The countdown for the Ryder Cup 2023 is running out. There are 500 days left for the challenge between Europe and the USA which, for the first time in its history, from 29 September to 1 October next year will be played in Italy and on the Marco Simone Golf & Country course Club of Rome.
A great sporting event, but also a driving force for tourism as underlined by the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, and by the president of the Lazio Region, Nicola Zingaretti.
Ryder Cup, Rome
"There are 500 days to go until Ryder Cup 2023.
Rome is looking forward to hosting the most prestigious international golf trophy. An event so exceptional that it will also be a great driving force for tourism. world sport ", the statements of Gualtieri. "Ryder Cup 2023: -500 days to a great sport and tourism event.
A great bet we believe in. From the first moment alongside the organizers to win the candidacy and now all together to make Lazio a world golf destination" , the tweet of Nicola Zingaretti. Rome is ready to enjoy the golf show.
Where the Europe team, led by Swede Henrik Stenson, will play under a single flag. A message of hope and unity, beyond sport. The Ryder Cup, officially known as The Ryder Cup Matches, is a golf tournament that takes place every two years, starting in 1927 (except for some editions [Note 1]), between a selection of US players and a selection of players Europeans.
The competition usually takes place in the fall, in September or October. The competition, named after the trophy given by the Englishman Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) to the American federation in 1924, is co-managed by the European Tour and the PGA of America.
From 1927 to 1971 the tournament took place between the selection of the United States and that of Great Britain, with a clear American dominance (15-3) and only one draw. In 1973 Great Britain was incorporated into Ireland and in 1979 the rest of continental Europe.
Following the acceptance of the European team as antagonist of the US one, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven wins for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.
The Ryder Cup is hosted alternately on two continents: for Europe British golf courses have always been chosen, except for the 1997 edition, held at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros , that of 2018, which was played in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), and that of 2023, which will be played at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Italy).
After the 1999 edition, due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the Ryder Cup was always staged in even years until the 2018 edition. The 2020 edition has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the Ryder Cup is again held in odd years.
Among the European ranks it is worth mentioning the presence, on three different occasions (1993, 1995 and 1997), of one of the most famous Italian players in the history of golf, Costantino Rocca, remembered for his famous hole in one during the edition of 1995.
The Italians Francesco Molinari and Edoardo Molinari were the first brothers to compete for the European team in the same Ryder Cup, thanks to their simultaneous participation in the 2010 edition. Francesco Molinari also took part in the 2012 editions, in the United States , and 2018, in France. The reigning champion selection is the US team, which won the title in the 2021 edition.