Clash of continents
Images from the Ryder Cup between the U.S. and European teams.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A look at definitions, formats and scoring for the Ryder Cup:
FORMAT: Four matches of foursomes and fourballs on Friday and Saturday, followed by 12 singles matches on Sunday.
SCORING: One point is awarded for each of the 28 matches. If it ends in a tie, each team gets a half-point. As the defending champion, Europe needs only 14 points to retain the Ryder Cup.
FOURSOMES: Also known as alternate shot. The two-man teams will select one player to tee off on odd-numbered holes, while the other tees off on even-number holes. They play only one ball, alternating shots until the hole is completed.
FOURBALLS: Also known as better ball. Both players from each team play their own ball until the hole is completed, using the lowest score from each team.
2008 Ryder Cup
At Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
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