The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches will be held in France from 28–30 September 2018 at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris. It will be the second Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe, after the 1997 contest, which was held in Spain. The United States are the defending champions, but have lost the last five matches in Europe, having last won there in 1993.
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, the United States, to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.
Ryder Cup Europe confirmed originally six countries – France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden – to be interested in bidding for the 2018 Ryder Cup. The deadline for the submission of bids was set for 30 April 2010; Sweden withdrew from the bidding early that month, while the Spanish bidding host city of Tres Cantos showed poor popular support.
There were five bids to host the event:
The European team qualification rules were announced on 18 January 2017. There were a number of changes compared to 2016 with an increase in the number of captain's picks from three to four. The team will consist of:
Membership criteria for the European Tour have been reduced from five tournaments to four (outside the majors and WGCs) for the 2018 season. As in previous Ryder Cups, all players must be members of the European Tour to be eligible to play for Europe. Changes were also made to the eligibility of future captains and vice-captains.
Current points lists: http://www.rydercup.com/rankings
The United States qualification rules were announced on 8 February 2017. The majority of the team will be selected from the Ryder Cup points list which is based on prize money won in important tournaments. Generally one point is awarded for every $1,000 earned. The team will consist of:
The qualification rules were similar to those used for the 2016 Ryder Cup. The points given for the current season major championships have been reduced from double to 50% extra (except for the winner who still gets double points). The dates on which the captain's picks are made has been brought forward by one or two weeks.
Current points list: http://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.131.html
Thomas Bjørn was named as the European captain on 6 December 2016. He was chosen by a five-man panel made up of the three most recent European Ryder Cup captains (Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and José María Olazábal), the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley and European Tour Tournament Committee member Henrik Stenson.
Each captain selects a number of vice-captains to assist him during the tournament.