The United States is 3.5 points away from winning the Ryder Cup.
After jumping out to a 6-2 Day 1 lead, Team United States increased its advantage to 11-5 over Team Europe on Day 2 of the 43rd Ryder Cup. The U.S. hasn't held this large of a lead heading into singles play on the final day of the tournament since 1973.
The U.S. went 3-1 in the Saturday morning fourball matches before splitting the afternoon foursomes 2-2 with the Europeans.
The tandem of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas was the early story of the day. After falling behind three strokes to Viktor Hovland and Bern Wiesberger through the first six holes, the American duo won three of their own and four of the final five to win 2 up.
In the afternoon foursomes, it was once again Hovland on the wrong end of a strong American finish. Down one through 12 holes, Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau closed out the match winning four consecutive holes to take the 3&1 victory over Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood.
Here is the TV info, rosters and more for the 2021 Ryder Cup:
When does the Ryder Cup start this year?
The Ryder Cup begins Friday, Sept. 24, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 26 at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. Whistling Straits hosted the PGA Championship in 2004, 2007 and 2015, but 2021 is the first year the course will host the Ryder Cup.
What channel is the Ryder Cup on TV?
Sunday’s final round coverage of the Ryder Cup is on NBC starting at 11 a.m. ET.
Ryder Cup streaming information
Can fans attend the 2021 Ryder Cup?
Spectators will be welcomed to Whistling Straits for the Ryder Cup. Tickets sold through the PGA of America are sold out, but tickets are available through PrimeSport.
Gates open at 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.
How does the Ryder Cup work?
There are three different formats used in the Ryder Cup: four-ball, foursome and singles. Each format will be scored using the match play system, which scores each hole as opposed to the total number of strokes across 18 holes.
Friday and Saturday competition is played with four-ball and foursome matches with the home captain selecting the order. In four-ball, each side has a two-man team in a given match and each competitor plays their own ball. Whichever golfer has the lowest score on a hole secures a point for their team. In foursome, players on a two-man team take alternating shots. Whichever duo combines for the lowest score on a hole secures a point for their team.
The final round of competition is played in a singles format. Twelve singles matches will take place with each golfer facing a member of the opposing team head to head.
In all, there are 28 matches and the first team to reach 14.5 points takes home the trophy.
Who is playing in the Ryder Cup 2021?
There are 12 golfers on each side for the 2021 Ryder Cup. For Team USA, there were six automatic qualifiers and six captain’s picks. For Team Europe, there were nine automatic qualifiers and three captain’s picks.
Here are the captains, automatic qualifiers and Captain’s picks for each squad:
The U.S. boasts strong talent that has earned some of the sport’s top prizes this year. Cantlay secured his first career FedEx Cup after winning the final two PGA Tour events, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. Morikawa also won the British Open and Schauffele won a gold medal while representing Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Going back slightly further, three U.S. golfers -- Morikawa, DeChambeau and Johnson -- swept the majors in 2020.
The European roster isn’t too shabby, either. Rahm finished second in the FedEx Cup standings and is surrounded by eight more returning Ryder Cup competitors from his continent.
What are the Ryder Cup pairings and tee times?
Below are Sunday's pairings and tee times:
12:04 p.m. ET -- Xander Schauffele (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy (Europe)
12:15 p.m. ET -- Patrick Cantlay (USA) vs. Shane Lowry (Europe)
12:26 p.m. ET -- Scottie Scheffler (USA) vs. Jon Rahm (Europe)
12:37 p.m. ET -- Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia (Europe)
12:48 p.m. ET -- Collin Morikawa (USA) vs. Viktor Hovland (Europe)
12:59 p.m. ET -- Dustin Johnson (USA) vs. Paul Casey (Europe)
1:10 p.m. ET -- Brooks Koepka (USA) vs. Bern Wiesberger (Europe)
1:21 p.m. ET -- Tony Finau (USA) vs. Ian Poulter (Europe)
1:32 p.m. ET -- Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Tyrell Hatton (Europe)
1:43 p.m. ET -- Harris English (USA) vs. Lee Westwood (Europe)
1:54 p.m. ET -- Jordan Spieth (USA) vs. Tommy Fleetwood (Europe)
2:05 p.m. ET -- Daniel Berger (USA) vs. Matt Fitzpatrick (Europe)
Who is the favorite to win the 2021 Ryder Cup?
According to our partner, PointsBet, Team USA is a massive favorite to win at -8000. Team Europe has +4000 odds to pull off the comeback victory, while a draw, which has happened twice in tournament history, has +3300 odds. Should the event end in a draw, Europe would hold onto the cup since it is the returning champion.
The U.S. owns a 26-14-2 all-time record in the Ryder Cup. Europe has dominated recent history, though, winning four of the last five tournaments. The two teams have alternated wins at tournaments held on American soil since 1987, with each side winning five competitions.
Will there be a Ryder Cup in 2022?
With the 2020 edition being postponed to 2021, the following Ryder Cup will be held in 2023 and continue to be slated for odd-numbered years. The competition will return to Europe at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, Italy.
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