|Dates||September 24–26, 2021|
The 43rd Ryder Cup Matches will be held in the United States on September 24 to 26, 2021, on the Straits course at Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin. Team Europe is the reigning cup holder after its 17½–10½ victory over Team USA in 2018 at Le Golf National.
Due to several tournaments, including a number of majors, shifting their schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic (including one major being cancelled and one being moved to November), the Ryder Cup was originally scheduled to take place only five days after the final round of the rescheduled U.S. Open, from September 25 to 27, 2020.
On July 8, 2020, the PGA of America announced the postponement of the event to September 24 to 26, 2021 because of the pandemic. The next Ryder Cup will now be held in 2023 and further odd years, while the Presidents Cup was also rescheduled into 2022 and further even years, resetting the yearly rotation of both events to how they were scheduled before the September 11 attacks in 2001.
- Day 1 (Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches
- Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches
- Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches
On the first two days there are 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches with the home captain choosing which are played in the morning and which in the afternoon.
With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending champion to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.
Team qualification and selection
The United States qualification rules were announced on February 20, 2019. Amended criteria were announced on August 5, 2020 (changes highlighted in italics below). The qualification rules are similar to those used for the 2018 Ryder Cup. The majority of the team are selected from the Ryder Cup points list which is based on prize money won in important tournaments, with one point awarded for every $1,000 earned unless otherwise stated below. The team consists of:
- The leading six players on the Ryder Cup points list, gained in the following events (reduced from the leading eight players)
- 2019 major championships
- 2019 World Golf Championship events and The Players Championship (half points)
- 2020 major championships (double points for the winner, 1.5 times points for those who make the cut)
- 2020 PGA Tour events. Qualifying events in this category are those played between January 1 and the conclusion of the Mayakoba Golf Classic on December 6, 2020 (previously August 23, 2020, the date of the BMW Championship). "Alternate" events (those played opposite a major or WGC event) do not earn points
- 2021 PGA Tour events. Qualifying events in this category are those played between January 10 and the conclusion of the BMW Championship. "Alternate" events (those played opposite a major or WGC event) do not earn points
- 2021 major championships (double points for the winner, 1.5 times points for those who make the cut)
- Six captain's picks (increased from four)
- To be announced after the 2021 Tour Championship
The European team qualification rules were announced on May 8, 2019. There was one significant change from the previous Ryder Cup, with the number of captain's picks reduced from four to three. Following the postponement, points were frozen from after the Qatar Masters until January 1, 2021, with the new end date and amendments to the points multipliers expected to be announced before then. The team will consist of:
- The leading four players on the Race to Dubai Points List
- The leading five players, not qualified above, on the World Points List
- Total World Points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events starting in September 2019 with the BMW PGA Championship and ending with the BMW PGA Championship in September 2020. Points earned in the later events of 2020 will be multiplied by 1.5. No World points will be earned from tournaments staged opposite Rolex Series tournaments in both 2019 and 2020.
- Three captain's picks
- To be announced in the week after the final qualifying event.
Steve Stricker was named as the US captain on February 20, 2019; Stricker is a native of Edgerton, Wisconsin, near Madison. Stricker selected Jim Furyk as his first vice-captain. On May 11, 2020, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III were revealed as the next two vice-captains.
Pádraig Harrington was named as the European captain on January 8, 2019. In September 2019, Harrington selected Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain. In May 2020, he accidentally revealed his second vice-captain pick Luke Donald in an interview.
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