How Often Is The Ryder Cup?

How Often Is The Ryder Cup?

How Often Is The Ryder Cup Held
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The Ryder Cup is golf's biggest event, but how often is it held? Find out here.

How Often Is The Ryder Cup?

The Ryder Cup was first played in 1927 between USA and Great Britain, eventually changing to America v Europe in 1979 due to America's dominance in the event.

With the first edition being competed at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts, the event is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe.

How Often Is The Ryder Cup Held

Paul Azinger celebrates after holing his bunker shot at the 2002 Ryder Cup (Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Up until 1999, the Ryder Cup was held in odd-numbered years. However, after the 9/11 terror attacks, the event was cancelled and moved to even years in 2002.

Originally arranged to be played at Whistling Straits (opens in new tab) in 2020, the Ryder Cup (opens in new tab) will return back to odd years again in 2021, after the event was postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

How Often Is The Ryder Cup Held

Marco Simone Golf Club will host the Ryder Cup in 2023. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Much like the Ryder Cup, the Solheim and Presidents Cup are also held every two years, but usually alternate years. However, due to the pandemic, the Solheim and Ryder Cups will be played just a week apart in 2023. (opens in new tab)

With the first event being played in 1927, the Ryder Cup will celebrate its 100th anniversary at Adare Manor in 2027.

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