The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 39 competitions over 85 years.
In 2012, Medinah Country Club, the site of many of the most memorable moments spanning 60 years of major championship golf, served as host, marking the Illinois debut of golf’s most compelling event. The European Ryder Cup Team completed a miracle comeback on U.S. soil to retain the Ryder Cup. Down by four points to start the day, Team Europe captured eight singles matches, finishing with 14 1/2 points while Team USA garnered 13 1/2 points after three days of competition.
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Scotland hosts the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the first Ryder Cup to be held in Scotland since Muirfield in 1973.
The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold chalice that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9 1/2 to 2 1/2, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. Since then, the Ryder Cup has expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. Except for a span (1939-45) during World War II and following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks upon America, the Ryder Cup has been held biennially with the U.S. and Europe alternating as host.
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