The Ryder Cup was first played at the Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1927. A match-play competition between teams from the USA and Europe, the event is staged every two years, alternating between courses on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
The 39th Ryder Cup is scheduled for September 25-30, 2012, at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.
This is a brief profile of the 12 members of Team Europe in 2012, including three major champions and one who is making his Ryder Cup debut. The Europeans will be defending the Cup, which they won in 2010 at The Celtic Manor Resort in City of Newport, Wales.
Jose Maria Olazabal, Team Captain.
Lee Westwood, 8th appearance, (16 wins-11 losses-6 halves): Age 39, born in Worksop, England. He has 37 career wins worldwide. Two wins in 2012.
Sergio Garcia, 6th appearance, (14-6-4): Age 32, born in Castellon, Spain. He has 22 wins worldwide. One win in 2012.
Luke Donald, 4th appearance, (8-2-1): Age 34, born in High Wycombe, England. Eleven wins worldwide. Two wins in 2012.
Ian Poulter, 4th appearance, (8-3-0): Age 36, born in Hitchin, England. Fourteen wins worldwide.
Graeme McDowell, 3rd appearance, (4-2-2): Age 33, born in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Seven wins worldwide, including the 2010 U.S. Open Championship.
Rory McIlroy, 2nd appearance, (1-1-2): Age 23, born in Holywood, Northern Ireland. Current #1 world ranking. Nine wins worldwide, including two major championships. Four wins in 2012.
Justin Rose, 2nd appearance, (3-1-0): Age 32, born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ten wins worldwide. One win in 2012.
Paul Lawrie, 2nd appearance, (3-1-1): Age 43, born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Eight wins worldwide. Two wins in 2012.
Francesco Molinari, 2nd appearance, (0-2-1): Age 30, born in Turin, Italy. Two wins worldwide. One win in 2012.
Peter Hanson, 2nd appearance, (1-2-0): Age 34, born in Svedala, Sweden. Six wins worldwide. One win in 2012.
Martin Kaymer, 2nd appearance, (2-1-1): Age 27, born in Dusseldorf, Germany. Twelve wins worldwide, including the 2010 PGA Championship.
Nicolas Colsaerts, 1st appearance, (0-0-0): Age 29, born in Brussels, Belgium. Four wins worldwide. One win in 2012.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.
- Sports & Recreation
- Medinah Country Club
- Worcester Country Club