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The 2016 Ryder Cup matches will be held at

the end of the month at Hazeltine Golf Club

near Minneapolis, Minnesota. They only occur

every two years and have become one of the

most anticipated sporting events in the world.

Even non-golfers stop in the middle of football

season to follow the action between teams from

the United States and Europe. It wasn’t always

this way for the Ryder Cup, it nearly became

extinct due to apathy and poor performances

by teams from Great Britain & Ireland after


In 19 Ryder Cup matches held between 1947-

1983, the team from Great Britain & Ireland

only managed a single win and one tie. Since

the 1985 Ryder Cup held at The Belfry in

England, the matches have taken an entirely

different tone, however.

In the 1970’s the Ryder Cup was becoming

irrelevant due to the inequity of the talent of

the two competing teams. The U.S. Team, with

big-name stars like Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper

and Jack Nicklaus steam rolled the weaker

Great Britain & Ireland team every two years.

In 1977, Nicklaus had lunch with The Earl of

Darbywhowas the President of the Professional

Golfers Association and suggested that golfers

from all of continental Europe become eligible

for team membership.

This allowed SeveBallesteros, aswell as, several

other leading European golfers the chance to

compete and strengthen the European team.

The change took some time to produce results,

but since 1985 the Europeans have won nine

Ryder Cups, plus a return to the Belfry in 1989

ended in a tie.

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