ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 28: Fans wave flags in support of Team United States during the opening ceremony for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf Club on September 28, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Scottie Scheffler was not even born the last time the United States won a Ryder Cup on European soil.

At the 44th edition of golf’s biennial team tournament in Rome on Friday, the world No. 1 spearheads the charge to remedy his country’s 30-year bout of travel sickness.

Despite dishing out an emphatic 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin two years ago, Team USA arrive at Marco Simone Golf Club in the knowledge they have not returned across the Atlantic with the cup in hand since 1993, when Tom Watson oversaw a 15-13 win over Bernard Gallacher’s European side at The Belfry in Warwickshire.

For US captain Zach Johnson, it’s an opportunity to stop the rot, while for European counterpart Luke Donald, revenge is in the air.

Tom Watson (centre holding trophy) captain of the United States team with team members Fred Couples,Chip Beck,Lee Janzen, Corey Pavin, John Cook, Payne Stewart, Davis Love III, Jim Gallagher, Jr., Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite, Paul Azinger and Lanny Wadkins after defeating Europe 13 to 15 at the 30th Ryder Cup Matches on 26 September 1993 at The Belfry in Wishaw, Warwickshire, England. (Photo by photographer name Chris Cole/Getty Images)

How to watch

Promising “one of the most sophisticated broadcast operations in Ryder Cup history,” organizers have said the action is to be beamed to 201 countries across the globe.

On Friday and Saturday, US viewers can tune in via USA Network from 1:30 a.m. ET. At 3 a.m. ET Saturday coverage switches to NBC, which will also be broadcasting Sunday’s decisive singles matches from 5:30 a.m.

UK audiences can follow the action on Sky Sports Golf, which begins coverage at 6 a.m. BST Friday and Saturday before starting at 9 a.m. BST Sunday.

Fans in selected regions will also be able to watch featured groups live on the Ryder Cup website and app.

For more information on how to watch, check the Ryder Cup website here.

Golf - The 2023 Ryder Cup - Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy - September 28, 2023
Team USA captain Zach Johnson watches Justin Thomas play a shot during a practice round REUTERS/Carl Recine


No surprises here if you caught the Solheim Cup last week, where Europe retained the trophy after a pulsating first-ever draw in Spain.

Two teams of 12 – six automatic qualifiers and six captain’s picks – battle across three days for a total of 28 points, with Friday and Saturday comprising foursomes and four-ball sessions.

Starting at 1:35 a.m. ET (6:35 a.m. BST), mornings are dedicated to foursome matches – also known as alternate shot – which sees two golfers team up to face off against an opposing pair, alternating hits of the same ball.

ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: Sepp Straka, Luke Donald, Captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vice Captain and Rory McIlroy of Team Europe talk on the seventh hole during the European Team Portraits at the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf Club on September 26, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Each match at the tournament is worth one point, with the points halved in the event of a tie.

Four-ball games are held in the afternoon from 6:25 a.m. ET (11:25 a.m. BST), where a two vs. two format is again resumed, except each golfer plays their own ball.

The lowest score recorded by either player in the pair is the one registered for that hole, hence the format’s other name, four-ball better-ball (4BBB).

Sunday is a straight shoot-out of 12 singles matches, teeing off every 12 minutes from 5:35 a.m. ET (10:35 a.m. BST), where every member of the team is sent out to fight for decisive points.

The team with the most points wins. As defending champion, the United States would retain the cup in the event of a tie, though there has only ever been one draw since the Great British and Irish team became Team Europe in 1979 – a 14-14 stalemate at The Belfry in 1989.

Team USA

Captain: Zach Johnson

Automatic qualifiers: Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele

Captain’s picks: Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas

Team Europe

Captain: Luke Donald

Automatic qualifiers: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Robert MacIntyre

Captain’s picks: Tommy Fleetwood, Sepp Straka, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, Nicolai Højgaard and Ludvig Aberg