"For me, returning to play the Ryder Cup is an incredible boost, it lights a fire inside me. The young people on the team still haven't experienced what this tournament means and it's my job as the more experienced player to give them a hand.
This is that I bring to the team." Thus Justin Rose, golf champion and member of Team Europe for the Ryder Cup '23, scheduled at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
Justin Rose, statements
The veteran (43 years old), Olympic gold medalist in Rio 2016, won the 2018 edition of the competition.
"The best advice I received on how to approach the Ryder? I have had many people who have influenced my career, not one in particular. No two Ryder Cups are the same. But everything starts in the locker room, that's where performances are built." For Rose, this is the sixth participation in the Ryder: "In the years in which I didn't participate, I took the opportunity to understand what I wasn't doing well and to improve." The competition, named after the trophy donated by 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. Ireland was incorporated into Great Britain in 1973 and the rest of continental Europe in 1979.
Following the acceptance of the European team as an antagonist of the US team, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven successes for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.
The Ryder Cup is hosted alternately on the two continents: British golf courses have always been chosen for Europe, with the exception of the 1997 edition, which was played at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros , the 2018 one, which was played in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), and the 2023 one, 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 was moved to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the Ryder Cup is once again played in odd-numbered 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.
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