Ryder Cup 2021: when does it start, who is on the teams and how to watch on UK TV

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“It’s really that close. If you don’t play your way it’s a tough place. It could easily have been JR or Alex Noren.

“I’m delighted for Bernd Wiesberger. He’s a great player and everyone who comes into the squad fully deserves it, but in the end it was a place that could have gone to a JR or Alex Noren.

“I had a conversation with him (Rose) and he was an absolute gentleman. I certainly would have been happy with him there, but it was just a bit too far.”

Competition format: how does it work?

There are 28 games played over the weekend, starting with foursomes and four balls on Friday and Saturday and ending with a full round of singles on Sunday.

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Each match is worth one point. After a draw, half a point is awarded to both teams. That means 14.5 points is enough for an outright win, but if you’re the defending champions, a 14-point tie will keep you in the Ryder Cup. Europe are the current holders.

Each captain will decide who will play the eight matches of the first two days when the foursomes and four-balls are played. The order is determined by the local captain. The difference between the disciplines? Well, a four-way game sees two pairs of golfers compete on the course with teammates alternating strokes of the same ball.

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A four-ball contest does exactly what it says on the tin. Each golfer plays with his own ball, but the best score of the pair contributes to their total.

On the last day of the event, each member of both teams competes in all 12 singles matches. Each captain will also determine in which order their players will exit.

What are the latest news?

Brooks Koepka withdrew from the Tour Championship on Saturday, September 4 after injuring his left wrist while hitting a ball out of the rough, prompting questions as to whether the American will be fit enough to compete in the Ryder Cup.

Koepka injured his wrist on the 10th hole in East Lake when his club struck a tree root on his approach shot. He completed the hole and the next two before retiring with a one-under score for the season-ending tournament, putting him out of action.

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“The same wrist that I had issues with in ’17, ’18, so make sure it’s okay,” Koepka said, according to Golfweek.

Koepka, a former world number one with four majors but who suffered a series of knee injuries, has already qualified for the United States. team.

If Koepka is unable to compete, Stricker will be given a seventh captain’s pick to take his place.

What are the latest odds?

Europe: 15/8

UNITED STATES: 4/7

To design: 11/1

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