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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

How to watch the Ryder Cup in UAE: All you need to know about Europe v United States 

A look at the history of the clash, plus who is in the respective teams and how to watch the action in France between September 28-30 in the UAE

The 2018 Ryder Cup begins on September 28 at the Le Golf National course in France and runs until September 30. AFP
The 2018 Ryder Cup begins on September 28 at the Le Golf National course in France and runs until September 30. AFP

The 42nd Ryder Cup, which pits Europe against the United States, takes place at Le Golf National on the outskirts of Paris from September 28-30.

Here is a rundown of what to look out for as Europe bid to regain the Ryder Cup, while the United States seek their first win in the competition on European soil since 1993.

Recent history

Europe’s domination of the three-day, biennial battle came to a grinding halt two years ago. Having won eight of the previous 10 events, the holders were defeated comfortably at Hazeltine National, losing 17-11.

However, the US have traditionally struggled on the other side of the Atlantic: they have not won away from home for a quarter of a century.

The last time they two teams met in Europe, at Gleneagles in 2014, the hosts ran out 16.5-11.5 winners.

The Captains

EUROPE: Thomas Bjorn - Participated in three Ryder Cups as a player, winning all three, then served as vice-captain to Darren Clarke two years ago. As a player, won 15 times on the European Tour, including the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic.

Assistant captains Robert Karlsson, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell.

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. AP Photo
Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. AP Photo

UNITED STATES: Jim Furyk - Participated in nine Ryder Cups as a player, winning twice, and was assistant captain to Davis Love III at Hazeltine last time out. As a player, won 17 times on the PGA Tour, including the 2003 US Open.

Assistant captains Davis Love III, Steve Stricker, David Duval, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar.

United States captain Jim Furyk. AP Photo
United States captain Jim Furyk. AP Photo

The teams

‘C’ denotes captain’s pick

EUROPE Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Paul Casey (C), Henrik Stenson (C), Sergio Garcia (C), Ian Poulter (C).

UNITED STATES Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau (C), Phil Mickelson (C), Tiger Woods (C), Tony Finau (C).

The format

Five match-play sessions across three days. Friday and Saturday each consist of one four-match session of four-balls (better ball) and one four-match session of foursomes (alternate shot).

Sunday features 12 singles matches. Each match is worth one point, with matches ending in a draw worth 0.5 point to each side.

The first team to reach 14.5 points wins.

If the contest ends 14-14, the team currently holding the Ryder Cup - in this case the US - retains it.

The Venue

L’Albatros course at Le Golf National sits in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 20 miles south west of Paris. It hosts the HNA Open de France on the European Tour.

How to watch in the UAE

Tournament coverage begins on Friday, September 28 at 10am on OSN Sports 3 HD. The opening ceremony, which includes the much-anticipated captains’ speeches, begins at 7pm on Thursday, September 27.