What the Ryder Cup is

The Ryder Cup is the most important and prestigious golf event in the world. Played in the United States for the first time in 1927, it is named after English businessman Samuel Ryder, who donated the Trophy.

The tournament has no prize money: the goal is just the glory, the Trophy and the honour of victory are the only prizes at stake.

The Ryder Cup pits the United States of America and Europe against each other and is the only sporting event in which the Old Continent competes as a team. It is played every two years alternately in a European or American city.

On 14 December 2015, Italy won the right to host the Ryder Cup 2023. The competition will take place in Rome from 29th September to 1st October and the official venue will be the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: it will be the third time that golf’s most prestigious competition will be played outside Great Britain (after the edition hosted by Spain in 1997 and France in 2018). The event that was supposed to take place in 2022 was postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ryder Cup week will take place from 26th September to 1st October over a total of six days, including three practice days and three competition days, during which the top 12 European golfers and the top 12 Americans will compete for the prestigious trophy.

The widespread distribution of golf around the world and the presence of the world’s top golfers on the course will make the Ryder Cup a unique event. The third most important sporting event in the world in terms of media, after the World Cup and the Olympics, it will represent a spot for Italy and Rome, a planetary showcase that will strengthen the appeal of our Nation in the world.

The last edition of the Ryder Cup played in France in 2018, with more than 270,000 spectators at Le Golf National, reached more than 600 million households with more than 160 countries connected live on television. The Ryder Cup thus confirms itself as the ideal event to promote a sport that can boast 65 million players worldwide, making it the most popular individual discipline.

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