The US will defend the 2018 Ryder Cup after ending a run of three straight European victories. Here’s everything you need to know…

What is the Ryder Cup?

The Ryder Cup is a biennial men’s competition between the United States and Europe. It takes place every two years and the venue alternates between courses in America and Europe.

There are 12 players on each team and the selection process is largely based on individual performances at major tournaments over a 12-month period. Nine players automatically qualify for Europe and the captain will select three wild cards, while eight qualify for the USA and the captain has four of his own picks.

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Matchplay is the game of choice at the Ryder Cup. The Friday and Saturday action involves four foursomes and four fourball matches taking place each day.

On Sunday the pressure is cranked to the maximum. All players must play in one-on-one singles matches.

The winner of each match scores a point, with half a point each for any match that is tied after the 18 holes. The overall winner of the Ryder Cup is determined by cumulative total points.

Where is the 2018 Ryder Cup?

For the first time in the competition’s history the Ryder Cup will be held in France, where it will be played over the Albatross Course at  Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris.

Designed by the architects Hubert Chesneau and Robert Von Hagge in collaboration with Pierre Thevenin, Le Golf National has hosted the Open de France since 1991.

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When is the 2018 Ryder Cup?

The edge-of-the-seat action will take place from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30.

Are the tickets on sale?

Not yet. However, you can register your interest on the official Ryder Cup website and you will be notified with all the key information.

Alternatively, all the action will be shown on Sky Sports, with extended highlights on the BBC.

Who will be the skippers for the 2018 Ryder Cup?

Thomas Bjorn will lead the European team, while Jim Furyk will take charge of the defending champions.

Where will be headed after Paris?

The 2020 Ryder Cup will be held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, before the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy, will host the 2022 edition. And then it’s back to the US in 2024, to the Bethpage Black Course in New York.