Have you ever considered if Ryder Cup players get paid to fight tooth and nail for the famous gold trophy?
It is a great honour for players from Europe and the United States to play at the Ryder Cup.
Each time the qualification process starts, every player has one aim: to compete for their respective teams and fight for the famous gold trophy.
The PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and LIV Golf take a backseat while the best 12 players from each team play collectively and not individually for one special week.
Prize money is a buzzword in the professional game now with payouts ever-increasing on the PGA Tour, even more so since the inception of LIV in June 2022.
But is there the same fixation during Ryder Cup week? Are players paid for playing in the Ryder Cup? And if so, how much will each player from Team Europe and Team USA pocket at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club?
Are Ryder Cup players paid?
The answer is a simple no. None of the 24 players who compete at the Ryder Cup get paid. Even the winning team aren’t compensated for their efforts.
The winning Ryder Cup team in 2023, whether it be the blue of Luke Donald’s Europe or the stripes of Team USA, will keep the trophy and an enormous sense of pride.
However, the PGA of America reportedly allocates $200,000 which the US players receive to give to charity. In 2021 at Whistling Straits, each player was given $100,000 for a charity of their choice.
American team player Daniel Berger gave $50,000 to Mia’s Miracle Foundation and $50,000 to St.Jude Children’s Hospital.
On the European side, the Ryder Cup captains have been known to dish out gifts. In 2018, the winning captain Thomas Bjorn reportedly gave a Rolex watch to each of his winning team members.
This was a tradition that began in 1983 with captain Tony Jacklin. When the event first began in 1927, players were compensated and British players had their travel, clothing and equipment allowance subsidised.
When is the Ryder Cup?
The 2023 Ryder Cup is taking place from September 29 to October 1 at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy.
How does the Ryder Cup work?
Team Europe and Team USA play each other across three days of match play. On days one and two, there are four sessions in total which will feature two sessions of four foursomes matches and two sessions of four fourballs matches.
On the third and final day, there will be 12 singles matches contested by the 12 players on each side. The team that reaches 14.5 points first will win the Ryder Cup.
Who are the Ryder Cup captains?
Luke Donald is the 2023 European Ryder Cup captain and Zach Johnson is the 2023 American Ryder Cup captain.
Who is playing at the Ryder Cup in 2023?
The European team is as follows: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Robert MacIntyre, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Sepp Straka, Nicolai Hojgaard, Ludvig Aberg and Shane Lowry.
The US team is as follows: Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Max Homa and Collin Morikawa.
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