Ryder Cup: By the Numbers

With the Ryder Cup teeing off on Friday, we put together a neat list of the all important numbers…

7628 – The number of yards that Hazeltine National Golf Club measures out too. That is a heap of yards. In fact, three of the par fives are over 600 yards. As a result, it favours the long hitters such as Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.

1979 –
The first year the Ryder Cup featured continental European golfers. The legendary Jack Nicklaus was involved in floating the idea, with the reason being that Team USA almost always won. The inclusion of the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer changed the complexion of the competition forever.

514½ –
The total number of points the United States has won in all Ryder Cups. Europe has notched up 413½ in the 40 events.

87.50 – Patrick Reed’s winning percentage, the highest of the field. However, the statistic is slightly skewered as the Texan debuted two years ago, winning three matches and halving one. Much will rest on his shoulders at Hazeltine.

80 – The number only half the field at the 1970 US Open field at Hazeltine could break in the first round. Aside from its prodigious length, the Robert Trent Jones design has narrow fairways and small greens. It’s not gonna be easy folks.

41 – The number of matches the most experienced players in this year’s Ryder Cup have played. Veteran’s Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson share this, while Spaniard Sergio Garcia in next with 32 matches.

40 – The number of Ryder Cups that have taken place so far. The first event took place in 1927 in Massachusetts and USA won by a landslide, 9½ – 2½, with captain Walter Hagen becoming the first man to lift the Ryder Cup.

22 – Matthew Fitzpatrick’s age. The Englishman is the baby in the Ryder Cup field this year, but don’t let that fool you. Fitzpatrick has five top tens and a win this year. Jordan Spieth is next youngest at 23.

6 – The number of rookies in Team Europe this year. Five of them earned their place via qualification, while captain Darren Clarke used his final wild card on Thomas Pieters following his win at Made in Denmark.

0 –
The number of Ryder Cup matches Rickie Fowler has won. The Californian has lost three and halved five for a winning percentage of 31.25, the lowest of all the golfers. Despite this – and five missed cuts this year – he earned a Captain’s pick from Davis Love III.