Born in 1927, the Ryder Cup pits the United States and Europe against each other but only since 1979, because until 1971 the tournament took place between the American team and Great Britain, with a clear dominance of the United States.
In 1973 Great Britain was united with Ireland, while six years later the rest of continental Europe. And from that moment on, history has progressively changed. In fact, in the last twenty editions the balance sheet is 12 European successes against eight Americans.
In fact, in 1989 the challenge ended in a draw but the Old Continent managed to take the trophy home as title holder, just as happened to the USA in 1969 (when the challenge still saw them opposed to the United Kingdom).
Ryder Cup, history
Currently the overall tally is 27 victories for the United States against 15 for the Continentals.
That in Wisconsin, from Friday to Sunday, they will try to repeat the feat of 2018 in Paris. And to confirm themselves as champions they will have to get 14 points out of the 28 available. A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty.
This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the "secret weapon" of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
"He's a good guy, he's been through a lot as a sportsman and he's the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I'm not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period.
" These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed 'the Baltimore Shark', important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. "The mental aspect is something I've worked on a lot with him lately.
I'm really lucky to have him around. Besides, he's a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value." This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.