10 Records That Can Be Broken Or Tied At The 2020 Ryder Cup

10 Records That Can Be Broken Or Tied At The 2020 Ryder Cup

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Check out which records could be broken at this year's Ryder Cup.

10 Records That Can Be Broken Or Tied At The 2020 Ryder Cup

Like any sport, records are made to be broken, whether it's a 100-metre time in athletics or scoring a goal to break a club record, there is always something to be beaten.

It's the same when it comes to golf, especially in the Ryder Cup (opens in new tab), arguably the sport's biggest event.

From all-time points' scorer to appearances and matches played, there are several records to aim for and, at the 2021 Ryder Cup, a few of those could fall for Team Europe.

Appearances 

1 - The first record that will definitely be matched involves Lee Westwood (opens in new tab). Making his Ryder Cup debut in 1997 at Valderrama, the 48-year-old will tee it up in a record-equalling 11th Ryder Cup.

What's more, the man who he will share the record with, Sir Nick Faldo, Westwood actually played alongside in his first four Ryder Cup matches, winning two of a four possible points.

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Faldo and Westwood face off against Mark O' Meara and Tiger Woods during the 1997 Ryder Cup. (Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

2 - Another record that will be made comes from Viktor Hovland (opens in new tab) and Bernd Wiesberger (opens in new tab), who will become the first players from Norway and Austria to feature at a Ryder Cup.

Matches Played

3 - Currently sat on 44 matches played in the Ryder Cup, Westwood will automatically play in the singles. Therefore, he only needs to play in two of either the foursomes or fourballs to break the target of 46 set by Faldo.

Related: The Difference Between Fourball and Foursomes (opens in new tab)

There is a slim chance Sergio Garcia (opens in new tab) can tie Faldo's record. However, he will have to feature in all five sessions at Whistling Straits (opens in new tab).

Foursomes and Fourballs Played

4 - Westwood and Faldo feature once again, with the duo, and Bernhard Langer, playing in 18 foursomes matches, with Sergio Garcia close behind on 17.

Either Westwood or Garcia could hold this record on their own by the end of the week, depending on Captain Padraig Harrington's choices.

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Garcia has a stunning foursomes and fourball record. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

5 - In the fourballs, Faldo once again holds the record with 17 matches played for Team Europe, but with Westwood on 16 matches and Garcia at 15, either could tie Faldo, with Westwood possibly surpassing him.

Points

6 - Last year, Garcia claimed the accolade of Europe’s all-time leading points' scorer in the contest when he defeated Rickie Fowler in the singles to overtake Faldo with 25.5 points.

Related: Ryder Cup Team Europe – Whistling Straits 2021 (opens in new tab)

At Wisconsin, he will have the chance to extend his record. However, there is a slim chance that Westwood, who sits on 23 points, could overtake the Spaniard.

Most Foursomes And Fourball Points Won

7 - In the foursomes, Garcia sits at the top with Langer at 11.5 points, just half a point ahead of Westwood and Faldo.

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Langer has a 21-15-6 record at the Ryder Cup. (Credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

8 - And, once again, it's Westwood and Garcia who could break the record in the fourballs. Currently, Garcia sits on 9.5 points with Westwood just half a point behind. The duo will be looking to overtake Ian Woosnam and José María Olazábal who share the record with 10.5.

Related: 12 Of The Best Ryder Cup Pairings In History (opens in new tab)

9 - It isn't just Team Europe who could break records at the Ryder Cup, with Justin Thomas (opens in new tab) and Jordan Spieth (opens in new tab) looking to become the most successful US pairing in the events history.

After claiming three out of four points at Le Golf National, the duo, if paired together, could over take the pairings of Patrick Reed and Spieth and Arnold Palmer and Gardner Dickinson who both sit on five points.

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Thomas and Spieth with Captain, Steve Stricker. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Related: Ryder Cup Team USA - Whistling Straits 2021 (opens in new tab)

Rookie

10 - The last possible record that could go is the most successful rookie title. In 2016, Thomas Pieters made history with four points from five matches to become Europe’s most successful rookie.

Only two years later, Tommy Fleetwood (opens in new tab) would join Pieters, winning four points alongside Francesco Molinari before losing in the singles to Tony Finau. (opens in new tab)

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Europe will have three rookies, whilst USA will have six. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

This year Shane Lowry, Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger will be looking to add their names to the Ryder Cup history books.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x