Friday, September 28, 2012

Ryder Cup Foursomes - Day 1

Today the Ryder Cup 2012 kicks off at Medinah Country Club in Chicago, Illinois. There are two sessions on day one, in the morning the Foursomes and in the afternoon the Fourballs.

So, kicking off the Foursomes this morning, the format is that each team (USA and Europe) has 2 players and the team just plays with one ball with the players taking turns in playing the shots. On player will be chosen to take the tee shot then the other plays the second shot and so on until the ball is holed (or a gimme is given). The team that wins a particular hole will get the point for that hole. If both teams hole out in the same number of shots then the hole is halved. So the game goes on over 18 holes unless someone wins it before the end - this can happen if for example one team is more points up than there are holes left to play. E.g. if Europe are 3 up with 2 to play then they cannot lose so the match ends at that point and Europe get the point for that match.

Foursomes in the morning session are:

Jose Maria Olazabal, Captain of the Europe Team
Match 1
Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy against Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker

Match 2
Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia against Phil Mickleson and Keegan Bradley

Match 3
Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson

Match 4
Ian Poulter and Justin Rose against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker

The matches have often veered from one team winning to the other and at different points in time you may see a swathe of blue on the scoreboard which an hour or so later is then replaced by a swathe of red! So for most matches it is difficult to know who is going to win until pretty much the last few holes which is what makes the Ryder Cup so exciting.