The first day’s play on Saturday May 6 will see the teams split into four groups of four – similar to the UEFA Champions League football group stages – before the top two teams from each group progress to the knockout stages – the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, a 3rd/4th place play-off match and the final – all of which will be contested on Sunday May 7.
Saturday 6th May and Sunday 7th May 2017. Both days’ play will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and around the globe on the European Tour’s world feed network.
Birthplace of The Ryder Cup
Although Samuel Ryder is best remembered as the founder of the Ryder Cup, he was also one of St Albans’ most notable citizens as a successful businessman, churchman and local politician.
Today he is largely known as the namesake of the Ryder Cup, golf's biennial contest between Europe and the United States. Ryder took up the sport at age 49 as a way to combat poor health and became a member of nearby Verulam Golf Club, serving as club captain three times. He sponsored several golf tournaments with Heath & Heather, and donated the first Ryder Cup trophy to an competition between touring Americans and British professionals before the Open Championship in 1926. The first official match was the following year in the USA, and a tradition was born. Ryder later died in London in early 1936, and is currently buried in the Hatfield Road cemetery in St Albans.
Find out more about him on the Samuel Ryder Trail.
Address and contact details
Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead Road, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans
Postcode: HP3 8LA