2021 RYDER CUP
Where is the 2021 Ryder Cup being held?
The days are counting down to the much anticipated battle between the United States of America and Europe as some of the best golfers in the world clash.
Like many sporting events, the 2020 Ryder Cup had to be postponed last year due to the covid-19 pandemic. But just as we have watched those other sports return, often with health restrictions in place, so too does one of the greatest rivalries as the United States and Europe go head-to-head for the golfing crown.
When and where is the 2021 Ryder Cup?
The historic team competition is being played across three days, 24-26 September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The Europeans are defending champions after a seven-point rout at Le Golf National near Paris in 2018. And after an extra year’s wait, the US team are raring to get their revenge.
As the days count down to the massively popular event, the news relating to the teams and players continues to roll in. US star and world number seven Bryson DeChambeau, for example, has said he has "wrecked" his hands by training for long-drive contests, as the American ramps up his preparation for next week's Ryder Cup, which will be his second appearance in the competition.
After the Ryder Cup, he will travel to Nevada for the Professional Long Drive World Championships from 27 September, becoming the first full-time PGA Tour professional to compete in the event.
DeChambeau, who packed on 20 pounds of muscle last year and is the longest hitter on the PGA Tour, said the long drive training had taken a toll.
"My hands are wrecked from it," the 2020 US Open champion told Golf.com on Tuesday. "People don't realise how difficult long drive really is. In golf, it's the one thing where you can judge your accomplishments by a number.
"It's like a shot-putter shot-putting a new record number. You're trying to find that full potential to break through."
DeChambeau earned an automatic spot on the US team and said while it was "daunting" to balance his Ryder Cup preparation with his long-drive training he had learned how to balance it.
"I do it every week," he said. "At first, when I was trying to do it last year, it was very scary.
"But now that I've been through it and experienced the worst pains from it, and the most relaxed state of it where I'm not doing any speed training, I know how to kind of balance it - for the most part.
"Why not go hard at life and do both?"
Europe announce final vice-captain
It’s Sweden's Henrik Stenson who takes the fifth and final vice-captain post for Team Europe, captain Padraig Harrington confirmed on Wednesday. The 2016 Open champion has played in the Ryder Cup five times and won on three occasions. He will feature as part of the backroom team for the first time. Stenson, 45, will join compatriot Robert Karlsson, England's Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in the role, with the quintet having played in 19 Ryder Cups and scored 40 points between them.
"He knows what it takes to win a Ryder Cup and that experience and knowledge will be crucial for us," Harrington told the competition's website.
Stenson, who has won 11 points for Europe from 19 matches, said it was a "great honour" to get the call from Harrington.
"I've been part of five Ryder Cup teams in the past and to be given the opportunity as a vice captain to help Europe's quest to retain the Ryder Cup is exciting," Stenson said. "We have a very strong team. It's a mix of huge experience along with three guys who will take on their first Ryder Cup – and that's a great combination."