The Ryder Cup has come an awful long way since British garden seed entrepreneur and golf enthusiast Samuel Ryder spawned the competition as we now know it during the mid-1920s.

More than 50,000 spectators per day are expected to pay an average of £115 to attend the contest at Le Golf National, near Paris, this week for the 42nd edition of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States, which has become one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the global sporting calendar.

“It’s reached a rare echelon of sports events that appeal to people who are not fans of the sport,” says Carsten Thode, chief strategy officer at agency Synergy. “Everyone who loves golf loves the Masters or The Open, but everyone who loves sport loves the Ryder Cup.”

The Ryder Cup’s popularity continues to rise – the number of people interested in it has risen by 6.7m since just before the last one held in Europe in 2014, according to new data from Nielsen Sports – and is the result of a potent cocktail.

Since 1979, Europe has won eleven times outright and retained the Cup once in a tied match, with eight American wins over this period. In addition to players from Great Britain and Ireland, the European team has included players from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Sweden.

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