Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods has already said no

According to rumors, Woods, 15-time Major champion, rejected the proposal due to too many off-court commitments which would have occupied him excessively.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods has already said no
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Tiger Woods will not be the captain of the US team at the 2025 Ryder Cup in Bethpage (New York). The PGA of America has announced the leadership of the US team.

Tiger Woods, rumors

According to rumors, Woods, 15-time Major champion, rejected the proposal due to too many off-court commitments which would have occupied him excessively.

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. The matches take place over three days: from Friday to Sunday (except in 2010 when, due to bad weather, the tournament ended on Monday), for a total of 28 matches.

On Fridays four fourballs are played in the morning and four foursomes in the afternoon (or vice versa). On Saturday we play again according to the same scheme. On Sunday, 12 individual challenges take place: all twelve players from the two teams take to the field for the first time.

In fact, not all players compete on Friday or Saturday, it is up to the captain to choose the 4 pairs to field for each session. At the end of the three days, the team with the highest number of points is the winner. According to the rules, the reigning champion team retains the cup in the event of a draw (14 points), the challenging team must therefore score at least 14 and a half to achieve victory.

Over the years the formula has undergone various changes. From the first edition until 1959, the Ryder Cup was played in just two days: on the first day four foursomes were held over a distance of 36 holes, while on the second eight individual challenges were held over a distance of 36 holes.

In 1961 the distance of the challenges was reduced to 18 holes, but the number was doubled. In 1963 we switched to the formula that includes three days of competition, adding eight fourballs. This formula remained unchanged until 1977, when the number of challenges was reduced to 20; five foursomes on the first day, five fourballs on the second and ten individual matches on the third day.

In 1979, the first year in which players from continental Europe also participated, the formula was changed again, adopting that of the 28 challenges in use today.

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