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Junior Ryder Cup FAQs: Scoring, history, format, and how it works

The 11th Junior Ryder Cup matches will be held Sept. 24-25, 2018 at Disneyland Paris in Paris, France. The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team is the defending champion, earning a 15.5 to 8.5 win over the European team at Interlachen Country Club. 

Live scoring

Live scoring will be available here when play begins on Sept. 24.

Method of Play

The Junior Ryder Cup competition features one day of six foursome matches (three boys matches and three girls matches) in the morning; same-day of six mixed four-ball matches in the afternoon, and one final day of singles matches involving all 12 members of each team.

Rules and Regulations

The Rules of Golf, which govern play, are determined by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and applied by the PGA of America Board of Directors. The team selection is subject to the overall supervision of the Board and the PGA Rules Committee. Junior Ryder Cup proper shall be played under the R&A Rules of Golf, in accordance with the European Golf Association when held in Europe.


Boys and girls must be 2019 high school graduates or younger; must not have reached their 19th birthday by the start of the competition; and must be American citizens, to be eligible to represent the United States Junior Ryder Cup Team. The 12-member team consists of six boys and six girls, who earn berths through results from the 2017/2018 PGA of America Junior events and USGA national events.

PGA Points Structure

The PGA points structure is three-tiered, with points awarded in premier events, top events and Section events. A complete list of events and the various ways to make the U.S. team can be found on JuniorRyderCup.com.

An International Showcase of Golf’s Next Generation

On Sept. 20, 1995, a series of exhibition matches were conducted matching the Central New York PGA Section- area juniors against 12 leading European junior players. The Europeans, age 15 and younger, toured three New York courses and dominated all of the matches. No results were published. The inaugural Junior Ryder Cup was contested prior to the 1997 Ryder Cup in Sotogrande, Spain. The U.S. won, 7-5. In 1999, Europe returned to face the U.S. juniors, and dominated in the Boston area by a 101⁄2-to-11⁄2 margin.

This marked the first of three-straight outright Junior Ryder Cup victories for the Europeans. In 2006, however, the United States team was able to halve the Junior Ryder Cup, 6-6, when the matches were contested in Newport, Wales.

In 2012, the United States captured its third consecutive victory in the biennial event, 141⁄2-91⁄2, at historic Olympia Fields (Ill.). In 2008, the U.S. won in dominant fashion, 22-2, at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky., and the Americans prevailed in 2010, after a hard-fought match, 131⁄2-101⁄2, at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.

Past Results

1997 - USA 9, Europe 7
1999 - Europe 11.5, USA 1.5
2002 - Europe 9.5, USA 2.5
2004 - Europe 8.5, USA 3.5
2006 - Europe 6, USA 6
2008 - USA 22, Europe 2
2010 - USA 13.5, Europe 10.5
2012 - USA 14.5, Europe 9.5
2014 - USA 16, Europe 8
2016 - USA 15.5, Europe 8.5