How the Ryder Cup works

first_img0Shares0000The United States and Europe will fight it out for the Ryder Cup © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTURESAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France, Sep 25 – How will the scoring work in the 42nd Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States, which begins Friday at Le Golf National near Paris?AFP Sport runs through the essentials: – Scoring –Each 12-man team will compete in one session of foursomes (alternate shot) and four-ball (best ball) matches on both Friday and Saturday with 12 final singles matches staged on Sunday.Each team must omit four players for each of the pairs sessions, but everyone plays on the final day.Each match victory earns one point. Any matches that are halved — all square after 18 holes — bring both teams half a point.Because a match can be decided before all the holes are completed, some will end without reaching the 18th.– Winning –With 28 matches in all, each team needs 14 1/2 points to clinch victory.If the score finishes level on 14-14, then the previous Ryder Cup winner — in this case the United States — retains the trophy. It can happen that the holders reach 13 1/2 points and “go dormie” in a match, clinching half a point by achieving a lead that equals the number of holes remaining.Barring an unlikely disqualification, that would ensure a team retains the trophy, even though it takes 14 1/2 points to “win” the Cup.– Foursomes –In foursomes, also known as alternate shot, each two-man team plays with one ball.Players take turns hitting shots until each hole is completed. Players alternate hit tee shots with one leading off on odd-numbered holes and the other on even-numbered holes.The team with the low score wins the hole. If scores are level, the hole is halved.– Four-balls –In four-ball, or best-ball, each member of each two-man team plays his own ball.That puts four balls in play on every hole. The lowest of two scores on each hole counts for a team. Lowest overall score wins the hole. If the lowest scores are level, the hole is halved.– Concession –Unlike in stroke play, players do not have to finish off a hole in match play. Players can concede a stroke — generally a putt. The opponent picks up the ball, takes the score he would have made by holing on the next stroke and continues to the next.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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High import duties keeping Tesla off Indian roads Musk

first_imgNew Delhi: Breaking silence over his India plans, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has blamed high import duties on electric cars for blocking the entry of Tesla vehicles in the country. India has taken a slew of measures to promote the use of electric cars in the country. It recently slashed Goods and Services tax (GST) on electric vehicles to five per cent from the earlier 12 per cent, but it levies high duty on imported vehicles to protect domestic automakers. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “I’m told import duties are extremely high (up to 100 per cent), even for electric cars. This would make our cars unaffordable,” Musk said late on Thursday while responding to a tweet from an Indian follower. Close on the heels of the Union Budget providing tax relief for buying electric vehicles, the GST Council in its meeting last month cut the tax on electric vehicles (EV) from 12 per cent to 5 per cent, effective August 1, 2019. The council has also slashed rate for EV chargers from 18 per cent to 5 per cent, making electric vehicles affordable for buyers. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The twin rate cuts are set to further boost the EV sector. The Budget on July 5 had proposed income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on the loans taken to purchase EVs. This is a major push to electric vehicles which has so far seen lukewarm response in the country owing to high ownership cost and insufficient infrastructure. Not surprisingly, the share of electric vehicles out of total annual vehicle sales in the country is less than 1 per cent. However, the Narendra Modi government is committed to transform the transport sector by promoting the use of green cars and bikes. Musk, who has been trying to come to India for the past couple of years, told a visiting group of IIT Madras students last month that Tesla may run on Indian roads in 2020. Musk tweeted in March this year that he would love to be in India in 2019 or next year. “Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next! India,” Musk tweeted. He blamed government policies, including FDI norms, for giving up on his India dreams. Earlier this year, Tesla’s Indian-origin Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from the firm, bringing Musk’s India dream to a halt again. Tesla was expected to enter India with the Model 3 that sells for nearly $35,000.last_img read more

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