When the United States were cruising through 12 successive Ryder Cup victories (plus a tie) from 1959-85 it would have taken a brave man to suggest they would soon go 25 years without an away win, yet that is the stark reality now facing Jim Furyk's team.
Incredibly, that last success, at the Belfry in 1993 under the stewardship of Tom Watson, is the Americans' only away victory since 1981.
During that 37-year period Europe have won on American soil four times and repeatedly triumphed in England as well as Spain, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Next week they will seek to add France to the roll of honour ahead of Italy hosting the event in 2022.
But where will the Ryder Cup be staged when the competition returns to America in two years' time?
Standard Sport runs you through all you need to know about the 43rd edition of golf’s greatest contest...
When is it?
The next Ryder Cup will take place between Friday, September 25 and Sunday, September 27, 2020.
Where is it?
After Europe played host this year, the next contest will be held Stateside at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.
The Ryder Cup will be played on The Straits course at the club, designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1998, which has previously held three PGA Championships, the most recent being Jason Day’s win in 2015.
The course plays over 7000 yards along the rugged, uninterrupted Lake Michigan shoreline.
How are the captains picked?
Both captains are typically named within a few months of the Ryder Cup finishing, with Thomas Bjorn having been confirmed in the role in December 2016.
When selecting a captain for the American side, the PGA’s Executive Committee will discuss their options, usually someone with Ryder Cup experience as a player or vice captain and at least one major title in their trophy cabinet.
Once they have come to a decision, the captain will be recommended to the PGA board of directors for their vote.
In Europe a similar process is followed, with the European Tour’s Tournament Committie selecting a player, though their choice must be signed off by the European Ryder Cup Players and Stakeholders Board.
|2022||Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy|
|2024||Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York|
|2028||Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota|
|2032||The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California|
|2036||Congressional, Bethesda, Maryland|