From Spanish to English newspapers, the Ryder Cup has garnered ample coverage in the European press after Team Europe's triumph at the historic first edition held at Rome's Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Guidonia. Leading the charge was Spanish sports daily, 'As', which celebrated world No.
3 Jon Rahm with the front-page headline, "It's Rambo's Ryder". Meanwhile, The Times praised European captain Luke Donald, stressing the need for him to "remain at the helm of the team".
Ryder Cup, results
The Sun highlighted Ryder Cup heroes Rory McIlroy and Tyrrell Hatton, with front-page photos of them drinking from the cup and the headline, "McIlroy, with bleary eyes, sips from the trophy as Hatton is the last man standing.
And the party keeps going." Fellow Spanish publication, 'Marca', hailed Rahm as the "Emperor of Rome".
For The Independent, "European rockstar Rory McIlroy finally gets his redemption in the Ryder Cup," while the Daily Mail hailed the Irishman and Hatton as "continental stars of the show" and newcomer Max Homa as "the standout for the United States".
The British newspaper then added that "Europe resisted a fierce American fightback to secure the four points they needed to reclaim the Ryder Cup, with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood scoring the decisive half-point."
French daily sports newspaper, L'Equipe, took a more impartial tone; limiting its Ryder Cup coverage to a report that highlighted Europe's victory "after yet another unforgettable edition.
Thirsty for revenge, the Europeans brought the 44th Ryder Cup back to the Old Continent, despite resistance from the Americans." Ryder Cup matches include various types of match play between players chosen from the 2 teams each played over 18 holes.
According to the formula now in force, the competition includes eight foursomes challenges, eight fourballs and twelve individual matches. The winner or winning couple of each challenge gets one point for their team, in case of a draw both teams get half a point.
A foursome match is a match between two pairs of golfers: the players of the same team however take turns hitting the ball. Fourball is always a game between two pairs, but each player completes his hole independently, choosing the best result of the pair, and comparing it with that of his opponents.
An individual challenge is finally a match between two golfers in which each finishes his own hole and compares his result with that of his opponent. In all three cases, each hole is won by the team or individual with the fewest strokes, and whoever wins the most holes wins the match.