29 facts and figures ahead of 42nd Ryder Cup

Thomas Bjorn (AP)
Thomas Bjorn (AP)

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Facts and figures from the 42nd Ryder Cup that begins Friday at Le Golf National:

270 000 - Number of spectators expected to attend the week's activities.

90 - Number of nations from which people will travel for the event.

43 - Percentage of ticket buyers who will be French.

7 - Percentage of Americans making the trek to support team USA.

41 - Number of prior Ryder Cups, with the Americans leading the all-time rivalry 26-13 with two drawn.

19 - Number of matches since the British and Irish squad was expanded to a full European side. Europe are 10-8 with one drawn in that span.

82 - Number of players who have played for Team Europe.

133.5 - Number of points won by English players since 1979, more than any other European nation.

12 - Number of nations that have represented the European team.

22 - Record number of Ryder Cup matches won by Arnold Palmer.

25 - Highest number of points recorded by a Ryder Cup player, achieved by England's Nick Faldo.

52 - Age of Ray Floyd when he became the oldest player in Ryder Cup history in 1993.

19 - Age of Sergio Garcia in 1999 when he became the youngest player in Ryder Cup history.

34 000 - The number of cars parked at park and ride spaces during Ryder Cup week.

3.4 - The millimetres in height the grass on the greens will be cut.

8 - The mm height of the fairway cut.

98 - The mm height of the deepest rough.

9 - The number of holes at le Golf National featuring water hazards.

25 - The number of years since the USA won on European soil, in 1993 at The Belfry in England.

1 350 - The number of volunteer workers at the event this week, from more than 50 nations. They range in age from 18 to 82.

6 900 - Approximate number of seats at the first tee.

11 063 - The number of seats in 10 grandstands across the course.

18 - The number of Jumbotron video screens spread across the course.

7 183 - The length of the course in yards.

25 - The kilometres of rope used to mark off the course areas for spectators and players. Also 9km of fencing and 16.5km of crowd control barriers.

5 250 - The number of white stakes used to secure the ropes.

356 - The number of club car buggies used on the course, most notably by the US and European teams but also by sponsors, television and caterers.

500 000 - The approximate number of litres of water used each day.

8 000 - The approximate number of hospitality area meals to be served during competition days Friday through Sunday.

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