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.


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, the United States, to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.

Bidding for the 2018 Ryder Cup

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.[1] The deadline for the submission of bids was set for 30 April 2010; Sweden withdrew from the bidding early that month,[2] while the Spanish bidding host city of Tres Cantos showed poor popular support.[3][4]

There were five bids to host the event:

France were announced as hosts on 17 May 2011, despite calls for the Cup to be held in Spain, as a tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros.[5]


Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Meter 380 195 515 445 370 350 440 190 445 3,430 350 175 405 390 555 365 160 443 430 3,273 6,703
Yards 416 213 563 487 405 383 481 208 596 3,752 383 191 443 427 607 399 175 484 470 3,579 7,331
Par 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 35 71

Team qualification and selection

Europe Europe

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:[6][7]

  • The leading four players on the Race to Dubai Points List
  • The leading four players, not qualified above, on the World Points List
    • Total World Points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events starting on 31 August 2017 (the start date of the D+D Real Czech Masters). Points earned from the date of the 2018 BMW PGA Championship onwards, will be multiplied by 1.5. No World points will be earned from tournaments staged opposite Rolex Series tournaments in both 2017 and 2018.
  • Four captain's picks

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

Paul Casey became a member of the European Tour at the start of 2018. Since he was not a member during 2017 he did not earn points until the start of 2018.[8]

United States United States

The United States qualification rules were announced on 8 February 2017.[9] 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.[10]

Jim Furyk was named as the USA captain on 11 January 2017.[11]


Each captain selects a number of vice-captains to assist him during the tournament.

Bjørn selected Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain in May 2017.[12]

Furyk named Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker vice-captains in February 2018.[13]


External links

Ryder Cup 2018 website

Coordinates: 48°45′14″N 2°04′37″E / 48.754°N 2.077°E / 48.754; 2.077