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Why is it called the european team in the ryder cup?

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When its clear that the US plays vs the world.

Do you feel that the USA team is at a little disadvantage?

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It's called that because that's what it is. No South American, African, Asian, Australian, North American or Antarctic golfers can be on the European team. 

 

So, although it is a multinational team, it is not a world team. And I don't know the specific numbers, but I bet the population of all of Europe is close to or less than that of the US. 

 

I don't think the US is at a distinct disadvantage based on how the Ryder Cup is organized. Maybe just outclassed recently by better players!

 

If it WAS a worldwide team, to include Europe, I think the US would get dominated all day every day. Give the Euro team the world golf class, such as Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, and maybe a Thongchai Jaidee... we would get smashed. 

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Nor Canadians, though we do get a shot at the Presidents Cup

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Thanks for the info

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Nor Canadians, though we do get a shot at the Presidents Cup

So all the guys thats not eligible for ryder cup team are for the presidents cup?

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So all the guys thats not eligible for ryder cup team are for the presidents cup?

Yes.
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Thanks for the info

 

As an aside, originally the matches were just the U.S. vs Great Britain.  The rest of Europe wasn't included until 1979.

 

The President's Cup started in 1994.  Good grief......hard to believe it's been around 20 years already!

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As an aside, originally the matches were just the U.S. vs Great Britain.  The rest of Europe wasn't included until 1979.

 

The President's Cup started in 1994.  Good grief......hard to believe it's been around 20 years already!

Originally US V GB and became US V GB & Ireland in 1971, though Irish and Channel Islanders had played previously, as you say then became the US V Europe in 1979.

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