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The 2014 Ryder Cup will pit Paul McGinley against Tom Watson at Gleneagles in Scotland, from 26-28 September. Europe are defending champions after a stunning Sunday at Medinah. For information visit the official Ryder Cup site.

Ryder Cup Results

Yr Venue US EU

12

Medinah

13 ½

14 ½

10

Celtic Manor

13 ½

14 ½

08

Valhalla

16 ½

11 ½

06

The K Club

9 ½

18 ½

04

Oakland Hills

9 ½

18 ½

02

The Belfry

12 ½

15 ½

99

Brookline

14 ½

13 ½

97

Valderrama

13 ½

14 ½

95

Oak Hill

13 ½

14 ½

93

The Belfry

15

13

91

Kiawah Island

14 ½

13 ½

89

The Belfry

14

14

News

Watney sets early pace

American Nick Watney made nine birdies in a bogey-free round as he took an early lead at the Barracuda Championship.

Leishman leads at Firestone

Aussie Marc Leishman shot a superb six-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Johnson out of Ryder Cup

Dustin Johnson will not feature in the Ryder Cup after revealing he is to take a break from golf.

The fire burns for Bradley

Keegan Bradley can stake his claim for a Ryder Cup spot with a second win in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, writes Ben Coley.

Get me to the Chappell

Kevin Chappell and Brendan Steele head David John's staking plan for this week's Baracuda Championship in Reno.

The Ryder Cup: Team Europe

Ben Coley looks at the current European Ryder Cup standings and assesses the merits of potential wildcard options.

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Ryder Cup History

The Ryder Cup was first played in 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts, with an American team including Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen winning 9 1/2 - 2 1/2 against eight Brits. Named after the sponsor, Samuel Ryder, the competition would be played biennially between the UK and the US, featuring singles and doubles match play golf. The present format includes eight foursomes, eight fourballs and twelve singles matches, with one point earned for victory in each.

Great Britain won the Cup at Moortown in Leeds in 1929, and after four editions both sides had two wins, but from 1935 onwards the Americans dominated; only losing once until 1985. The Great Britain team had expanded to include Ireland in 1973, and with the emergence of several golfers from mainland Europe, combined with American dominance, the GB & Ireland team became a European team in 1979. Spanish sensation Seve Ballesteros helped to revive interest in the competition, and together with three compatriots, a German and seven Brits they finally broke the American strangehold at the Belfry in 1985.

The inclusion of the whole continent has given Europe the upper hand in recent years, but the competition has proven fierce and occasionally spilled over into bad blood. Jack Nicklaus's display of sportsmanship in 1969, when he gave Tony Jacklin a missable putt on the 18th to ensure the match would be tied was not received well by all members of his team. Accusations of gamesmanship and cheating became commonplace and during the 1991 'War on the Shore' at Kiawah Island and 1999 'Battle of Brookline' the atmosphere was largely hostile.

Recent years have seen both teams actively strive to avoid the more unsavoury aspects of competition, and today's Ryder Cup is fierce but fair. Introducing a team aspect to an individual sport created a unique event where success can define careers, as in the case of Seve and Colin Montgomerie. European success over the last two decades bore the theory that they found it easier to gel as a team, but Paul Azinger's 2008-winning Americans matched them for passion, and nearly 100 years after its conception the competition has finally flowered.

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