2016 RYDER CUP OFFICIAL PACKAGES – HAZELTINE NATIONAL, MINNESOTA
September 30th – October 2nd, 2016
Flights With Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow via Boston
WEDNESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
Early morning check in at London Heathrow for your flight to Minneapolis via Boston. Late afternoon arrival into Minneapolis where you are met and transfer to your hotel for 5 nights accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis. Time for you to familiarise yourself with your local surroundings and enjoy the hotel facilities.
THURSDAY 29th SEPTEMBER
Practice day today at Hazeltine. Your Ryder Cup Season Ticket includes access to Hazeltine today with return transfers. Alternatively enjoy the hotel facilities or perhaps spend time at the Mall of America located across from the hotel. This evening included in your package is a Welcome to Hazeltine Event (waiting for some further details on this).
FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER
RYDER CUP! DAY 1 FOURSOMES/FOURBALL
SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER
RYDER CUP! DAY 2 FOURSOMES/FOURBALL
SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER
RYDER CUP! DAY 3 SINGLES MATCHES
MONDAY 3rd OCTOBER
Check out of your hotel this morning and transfer to the airport for your early afternoon overnight flight back to London Heathrow via Boston.
TUESDAY 4th OCTOBER
On arrival in London, your tour arrangements terminate.
5 night Virgin Atlantic Package Includes:
Best Western PLUS Bloomington Hotel or similar
from £2895 – per person sharing a twin/double room (Single supplement – £719)
4* Best Western Plus Bloomington at Mall of America
This elegant hotel boasts an indoor water park, an on-site restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. It is located across the street from The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. A flat-screen cable TV is included in the stylish guest rooms at Best Western Plus Bloomington at Mall of America. A microwave, refrigerator, and coffee-making facilities are provided. Guests can work out in the on-site fitness centre, featuring full-length mirrors and a variety of cardio equipment with personal TVs. RedRossa Italian Grille, part of this Bloomington Best Western Plus, is open for lunch and dinner. A hot buffet breakfast is available in the hotel every morning. Free shuttle service is available to the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, 8 km from the Mall of America Best Western Plus. Minneapolis city centre is less than 20 minutes’ drive away.
The Ryder Cup, played every two years between 12 players from the U.S. against 12 players from Europe, consists of five match-play sessions played over three days. In match play, the score of the match is determined based on the number of holes won by each side, as opposed to stroke play, where the number of strokes are added up at the end to determine a winner. Hypothetically, the player who takes more strokes in match play could conceivably still when his or her match.
Let’s break it down how the Ryder Cup works.
Points: The three days of the matches consist of a total of 28 matches, each with 1 point available. There are no extra holes in a Ryder Cup. Should the two sides be tied after 18 holes, each side earns a halve (1/2 point).
Winning point total: In order to achieve an outright win, a team must collect 14 1/2 points. In the case of a 14-14 tie, the winning team from the previous Ryder Cup retains the trophy.
How the matches work: The first two days of the Ryder Cup consists of two sessions — one session each of fourballs (or, “better ball”) and foursomes (or, “alternate shot”). There are four matches in each session the first two days. The final day of the matches is reserved for singles play.
What does “Fourballs” mean?: Fourballs is when two players from the U.S. tee off against two players from Europe in the same group. Each player plays his own ball for the entire hole. The lowest score — or better ball — from the two partners counts as the team score for the hole.
What does “Foursomes” mean?: In this format, two players from the U.S. tee off against two players from Europe in the same group, but play just one ball each, alternating shots. If player A tees off on the odd-numbered holes, player B tees off on the even-numbered holes. The team with the lower score takes the hole.
What does “Singles” mean?: In “singles” — the final session of the Ryder Cup — their are 12, separate, one-on-one matches contested with one player from the U.S. squaring off against one player from Europe. Singles is the only session in the Ryder Cup where every player from each side plays.
What does it mean to “concede?”: Unlike stroke play, players do not have to “putt-out” in match play. If a player “concedes” a putt to his opponent, the opponent is allowed to pick his ball up, taking the score he would have made on the next stroke, and move on to the next hole. A concession can be made on a hole, a putt, or a putt that closes out the match.
How is a line-up determined for each session?: The captain from the U.S. and the captain from Europe determine which of their players will play together in a particular session, as well as the order in which they will play. The captains submit an envelope with their respective line ups and do not know ahead of time who they’ll be up against.
When is the line-up determined?: The captains will announce the line-up for the first session of the Ryder Cup during the Opening Ceremony. The second session line-up is determined as the first session is winding down. The line-up for the first session on Day 2 is revealed when play ends on
Day 1. The second session line-up for Day 2 is revealed as the first session of Day 2 is winding down. And, finally, the line-up for the final day singles matches are revealed after play ends on Day 2.
Here are the tee times — with teams and format still to be determined — for the 2016 Ryder Cup, Sept. 20 to Oct. 2, at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn. U.S. Captain Davis Love III will be tasked with determining which order the matches will be played.
Friday and Saturday (Foursomes/Fourball):
There were two unofficial matches between professionals from Great Britain and the United States before the birth of The Ryder Cup in 1927, both won by the British.
The first was played at Gleneagles in 1921 but the second of these, held at Wentworth in 1926, was undoubtedly the most significant for among those in the gallery was a man called Samuel Ryder.
Ryder was an English seed merchant and entrepreneur from St Albans in Hertfordshire who made his money selling penny seed packets. He had taken up golf relatively late in life to improve his health and employed Abe Mitchell, one of the golfing greats of his era, as his personal tutor.
Ryder was enthralled by the match at Wentworth, and particularly delighted to see Mitchell team up with George Duncan to defeat the defending Open Champion Jim Barnes and the great Walter Hagen. ‘We must do this again’, said Ryder in the bar afterwards and The Ryder Cup was born.
Ryder donated a small but striking gold cup that today epitomises all that is good in sporting competition. It cost £250 and the small golfing figure atop the cup, as requested by the donor, stands as a lasting memorial to Abe Mitchell.
The first 22 Ryder Cup matches pitched Great Britain and Ireland against the United States, with the US winning 18, GB and Ireland three and one match, the famous 1969 contest, tied.
In 1979, Europe entered the fray, with Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido becoming the first continental golfers to play in The Ryder Cup. In the subsequent 16 matches, Europe have won eight, the United States seven, with one match tied.
The Ryder Cup has become one of the world’s greatest sporting contests as every two years 24 of the best players from Europe and the United States go head-to-head in match play competition. Drama, tension, incredible golf, camaraderie and sportsmanship are served in equal measure, captivating an audience of millions around the world. It’s an event that transcends sport, yet remains true to the spirit of its founder, Samuel Ryder.
Year Venue USA Eur/GB/GBI Winners
2014 Gleneagles 11 ½ 16 ½ Europe
2012 Medinah Country Club 13 ½ 14 ½ Europe
2010 The Celtic Manor Resort 13 ½ 14 ½ Europe
City of Newport, Wales
2008 Valhalla Golf Club 16 ½ 11 ½ USA
2006 The K Club 9 ½ 18 ½ Europe
Co. Kildare, Ireland
2004 Oakland Hills CC 9 ½ 18 ½ Europe
Bloomfield Township, MI, USA
2002 The Belfry 12 ½ 15 ½ Europe
Sutton Coldfield, England
1999 The Country Club 14 ½ 13 ½ USA
Brookline, MI, USA
1997 Valderrama GC 13 ½ 14 ½ Europe
1995 Oak Hill CC 13 ½ 14 ½ Europe
Rochester, NY, USA
1993 The Belfry 15 13 USA
Sutton Coldfield, England
1991 The Ocean Course 14 ½ 13 ½ USA
Kiawah Island, SC, USA
1989 The Belfry 14 14 Tied
Sutton Coldfield, England
1987 Muirfield Village GC 13 15 Europe
Dublin, OH, USA
1985 The Belfry 11 ½ 16 ½ Europe
Sutton Coldfield, England
1983 PGA National GC 14 ½ 13 ½ USA
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA
1981 Walton Heath GC 18 ½ 9 ½ USA
1979 The Greenbrier 17 11 USA
White Sulfer Springs, WV, USA
1977 Royal Lytham & St Annes 12 ½ 7½ USA
St Annes, England
1975 Laurel Valley GC 21 11 USA
Ligonier, PA, USA
1973 Muirfield 19 13 USA
1971 Old Warson CC 18 ½ 13 ½ USA
St Louis, MO, USA
1969 Royal Birkdale GC 16 16 Tied
1967 Champions GC 23 ½ 8 ½ USA
Houston, Texas, USA
1965 Royal Birkdale GC 19 ½ 12 ½ USA
1963 East Lake CC 23 9 USA
Atlanta, GA, USA
1961 Royal Lytham & St Anne’s 14 ½ 9 ½ USA
St Annes, England
1959 Eldorado CC 8 ½ 3 ½ USA
Palm Desert, CA, USA
1957 Lindrick GC 4 ½ 7 ½ GB&I
1955 Thunderbird CC 8 4 USA
Palm Springs, CA, USA
1953 Wentworth GC 6 ½ 5 ½ USA
1951 Pinehurst GC 9 ½ 2 ½ USA
Pinehurst, NC, USA
1949 Ganton GC 7 5
1947 Portland GC 11 1
Portland, OR, USA
1937 Southport & Ainsdale GC 8 4 USA
1935 Ridgewood CC 9 3 USA
Ridgewood, NJ, USA
1933 Southport & Ainsdale GC 5 ½ 6 ½ GB&I
1931 Scioto CC 9 3 USA
Columbus, OH, USA
1929 Moortown GC 5 7 GB&I
1927 Worcester CC 9 ½ 2 ½ USA
Worcester, MA, USA