Ryder Cup 2016 Preview: Four Wasserman Clients Compete For The Coveted Ryder Cup Trophy
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Considered one of the world’s great sporting events, The Ryder Cup sees 24 of the best players from the United States and Europe compete in match play competition every two years. Team Wass clients Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Zach Johnson are representing the U.S., while Andy Sullivan is representing Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup. Play is from September 30-October 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
Rickie Fowler: Marking his 3rd Ryder Cup appearance (2010, 2014), Fowler had eight top-10 finishes in 23 starts this season. He was selected as a Captain’s Pick by Davis Love III on September 12.
J.B. Holmes: Representing the US in 2008 with a 2-0-1 record, Holmes swung through 2016 with a T4 at the Masters and a third-place showing at the Open Championship, not to mention earning a T4 at the BMW Championship and an invitation to the season-ending TOUR Championship. Holmes was also named a Captain’s Pick on September 12.
Zach Johnson: Ryder Cup 2016 is Johnson’s 5th appearance with a 6-6-2 record in those prior starts. With 12 PGA TOUR victories, including the 2007 Masters and last year’s Open Championship, Johnson’s abilities are a tremendous asset in the match play format.
Andy Sullivan: This is Sullivan’s first Ryder Cup. Playing for the European team, Sullivan had an eventful 2016, winning all three matches and playing a great role in leading Europe to victory in the EurAsia Cup.
Europe is the reigning cup holder, winning from Scotland in 2014 for their third consecutive win. Since 1979, the US team has won 7 matches and Europe has won 10 matches, while retaining the Ryder Cup once with a tie.
The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format will be as follows:
Day 1 (Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches
Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches
Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches
On the first two days there are 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches with the home captain choosing which are played in the morning and which in the afternoon.
With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points are required to win the Cup and 14 points are required for the defending champion to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.
You can find the full schedule HERE.