The 2023 Ryder Cup is fast approaching as Team Europe welcomes Team USA to Rome in search of revenge.
The Americans were victorious at Whistling Straits in 2021, winning 19-9 to secure the largest margin of victory in a Ryder Cup since 1967.
Steve Stricker’s young team has been superb at home, but the United States has not won in Europe since 1993.
The build-up to this year’s tournament has been shrouded in controversy on LIV Golf, but fortunately the action will soon take center stage.
Europe, led by superstars Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, will travel to Italy, eager to reclaim the famous trophy and fight back after their horror show in Wisconsin.
Ryder Cup 2023: start date and time
The 44th edition of the Ryder Cup will take place from Friday September 29 to Sunday October 1.
It takes place at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy.
Start times will be confirmed in due course, but the action is expected to begin at 9am UK time for both opening days and 11am on Sunday.
Ryder Cup 2023: how to follow
talkSPORT will receive regular updates from Italy throughout the week from our expert journalists Rupert Bell, Russell Hargreaves and Sean O’Brien.
The breakfast show with Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist will be broadcast live from the course, Thursday and Friday – ahead of the ball-by-ball coverage on talkSPORT 2!
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You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, via your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
The action will also be shown live on Sky Sports Golf throughout the week.
Sky Sports will begin its extended coverage on Monday before its tournament coverage begins on Friday morning.
Ryder Cup 2023: The format
A total of 28 points are up for grabs at the Ryder Cup and each team must reach 14½ to claim victory.
The competition takes place over three days with three different disciplines: foursomes, fourballs and singles.
On Friday and Saturday, there will be four four-ball matches (alternate shots) and four four-ball matches (best ball) before Sunday’s 12 singles matches.
Any match tied after 18 holes will see both teams earn half a point.
If the tournament ends with a score of 14-14, the team that won the previous edition will retain the trophy.
Each player will play singles but the pairs for the other matches will be decided by the captains before each session.
Ryder Cup 2023: The teams
The Ryder Cup teams are now fully confirmed.
Henrik Stenson was set to captain Europe but was stood down in July 2022 following his decision to join LIV Golf.
Luke Donald was announced as his replacement last August and picked the team alongside vice-captains Francesco Molinari, Edoardo Molinari, Jose Maria Olazabal, Thomas Bjorn and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Besides McIlroy and Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick will form the backbone of the European team while Ludvig Aberg has earned a place alongside Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry.
LIV players such as Ryder Cup legends Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter were not considered for selection.
For the United States, Zach Johnson was named team captain in February 2022 and will be joined by vice-captains Stewart Cink, Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and Fred Couples.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler will lead the team alongside 2023 qualifier and major champions Wyndham Clark and Brian Harman.
Sam Burns and Rickie Fowler were among those earning captain’s picks.
PGA Championship winner and LIV star Brooks Koepka and surprise pick Justin Thomas were also selected.
The complete 2023 Ryder Cup teams
- Rory McIlroy (Q)
- Jon Rahm (Q)
- Viktor Hovland (Q)
- Tyrrell Hatton (Q)
- Matt Fitzpatrick (Q)
- Robert MacIntyre (Q)
- Shane Lowry (WC)
- Tommy Fleetwood (WC)
- Justin Rose (WC)
- Sepp Straka (WC)
- Nicolai Hojgaard (CM)
- Ludvig Aberg (WC)
- Scottie Scheffler (Q)
- Wyndham Clark (Q)
- Brian Harman (Q)
- Patrick Cantlay (Q)
- Max Homa (A)
- Xander Schauffele (Q)
- Justin Thomas (WC)
- Brooks Koepka (WC)
- Jordan Spieth (CM)
- Collin Morikawa (WC)
- Sam Burns (WC)
- Rickie Fowler (WC)
Ryder Cup 2023: The course
The championship course at Marco Simone Golf Club will be a par 72 and a maximum length of 7,268.
The undulating course has been redesigned in 2021 with a focus on providing exciting match play holes.
The first hole has a huge grandstand built around the tee box and will be a 445 yard par 4.
The action will heat up from holes 4 to 9 with this course featuring two par 3s, two shorter par 4s and two accessible par 5s.
The matches could well be decided on the playable par 4 16th while the final two holes consist of a demanding par 3 and a 626 yard par 5.
Fans will enjoy stunning views of the Eternal City, St. Peter’s Basilica and Marco Simone Castle, as well as perfect weather at the end of the Italian summer.
Ryder Cup 2023: What was said?
Donald’s selection of young Ludvig Aberg will have surprised more than one.
The European skipper said: “We obviously knew what he was doing on the college scene.
“You look at what he did in these four years and the only comparable ones were Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm. He is that good.
“I played with him in Detroit and was blown away by his game. He continued to impress and I challenged him to come to Europe and do a few events.
“He finished fifth at the Czech Masters and you know what he did at the European Masters.
“It was like a walk in the park for him and for someone so inexperienced it was so impressive.”
Justin Thomas admitted he was “very, very lucky” to receive a wild card from Team USA.
He said: “I spent a lot of sleepless nights thinking about what could happen and wanting to be part of the team, wondering if I was or not, and then I realized that it doesn’t It was out of my hands and there was nothing I could do about it.
“After I got the call from Zach, I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited. It’s cool to be a part of this team.
“You can want something too bad. I’m sure we’ve all tried too hard to win golf tournaments and tried to force things, and there were potential times this season where I did that.
“I’m very, very lucky to be here and Zach has been very vocal and made it clear that we’re all equal on this team. I feel like I’m just as important as everyone and my teammates have expressed. in the same way.”
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