Planning to put in the hours in front of the televsion watching the action from Le Golf National? Try our Ryder Cup drinking game to make the hours pass, erm more riotously.

How to play:

Find a friend, then spot the following first and your opponent / friend has to drink the number of fingers indicated in brackets.

Ryder Cup drinking game rules

General observations 

Early, very early, interview with player in the dark (1)

Mention of ‘momentum’ (1)

Footage of Jamie Donaldson’s winning shot at Gleneagles (1)

Phil Mickelson misses a fairway (1)

Reference to where the commentators ate last night / general fantastic levels of hospitality  (3)

Anyone says about getting some “blue on the board” (2)

Irritating clip of the ‘Guardians of the Ryder Cup’ and how they add to the ‘unique atmosphere’. They don’t (1)

Clip of Tiger interacting with any player, and over analysis of the ‘significance of his role’ (1)

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 30: Tiger Woods of the USA is seen in a press conference after Europe defeated the USA 14.5 to 13.5 at The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Astonishment at low scoring in Fourballs ‘Rose & Stenson are 7 under through 8’ as if it doesn’t happen every Ryder Cup (1)

Everytime Thorbjorn Olesen is referred to as Thomas Bjorn’s ‘Danish mate’ (1)

Montage of Medinah (1)

Montage of Gleneagles (1)

Mention of the amount of water at Le Golf National (1)

Over-egging of how Europe should dominate the foursomes (despite Europeans never playing foursomes either) (2)

Discussion of the ‘importance role of the vice captain’, which no one really understands (1)

Reference to a ‘classic matchplay situation’ for any pair of putts inside 15 feet (1)

Shot of names slipping in to the scoreboard for the afternoon (2)

Lingering shot of certain wives  (1)

Sighting of David Ginola (2) or Michael Jordan (3)

Sighting of Niall Horan (1)

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Niall Horan of One Direction tees off during the Pro-Am prior to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 25, 2016 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Explanation of Niall’s golf game  e.g “Not a bad player, Niall, plays off…’ (3)

Wayne Riley whispering in hushed, expectant tones “He’s got the chief out”  (2)

Cheesy alliteration if Europe win (2)

Bruce Critchley, aka ‘The Colonel’ 

Use of the word ‘harbinger’ as in “let’s hope that really is the harbinger of good things to come for the European side” (5)

“He’s left himself ‘one of those’” referring to a three-footer, probably belonging to McIlroy  (1)

“There’s a bit of meat left on that particular bone” (3)

12 Feb 1999: Commentators Ewen Murray and Bruce Critchley during the Dubai Desert Classic at the Dubai Creek GC in the United Arab Emirates. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Redington /Allsport

“His driving really is a case of duck or no dinner”  reference Mickelson or Johnson D (5)

The mention of the “cocktail hour fast approaching” sometime around 4pm (3)

Every time a sentence begins “One suspects” (1), “You sense” (1), “Well that’s right” (1), “And of course the great thing” (2)

Ewen Murray 

“That was then, this is now” (after recap of earlier action) (2)

“You’d think (insert European player) will take care of (insert American player) from there” (1)

“That could all change very quickly” (1)

“It’s tracking…it’s tracking” (1)

Butch Harmon

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23: Swing coach Butch Harmon watches a student during a practice round for the TOUR Championship By Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

“Fabulous” (1) and “Player A is a fabulous young man” (2)

Over-enthusiastic cheer when a European putt drops (2)

Pronouncing the word hybrid  “hi-bread” (3)


Stars & Stripes Gimp Suit (2), McIlroy wig (2), Tiger Mask (2)

Cardboard cut-out of Bubba Watson (2)

Fan drinking beer through a straw attached to his/her hat (2)

Paul McGinley

Mention of his captaincy at Gleneagles (1)

Mentions how influential Rory McIlroy was for him (1)