1 September 2004
35th Ryder Cup tees off
The 35th Ryder Cup tees off on the 17th to 19th of this month. This bi-annual event has evolved from a friendly set of golf matches into one of the world's premier sporting events and is regarded by many as one of the last events built on prestige rather than prize money. It will undoubtedly showcase the best talent that North America and Europe has to offer with Hal Sutton and Bernhard Langer captaining each team respectively. Over the last 20 years and 10 competitions Europe has won five times, the United States has won four times and they have tied once.
An English seed merchant by the name of Samuel Ryder founded the Ryder Cup in 1927. He also served 2 terms as mayor of St. Albans!
The Davis Cup World Group Play-offs are also featured this month with France, Australia, Spain, Russia and Argentina currently leading the rankings table. The table measures the success of all nations participating in the competition over a four-year period with recent successes more heavily weighted. Only winning teams can receive points to advance and there are bonus points for any nation that defeats a higher-ranked nation. It will be interesting to see whether the USA can climb back to make the world top 5 rankings with a win against Belarus this month.
Did you know…
The Davis Cup awards additional bonus points for any nation that wins on an opponent's home ground.
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