What Are The Origins Of The Ryder Cup?
The modern game of golf originated in 15th Century Scotland, and this year, the Ryder Cup is being held at the Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Scotland between 26th to 28th September. Named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy, and originally contested between Great Britain and the United States, the tournaments’ popularity saw it extended to a USA vs Europe team in 1979. Unusually in the world of professional sports, the players and teams receive no prize money, although the prestigious event attracts a great deal of press attention and sponsors.
The current holders of the cup are the Europe team, and are going into this year’s competition as the current favourites to win this year, following the team announcements and “wild card” selections. However, the USA team usually brings a strong game, and there may not be much to separate them.
At Walkers, we have a long association with golf, with golf themed shortbread tins, and gifts for you or the golfer in your life. This year, we are celebrating the Ryder Cup by running a competition, with a selection of golf-themed goodies including a Walkers Golf Umbrella and a Gleaneagles Selection Box. All you have to do is show your support for either the USA or Europe team, and all entries from the winning team will be entered into a prize draw.