BMW Golfsport Ryder Cup 2020


21st – 26th September 2021. Whistling Straits, Kohler.

43rd RYDER CUP.21st – 26th September 2021. Whistling Straits, Kohler.


New date in September 2021.

BMW has been a partner of the Ryder Cup since 2006, but must wait another year to make its debut as Worldwide Partner, as was originally planned for 2020. In July 2020, the PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA Tour announced that the most spectacular golf tournament in the world would be postponed twelve months. The persistent pandemic would simply not allow a Ryder Cup as sports fans around the world have come to know and love it. Worldwide Partner BMW expressly welcomes this responsible decision, as the health and safety of all involved must be given top priority. A Ryder Cup without fans would be robbed of one of its central features and is, as such, not an alternative.


When the intercontinental event does take place from 21st to 26th September 2021 in Kohler (US state of Wisconsin), the hosts, Team USA, will be out to take revenge for the resounding defeat they suffered in Paris in 2018. This will not be easy. Although the Europeans were generally outplayed the last time the Ryder Cup was held on US soil in 2016, they have shown often enough in the recent history of this iconic competition that they are well capable of winning away from home. The spectacular Whistling Straits links on the banks of Lake Michigan looks set to host another memorable Ryder Cup.


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Golf fans are most familiar with Whistling Straits as a venue for the PGA Championship. Although the impressive course was only opened as recently as 1998, the major has already been held here on three occasions: 2004, 2010 and 2015. It will now host the biggest event in golf in 2021. The Ryder Cup will be played on the Straights Course, which was designed by famous golf course architect Pete Dye and is a classic British-style links course. With a length of 7,100 metres, it is spread over a three-kilometre stretch of the banks of Lake Michigan. The course has roughly 1,000 bunkers – nobody knows exactly how many, as the number is constantly changing, due to the effect of the wind and weather on the sandy ground.

BMW Ryder Cup 2020 Steve Stricker


Captain of Team USA.

Steve Stricker is the man charged with winning the Ryder Cup back for the USA. The event at Whistling Straits will be a real home match for the 52-year-old: Stricker was born in Wisconsin and still lives there. A more important factor in his selection as captain was probably the fact that the twelve-time winner on the PGA TOUR enjoys the full support and respect of his colleagues – this is an important factor, as the Americans strive to counter the team spirit that has been the great strength of their European opponents. “Stricks”, who has been involved in three Ryder Cups (one win) as a player, is also seen as a big tinkerer and strategist, who has already proven himself as a captain in the 2017 Presidents Cup.

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BMW Ryder Cup 2020 Padraig Harrington


Captain of Team Europe.

For a long time, it has been a safe bet that Pádraig Harrington would, at some time, captain the European team in a Ryder Cup. That time has come, and the 48-year-old will attempt to defend the coveted trophy in the USA in 2021. The likeable Irishman is extremely popular with his colleagues and a role model for the latest generation of top European players. Before his victories at the Open in 2007 and 2008, and the 2007 PGA Championship, Europe had had to wait almost a decade since its last major winner. “Paddy” showed the likes of McIlroy, Kaymer and Stenson that it was possible. The experience gained at six Ryder Cups as a player (four wins) and three as vice captain (two wins) make Harrington an excellent choice as captain.

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Qualification Team USA Ryder Cup 2020

Team USA.

Following the postponement of the 43rd Ryder Cup to 2021, the US team will amend its qualification process. A decision is expected soon.


Qualification Team Europe Ryder Cup 2020

Team Europe.

As a result of the postponement of the 43rd Ryder Cup, the qualifying format for the European team has been modified. Points can no longer be scored until the end of 2020. However, those scored previously are retained and still count. The ranking lists open again on 1st January 2021.


The nomination process remains the same: The team is composed of the top four players in the European Points List (based on the Race to Dubai points scored), the top five players in the World Points List (based on the world ranking points scored), and three wild cards, to be selected by captain Pádraig Harrington. Harrington will have one Captain’s Pick fewer than his predecessor Thomas Bjørn in 2018. This is at the express request of the Irishman. Harrington believes the players who have earned qualification themselves will go into the event with greater confidence.

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