Charter a Private Jet to the Ryder Cup
Whether you root for the Americans or the Europeans at the Ryder Cup, held every two years on alternating continents, Paramount Business Jets can arrange a flight to its hosting golf course.
In 2018, the Ryder Cup will be played Sep 25 - Sep 30 at Le Golf National, near Paris, France. Paramount Business Jets can arrange a flight into any of these nearby airports:
- Toussus Le Noble Airport, LFPN, TNF, Toussus Le Noble, France (1 miles)
- Velizy Airport, LFPV, Villacoublay, France (6 miles)
- Paris Issy Les Moulineaux, LFPI, Paris, France (11 miles)
- Orly Airport, LFPO, ORY, Paris, France (13 miles)
- Le Bourget Airport, LFPB, LBG, Paris, France (22 miles)
- Cormeilles En Vexin Airport, LFPT, POX, Pontoise, France (24 miles)
- Charles De Gaulle Airport, LFPG, CDG, Paris, France (28 miles)
- Villaroche Airport, LFPM, Melun, France (29 miles)
- Creil Airport, LFPC, CSF, Creil, France (40 miles)
- Voisins Airport, LFPK, Colmar, France (43 miles)
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The Ryder Cup is a like a golf “Olympics” – except it’s only between two teams. While the three-day, 28-match tournament, like any other championship, pits player against player on every hole, winning points go to the team and in the end, it is the best team that is awarded the coveted Ryder Cup.
Because it differs from familiar stroke-play, in which the player taking the fewest total shots wins, match-play at the Ryder Cup is often criticized as hard to understand. But, it’s easy if you break it down.
It works like this:
- Each hole is worth a point.
- The golfer or team of golfers taking the fewest shots wins the hole and gets a point. In a tie, each side gets half a point.
- At the end of 18 holes, whoever has the most points wins the match and earns a point for his team.
- Whichever team gets to 14 ½ first wins the Cup.
While the U.S. leads in overall wins, 25-13-2, it has slipped in the past decade, losing the last three consecutive Ryder Cups and eight of the 10 last biennial competitions. America’s last Ryder Cup victory was in 2008 and it hasn’t won overseas since 1993.
To remedy that, the PGA of America, after its last loss in 2014, formed an 11-member Ryder Cup Task Force, comprised of former players and PGA executives, to examine how the players and team captains are chosen for what it called its “most prized competitive asset” and “one of the biggest events in all of sport.” Changes were to be announced before picking the teams for the 2016 Ryder Cup.
As a seven-time Ryder Cup competitor, Tiger Woods, upon being named a member of the task force, said, “I think this is a great step by the PGA to accomplish what we all want – to win the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is very important to every player who has the honor to represent his country.”
Meanwhile, the Number One golfer in the world, Northern Ireland’s somewhat outspoken Rory McIlroy, who helped the European team win the Ryder Cup in 2010, 2012 and 2014 called the task force a desperate move by the U.S.
“It's not rocket science why Europe has won the last three Ryder Cups and eight of the past 10," McIlroy, born in 1989, said with a confidence not unlike his buddy, Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James, in February 2015.
Understanding Ryder Cup lingo isn’t rocket science either. Here are some definitions for the jargon (amaze your friends):
- Foursome: two teams of two golfers, each team playing one ball, alternating shots on each hole and taking turns teeing off.
- Fourball: two teams of two golfers each playing his own ball. The player with the lowest score on the hole wins it.
- Pairings: the captain of each team submits the order of play for his team and then the lists are matched to get the pairings. (Players in pairings can be modified by the captain at any time before the match.)
- Halved: If a match is tied after 18 holes, each team gets half a point. When a match is tied during play, then it’s called “all square.”
- Dormie: a player takes the match dormie if he is ahead by as many points as holes remain; in other words, he can’t lose. For example, a match has gone dormie if one player or team is up by two points with two holes left to play. (It’s rooted in the Latin dormer, meaning to sleep, according to the USGA Museum. When a player has an insurmountable lead, he can relax.)