Ryder Cup 2018: Teams, schedule, how to watch & live stream

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One of golf’s most historic competitions, the biennial Ryder Cup, pits the best American golfers against the best from Europe.

The 2018 Ryder Cup will take place from Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National course near Paris. The venue rotates every two years between U.S. and European courses. The United States came out victorious (17-11) at home in 2016, but Team USA is looking to snap a five-match losing streak in Europe that dates back to 1993.

Ryder Cup schedule, how to watch live

The Ryder Cup will be broadcast live very early in the morning in the U.S., with action starting at 2 a.m. ET on Friday and Saturday, and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. Fortunately, there will be replays available online at RyderCup.com and via the Ryder Cup apps.

Ryer Cup TV, live-streaming schedule

Day Online/apps Live TV, times (ET)
Thursday 11 a.m. – noon: Opening ceremonies 
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Captain’s conferences
NBC, Golf: 11 a.m.-noon
Friday 2-7 a.m.: Morning featured match 
7:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Afternoon featured match 
2 p.m.-midnight: Replay
NBC, Golf: 2 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday 2-7 a.m.: Morning featured match 
7:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Afternoon featured match 
2 p.m.-midnight: Replay
NBC, Golf: 2-3 a.m.
NBC: 3 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday 5:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Singles matches
12:45-1 p.m.: Trophy presentation
3-9:30 p.m.: Replay
NBC: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ryder Cup tee times, pairings

Here are the tee times and pairings for the four-ball matches on Day 1. Notably, Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed tee off at 2:55 a.m. ET against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood in the final four-ball match of the morning. Friday afternoon pairings will be available after the morning session.

Day 1: Friday, Sept. 28 (all times Eastern)

2:10 a.m.: Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau (U.S.) vs. Justin Rose/Jon Rahm (Europe)
2:25 a.m.: Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (U.S.) vs. Rory McIlroy/Thorbjorn Olesen (Europe)
2:40 a.m.: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (U.S.) vs. Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton (Europe)
2:55 a.m.: Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe)

Friday afternoon pairings will be available after the morning session.

Ryder Cup teams

Each Ryder Cup team consists of 12 golfers with one team captain, who does not participate in the event.

The U.S. team was chosen based off of the top eight American players in the Ryder Cup points rankings, followed by four captain’s picks. Team Europe starts with the top four on the European Points List and the top 4 from the World Points List plus four captain’s picks.

Here’s a look at the United States and European Ryder Cup teams with captains’ picks noted with an asterisk. 

Jim Furyk (captain)
Rickie Fowler
Dustin Johnson
Brooks Koepka
Patrick Reed
Webb Simpson
Jordan Spieth
Justin Thomas
Bubba Watson
Tiger Woods*
Phil Mickelson* 
Bryson DeChambeau* 
Tony Finau* 
Thomas Bjorn (captain)
Tommy Fleetwood
Tyrrell Hatton
Rory McIlroy
Francesco Molinari
Alex Noren
Thorbjorn Olesen
Jon Rahm
Justin Rose
Ian Poulter*
Henrik Stenson*
Paul Casey*
Sergio Garcia*

2018 Ryder Cup odds

Team USA opened as the favorite to win the 2018 Ryder Cup at -160, but the odds have shrunk to -140 as of Sept. 27, according to Vegas Insider. Team Europe is a +140 underdog despite playing on “home turf.” 

Ryder Cup format

The Ryder Cup features five match play sessions spanning three days.

The first two days of the tournament (Friday and Saturday) each include one four-match session of four-ball and one four-match session of foursomes. The final day (Sunday) has 12 singles matches, in which a member of the U.S. team faces a member of the European team.

Each match is worth one point, and matches that end in a draw count for a half-point. The way to win is to be the first team to reach 14.5 points; if the tournament ends in a 14-14 draw, the defending champion (the U.S. this year) will retain the trophy.