-1-0 alongside Bradley on Friday, before being sat out the entire Saturday (a first in his Ryder Cup career) which clearly created some tension with the skipper. Comfortable victory over the rookie Gallacher in the singles.

Patrick Reed


patrick reed
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 0 losses / 1 halve (1-0-0 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls)
2014 record: 3 wins / 0 losses / 1 halve
2014 performance: Dubbed the 'American Poulter' with his brash nature and crowd riling antics, but certainly had the game to back it up. Finished with the most points by a US rookie in this format of the Ryder Cup.

Webb Simpson


Webb Simpson
Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2012-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 2 wins / 3 losses / 1 halve (0-1-1 singles; 0-1-0 foursomes; 2-1-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 33% - 50% - 17%
2014 record: 0 wins / 1 loss / 1 halve
2014 performance: Wildcard pick featured in just two matches, losing opening fourball alongside Bubba Watson before being dropped. Halved a see-sawing singles clash with Poulter.

Jordan Spieth


Jordan Spieth
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 2 wins / 1 loss / 1 halve (0-1-0 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 50% - 25% - 25%
2014 record: 2 wins / 1 loss / 1 halve
2014 performance: Performed admirably in his first Ryder Cup appearance, particularly alongside fellow rookie Reed in the fourball. Selected to lead off the singles, opening up a three-shot lead against McDowell before his inexperience told on the back nine.

Jimmy Walker


Jimmy Walker
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 1 win / 1 loss / 3 halves (1-0-0 singles; 0-1-1 foursomes; 0-0-2 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 20% - 20% - 60%
2014 record: 1 win / 1 loss / 3 halves
2014 highlights: Partnered with Fowler in all four-man matches, halving three and losing one. Played some outstanding golf on Sunday with a round that included eight birdies to see off Westwood 3&2.

Bubba Watson


Bubba Watson
Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2010-2014)
Career Ryder Cup record: 3 wins / 8 losses / 0 halves (0-3-0 singles; 0-2-0 foursomes; 3-3-0 four-balls)
Win-loss-halve ratio: 27% - 73% - 0%
2014 record: 0 wins / 3 losses / 0 halves
2014 performance: Very poor showing from the two-time Masters champion. Failed to take any of his matches to the 17th hole, losing by big margins in each.

Ryder Cup 2016 Dates

In recent times the Ryder Cup has taken place in late September and the 41st occurrence is no different. With highs in temperature expected to be around 20 degrees for that time of year, Hazeltine should provide some perfect conditions for tournament golf between the US and European teams.

Please note the times given are a guide, they are likely to change prior / during the event


Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Tues, 27/09/2016 at 6:30 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Tues, 27/09/2016 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Wed, 28/09/2016 at 6:30 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Wed, 28/09/2016 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Thurs, 29/09/2016 at 6:30 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Thurs, 29/09/2016 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Opening round of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National - tee-times released shortly before
Gates Open:
Fri, 30/09/2016 at 6:30 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Fri, 30/09/2016 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Second day of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National - tee-times released shortly before
Gates Open:
Sat, 01/10/2016 at 6:30 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sat, 01/10/2016 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Third and final day of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National - tee-times released shortly before
Gates Open:
Sun, 02/10/2016 at 6:30 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sun, 02/10/2016 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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About The Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup takes place every two years, so following 2014'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.

Your Golf Travel can offer a host of tournament packages to watch, stay and enjoy the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. 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

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. For 2016'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
The 2016 Ryder Cup Captain's are yet to be announced but currently Your Golf Travel's Darren Clarke is looking like the favourite to lead Europe into battle at Hazeltine. Other European's including Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn are also being considered for the coveted role.