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A Brief History of the Ryder Cup Matches

A Brief History of the Ryder Cup Matches

A Brief History of the Ryder Cup Matches

In 1921 an exhibition match between the United States and Great Britain was held in Scotland with such notable players as Walter Hagen for the U.S. side and Harry Vardon representing Great Britain. This event sowed the seeds for what would later become the Ryder Cup matches.

Starting in 1927 the Ryder Cup would be played every odd numbered year (except for 1939 -1945 due to World War II), being held at alternating U.S. and now European sites. This was until the 9/11 Attacks in 2001 when the matches were postponed and are now held every even numbered year. This year’s event will take place on September 23 – 28, 2014 at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.

The 1927 U.S. Ryder Cup Team with Captain Walter Hagen holding the now coveted trophy.

The 1927 U.S. Ryder Cup Team with Captain Walter Hagen holding the now coveted trophy.

With the first 1927 Ryder Cup matches held at the Donald Ross designed Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts, the historical event began. Garden seed magnate Samuel Ryder donated the now celebrated trophy that bears his name for the matches originally between the United States versus Great Britain and Ireland, put on by the Professional Golfers Association of America and their British counterparts.

The U.S. won that first match in 1927. The two teams traded wins through the 1920s and into the early 1930s. With the likes of Ben Hogan in the 1950s, Arnold Palmer in the 1960s, and Jack Nicklaus in the 1970s the matches went mainly to the United States. So lopsided were the U.S. victories over the span from the mid-1930s through the early 1980s, that in 1979 the Great Britain side was expanded to include all of Europe. This was done, in no small part, to allow the inclusion of the great Spaniard golfer, Seve Ballesteros.

Ballesteros set a fire under the European team and rallied them to many a triumph. His hard nosed gamesmanship was legendary as he scratched out win after win for his team mates.

The PGA of America puts on the Ryder Cup matches, not the PGA Tour (which split from the PGA many years ago). Because of this a player is selected to represent his country strictly for the honor, without pay. However, there is an amount of money donated to a player’s charity.

The 1991 Ryder Cup Team with Captain Dave Stockton holding the coveted trophy.

The 1991 Ryder Cup Team with Captain Dave Stockton holding the coveted trophy.

Who could forget a couple of the more recent exciting battles? The 1991 “War by the Shore” fought at Kiawah Island and won in a squeaker by the U.S. And the 1999 “Miracle at Brookline” when a Ben Crenshaw led U.S. team, counted all but out, came back that final day at The Country Club in Brookline, MA to defeat the Europeans.

The 1999 Ryder Cup Team with Captain Ben Crenshaw holding the coveted trophy.

The 1999 Ryder Cup Team with Captain Ben Crenshaw holding the coveted trophy.

To this day the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour hold these fierce matches every other year for the right to claim the prized Ryder Cup and two years of bragging rights.


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