PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder didn’t play in any competitive tournaments until he was 16

Sam Ryder has the name and now he’s got the game as PGA Tour rookie is dreaming of playing in the Ryder Cup

  • Rookie Sam Ryder didn’t play in any competitive tournaments until he was 16
  • It was in Houston that Ryder showed signs he’s finding his feet at highest level
  • Americans are chirping at holding all four majors, but Jon Rahm may take one
  • Ian Poulter will be reflecting with pride on the six-week road trip of a lifetime

Was there ever a golfer with a name more suited to his profession than PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder?

‘Shouldn’t you be getting an honorary wild card to play in Paris in September?’ said his fellow pro James Driscoll, smiling, ‘the Ryder Cup is named after you.’

As you can imagine, Ryder gets asked rather a lot whether he’s related to a certain St Albans seed merchant who donated the famous gold trophy for competition between the US and Britain and Ireland in 1927.

PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder didn’t play in any competitive tournaments until he was 16
PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder didn’t play in any competitive tournaments until he was 16

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