Has the Ryder Cup always been Europe vs USA and when did it start?

TEAM USA were dominant at the last Ryder Cup in 2021 at Whistling Straits.

But Europe have had some pretty enjoyable wins against their stateside rivals over the years too.

Has the Ryder Cup always been contested by Europe and the US?

No. The line-up in place of the original 'Great Britain' team has been referred to as 'Europe' since 1979, when players from continental Europe were included.


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Before that in 1973, partly to tilt the balance away from US dominance in the bi-annual event, the team was extended to Great Britain and Ireland.

What is the rundown of results under the different team banners?

Since 1979 the US has won eight matches and Europe 10 matches, while retaining the Ryder Cup once with a tie.


Great Britain and Ireland lost all three matches from 1973-77, following a period of huge US domination when they won 15 times against Great Britain between 1927-1971.

Happily for European golf fans the tide has turned more often than not in recent years.

When did the Ryder Cup start?

The first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts. The home team won and went on to triumph in the next five home contests.

Overall the US have won 27 times, Great Britain/Great Britain and Ireland/Europe 14 times with two ties.

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