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So Special for Players

At the beginning of the Ryder Cup, there was Samuel Ryder, an English grain merchant passionate about golf.  It was he who first had the idea of a competition between American and British golfers.  He organized a exhibition match in 1926 with opposing English and American teams.  The Ryder Cup was born.

It wasn’t until the 1970s that the English team became a European team, uniting players from every European country.  Since then, every two years, two teams of twelve players battle for three days to bring back one of the most prestigious trophies in the history of golf.

A tournament without prize money

If the Ryder cup is so prestigious, it is because it is not like other golf tournaments.  It is a competition for which victory is a question of honor and not of money.  They are battling to defend the flags of either Europe or the United States.  Here, it is above all about friendship and sharing in the experience.

It is these values of solidarity and the spirit that the best players in the world love and seek out in the Ryder Cup.  It is also for these reasons that the competition is the third most followed sporting event in the world, after the Olympics and the World Cup.

José María Olazábal

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