The 2023 Ryder Cup is just a few weeks away as Team Europe welcome Team USA to Rome looking for revenge.
The Americans romped to victory 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 side were superb on home soil but USA have not won in Europe since 1993.
Build-up to this year’s tournament has been shrouded in LIV Golf controversy but thankfully, the action will soon take centre-stage.
Europe, led by superstars Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, will head to Italy eager to reclaim the famous trophy and hit back from their horror show in Wisconsin.
Ryder Cup 2023: Date and start time
The 44th edition of the Ryder Cup will be held from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1.
It is being held at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy.
Start times will be confirmed in due course but the action can be expected to begin at 9am UK time for the opening two days and 11am on Sunday.
Ryder Cup 2023: How to follow
talkSPORT will have regular updates from Italy throughout the week from our expert reporters Rupert Bell, Russell Hargreaves and Sean O’Brien.
The action will be shown live on Sky Sports Golf throughout the week too.
Sky Sports will begin their extended coverage on the Monday before their 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 is held over three days with three different disciplines – the foursomes, the fourballs and the singles.
Friday and Saturday will see four foursome (alternate shot) matches and four fourball (better ball) matches before the 12 singles matches on Sunday.
Any match that is tied after 18 holes will see both teams earn half a point.
Should the tournament finish 14-14, the team who won the previous edition will retain the trophy.
Every player will play in the 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 will be fully confirmed in mid-September.
Henrik Stenson was set to captain Europe but was removed in July 2022 following his decision to join LIV Golf.
Luke Donald was announced as his replacement last August and will now pick the team alongside vice-captains Thomas Bjorn, Edoardo Molinari and Nicolas Colsaerts.
As well as McIlroy and Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick will make up the backbone of the European team while the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Yannick Paul and Adrian Meronk will hope to be involved.
LIV players such as Ryder Cup legends Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter will not be selected.
For the USA, Zach Johnson was named their team captain in February 2022 and will be joined by vice-captains Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and Fred Couples.
Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay are set to make the team outright.
US Open champion Wyndham Clark and Open winner Brian Harman have thrust themselves into the reckoning while Johnson has a host of other options including Max Homa, Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.
The Americans will include LIV players meaning Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Bryson Dechambeau could all be involved.
Both Donald and Johnson have decided to go with six direct qualifiers and six captain’s picks.
Ryder Cup 2023: The course
The Championship Course at the Marco Simone Golf Club will be a par 72 and a maximum yardage of 7,268.
The undulating course was redesigned in 2021 with a focus on providing exciting match play holes.
The first hole has had a huge grandstand built around the tee box and will be a 445 yard par 4.
Action will ramp up from holes 4 to 9 with that run including two par 3s, two shorter par 4s and two gettable par 5s.
The closing three holes are classic in style – a short par 4 followed by a demanding par 3 and then a long par 5 to finish.
Fans will enjoy superb views of the Eternal City, St Peter’s Basilica and the Castle of Marco Simone as well as perfect late Italian summer weather.
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