What is fourball golf and how is it different to foursomes? Ryder Cup 2018 format

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Pair | Danny Willett and Lee Westwood played as a pair in the fourballs in 2016: Getty Images

Europe and America’s best golfers will meet just outside of Paris this week to contest the Ryder Cup.

The biennial contest comprises of three different forms of match play golf across three days and is broken down into five different sessions.

Four of the sessions are spread across the Friday and the Saturday while Sunday is one session of 12 singles matches.

The schedule is as follows...

Friday, September 28

Morning: Fourballs, starting 8.10am

Afternoon: Foursomes, starting 1.50pm

Saturday, September 29

Morning: Fourballs, starting 8.10am

Afternoon: Foursomes, starting 1.50pm

Sunday, September 30

12 singles matches, starting 12.05pm

What is fourball golf?

The fourball format consists of a pair of players from each side playing in one group, each player playing their own ball.

At the end of each hole the best score from each pair is counted towards whether the hole goes to Europe, the USA or is halved.

How does it differ from foursomes?

In foursomes there are the same number of golfers but instead of playing their own ball the pairs take alternate shots with the same ball.

Complications can arise here as to whose ball is used, as each playing will be accustom to the particular ball they use on Tour.