The Ryder Cup, jointly organised by the PGA and the PGA Europe, is the most prestigious men’s team competition. First held in 1927, it originally pitted the best American players against their British counterparts. But given relentless domination by the Americans, the British team decided to include Irish players in 1973, then expanded the team to include continental Europeans in 1979.
The Ryder Cup is held every two years, alternating between Europe and the United States.
The equivalent women’s team event is the Solheim Cup, which was first held in 1990. Since 1994, the President’s Cup has pitted the best American golfers against the rest of the world (excluding Europe).
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