All About The Ryder Cup, From 1927 to 2014

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The Ryder Cup is a men’s golf tournament played between Europe and the United States every two years.  The venue for the competition, which is administered by both the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour, alternates equally between Europe and the U.S locations.  The Ryder Cup is named after the Englishman Samuel Ryder, who donated the prized trophy.

The first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts.  In 1973 the official title of the British Team was changed from “Great Britain” to “Great Britain and Ireland, but is now referred to as Europe.  Although the Ryder Cup is a very high profile event within the world of professional sports, the players receive no prize money for winning – strictly a gentleman’s game for pride in nationality.



The most recent Ryder Cup was held September 28-30, 2012 at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.  Europe who began the final day of play four points behind, managed to come back and win 14 ½ to 13 ½ over the U.S.  Carrying this momentum forward and home, Europe will host the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland.

When is the Ryder Cup? – The 2014 Ryder Cup Dates Announced

The Ryder Cup will be held over the weekend of 26-28 September in 2014, it was announced earlier today.  The event, which will be held in Scotland for the first time since 1973 when it was at Muirfield, will be played over the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.  Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, was “delighted to have seen […] the many exciting changes that are being made to improve this already outstanding golf course.   As well as the hi-tech efforts to reduce water on the greens, the Ryder Cup teams can expect many of the changes – proposed by Jack Nicklaus – to provide a sterner test as they seek glory during the competition.”

Keep your eyes peeled for the trips PerryGolf will be offering to what always proves to be a memorable tournament!

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

How To Attend the 2014 Ryder Cup

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European Ryder Cup Captain Announced

Congratulations to Paul McGinley on being named as Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain for the matches at Gleneagles in 2014.  As a good Scot, it would have been nice to see Monty return after his success at Celtic Manor, but I am sure McGinley will also do a great job as he goes up against Tom Watson. Further details can be found by clicking here.

Looking forward to seeing Europe defend the title and you can join us as PerryGolf have packages that allow various attendance options; details of which you can see here.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair is one of PerryGolf’s Golf Travel Specialists.
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Tom Watson Named 2014 US Ryder Cup Captain

Tom Watson has been named the US Ryder Cup Captain for the 2014 matches at Gleneagles.  Having lost 5 of the last 6 matches, the US PGA has called for the 8 time major winner to turn the tide in a move that could prove to be a masterstroke.  They’ve turned their back on their recent tradition of picking former major winners in their late 40’s preferring someone who is a true legend of the game and who has had success as a Captain before (the last one to do so on foreign soil).  Not only is Tom loved throughout the golfing world (he is extremely popular in Scotland where the matches will be played), but it’ll also be the first time the US leader will be of a greater golfing stature than Tiger Woods.  Sure, Tiger has more majors to his name, but only Jack Nicklaus commands a greater level of respect from golf fans than Tom, so surely he’ll get the best out of the former world number one and we’ll finally see Tiger perform to his best at the Ryder Cup?   After the miracle at Medinah and Europe’s dramatic final day victory, the US will be desperate to win the trophy back and who better than Tom Watson to lead them into battle?

PerryGolf will be offering some fantastic packages to the 2014 Ryder Cup, which will be available to view on our website in the upcoming weeks.  Watch this space for the exact details.

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 13 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.
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The Gleneagles Hotel Scotland To Host The 2014 Ryder Cup

Gleneagles : A Class Unto Its Own

If you had not already noticed Gleneagles was on a roll with the G8 Conference, the 2014 Ryder Cup and Andrew Fairlie’s second Michelin star (Scotland’s only such restaurant), now they have begun a £3.5 million refurbishment of the hotel’s entire top floor. The project will completely renovate the space in order to produce nine fourth floor 2 bedroom suites and a 1 bedroom suite. One will be split-level with bedrooms, a luxurious bathing room and steam shower on the lower floor and a spiral staircase leading to an upstairs lounge. GleneaglesThe project is overseen by international designer Amanda Rosa, who is responsible for creating the interiors which will have a contemporary feel and will be dressed in natural soothing tones of sage, cream and brown. Silk, velvet and cotton textures will create warmth and depth. All will have magnificent views. The work is on schedule for completion in May 2007. A boardroom is also being created on the top floor, taking advantage of the views within a relaxed business environment.

Additional refurbishment of the main hotel’s corridors will begin at the same time and is due to be completed by mid-March 07. This project is being overseen by interior designers, Sedley Place, who are placing new wall coverings, carpeting, lighting and furnishings on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the hotel.

The Story of Gleneagles

Gleneagles, the ‘Palace in the Glens’, lies at the heart of Scotland, but the resort is only a one hour motorway drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. This Five Red Star golf resort hotel is set in 850 acres of stunning scenery in Perthshire, Scotland. It was designed in the style of a French chateau. Capability Brown, the celebrated 18th century landscape gardener, inspired the landscaping. Due to the current fourth floor renovations, the room count has changed. Currently it is 232 bedrooms including 16 suites and from May 2007 it will be 232 bedrooms and 26 suites.

Braid HouseBraid House, an additional accommodation wing, opened at a cost of £10 million in December 2002. This wing houses 59 luxurious bedrooms, many of which have balconies and four state-of-the-art meeting rooms. An investment program in excess of £60 million has shaped a luxury destination for the 21st century. Gleneagles celebrated its 80th anniversary in June 2004.

 

Golf

Golf at Gleneagles is a perfect pleasure offered by three distinct courses:

PGA Centenary Course

PGA Centenary CourseThe PGA Centenary Course put Jack Nicklaus to task. It had to be a great course, set as it is in the heart of Scotland, the country that gave the world golf. Nicklaus described the site as “The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with.” which is a challenge akin to being expected to win. Moreover, he would follow in the great James Braid’s footsteps at renowned Gleneagles. Pressure? It focuses the senses, and inspired Mr. Nicklaus to one of his most prized accomplishments.

From the back tees, the PGA Centenary Course measures 7,088 yards, the longest inland course in Scotland. However, the tees are graded at each hole in five stages, including a challenging 6,558 yards from the white markers down to 5,072 from the red. Fittingly, the PGA Centenary Course begins by playing southeast towards the famed glen of the eagles sweeping up the Ochil Hills to the summit of the pass below Ben Shee which joins it to Glendevon.

A feature of the PGA Centenary Course is the feast of views of the spectacular countryside in which Gleneagles is set. Putting on the two-tier second green, you are distracted by the lush panorama of the rich Perthshire straths. As you move westwards over the next few holes, the rugged Grampians come into view on the right, then distantly purple ahead, Ben Vorlich and the mountains above the Trossachs.

Gleneagles’ privilege to host the 2014 Ryder Cup is anxiously awaited!

Queen’s Course

The Queen's CourseThreading through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate, the Queen’s offers lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, like a splendid classic moorland links. Great names have enjoyed this unusual 5,965 yard par 68 on numerous occasions: Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino, as well as great names from the entertainment and sports worlds including Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Bing Crosby, Jackie Stewart, and moon golfer Alan Shepard!

King’s Course

The King's CourseThe King’s Course, opened in 1919, is a masterpiece of design by James Braid who has placed an absolute premium on club selection. Sloping greens and yawning bunkers await if you’re wrong. The King’s Course is certainly one of the most exhilarating places to play golf in the world. With springy moorland turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon. The layout is par 71 — 6790 for the boys and 5220 for the girls.

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Gleneagles Golf Academy

The Golf Academy at Gleneagles enshrines the philosophy that improving a player’s performance improves their enjoyment of the game. The Academy provides an important focus for developing a player’s short game in addition to improving play from the tee, and includes a covered 320 yard double-ended driving range with capacity for 40 golfers.

Fine Dining

Fine DiningGleneagles has earned international acclaim for the excellence and variety of dishes prepared in the Kitchens. The Strathearn is Gleneagles’ two rosette award winning restaurant with magnificent views across the estate. The service is stylish and the food is from a classical era. Its dressy if you like, or smart/casual. The very best of the world’s wines await your arrival and there is a collection of some of the rarest malt whiskies in Scotland.

In May 2001, Michelin award winning chef, Andrew Fairlie, opened his own restaurant at the hotel offering the delights of French influenced cuisine. The restaurant received Michelin Star rating in January 2002, after only 8 months of opening, and another in January 2006 making it the only two star in Scotland.

The Club & Spa

The Club & SpaThe Club at Gleneagles sets new trends in leisure enjoyment for members and guests alike. Facilities include a 20 metre length lap pool, leisure pool and Jacuzzi, and outdoor hot pool; 280m² gymnasium with 28 types of Technogym cardiovascular equipment, 18 flat-screen televisions, and Wellness computer system monitoring individual’s performance; aerobics dance studio; lavishly appointed health suite with mixed steam baths, sauna and solarium; and luxurious changing accommodation. The Club restaurant is equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven and wood-burning grill.

Adjoining The Club, The Spa offers an exclusive range of beauty care and therapeutic treatments with ten treatment rooms for gentlemen and ladies, sauna, steam and hydrotherapy bath, and hairdressing at The Salon.

Shooting & Fishing

Shooting and fishing enjoy a world class reputation at Gleneagles for providing the most expert instruction in all disciplines, at all levels of skill. Guests come from all over the world to test their skill in shooting clay targets, and fly fishing for novice and experienced anglers is available at lochs on the estate and locally.

 

Shooting SkillsFishing SkillsGleneagles’ skilled ghillies will share their unrivalled knowledge with anglers at all levels of experience who can enjoy their sport on local salmon beats.

Falconry

Courses at The British School of Falconry at Gleneagles are internationally acclaimed as the finest introduction to the ancient sport. Lessons meet every level of experience and involvement, and guests who are seriously keen can develop their skills further by hawking on the Perthshire moors. Gleneagles invested £¼ million in a new falconry building, which is, located a short walk from the hotel’s reception.

Equestrian

The Gleneagles Equestrian School is one of the world’s finest equestrian facilities and has become one of the largest training and examination centres for British Horse Society qualifications. More than 70 competition days are held eachEquestrian year for all disciplines. Stabling is available for 43 horses, including more than 20 mounts available for students and guests. Private and group lessons are available on own mounts or centre mounts for adults and young riders under 14 years. Tuition includes the art of riding sidesaddle, the new sport of vaulting and carriage driving.

The Ryder Cup Format

The Ryder Cup has undergone many changes in the format of play.  Originally it was a two-day competition, with four 36-hole foursomes matches on the opening day followed by eight 36-hole singles matches the final day, with a maximum point total of 12.  It is now a three-day event that includes eight foursome matches (two versus two contest in which teammates alternate shots on their ball in efforts to complete the hole with the fewest shots), eight fourball matches (two versus two match but each golfer plays their own ball with the hole won by the team whose individual golfer has the lowest score), and 12 singles matches (one versus one contest, standard match play) – all of which are played over 18 holes. One point is awarded to the winner of each match and half a point to each side for a tie.

Between Friday and Sunday, 28 total matches are played, with four fourball and four foursomes played Friday and Saturday, with the home team’s captain deciding whether which format will be played in the morning and which in the afternoon.  The entire team plays Sunday, in 12 singles matches, but the captain selects only eight players for each of the sessions on Friday and Saturday.  In the event of a tie (14 to 14), the reigning champion will retain the Ryder Cup as a tie does not qualify as a loss.

Team Qualification and Selection

As has the format of the Ryder Cup, the selection process of each teams’ players has also changed throughout its history.  Of the 12 players on each team, 9 players are selected based on performance, while the remaining three players, known as wild cards or captain’s picks, are selected by each team’s captain.

Ryder Cup Results at a Glance

A total of 900 individual matches have been played throughout the 39 Ryder Cups.  Of these, the United States have won 441, Europe (including its two other names – Great Britain & Great Britain and Ireland) has won 335, leaving 124 matches that were halved.  Running scoreboard is U.S. 503 to Europe 397.

Watch Ryder Cup Flashbacks at http://www.rydercup.com/europe/multimedia/video.

Event Results

YEAR SITE USA EUR/GB/GBI W
2012 Medinah Country Club
Medinah, IL
13 ½ 14 ½
2010 Celtic Manor Resort
City of Newport, Wales
13 ½ 14 ½
2008 Valhalla Golf Club
Louisville, Kentucky
16 ½ 11 ½
2006 The K Club, Straffan
Co. Kildare, Ireland
9 ½ 18 ½
2004 Oakland Hills CC
Bloomfield Township, MI
9 ½ 18 ½
2002 The Belfry
Sutton Coldfield, England
12 ½ 15 ½
1999 The Country Club
Brookline, MA
14 ½ 13 ½
1997 Valderrama GC
Sotogrande Spain
13 ½ 14 ½
1995 Oak Hill CC
Rochester, NY
13 ½ 14 ½
1993 The Belfry
Sutton Coldfield, England
15 13
1991 The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C.
14 ½ 13 ½
1989 The Belfry
Sutton Coldfield, England
14 14
1987 Muirfield Village GC
Dublin, Ohio
13 15
1985 The Belfry
Sutton Coldfield, England
11 ½ 16 ½
1983 PGA National GC
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
14 ½ 13 ½
1981 Walton Health GC
Surrey, England
18 ½ 9 ½
1979 The Greenbrier
White Sulfer Springs, W. Va.
17 11
1977 Royal Lytham & St. Annes
St. Annes, England
12 ½ 7 ½
1975 Laurel Valley GC
Ligonier, Pa.
21 11
1973 Muirfield
Edinburgh, Scotland
19 13
1971 Old Warson CC
St. Louis, Mo.
18 ½ 13 ½
1969 Royal Birkdale GC
Southport, England
16 16
1967 Champions GC
Houston, Texas
23 ½ 8 ½
1965 Royal Birkdale GC
Southport, England
19 ½ 12 ½
1963 East Lake CC
Atlanta, Ga.
23 9
1961 Royal Lytham & St. Annes
St, Annes, England
14 ½ 9 ½
1959 Eldorado CC
Palm Desert, Calif.
8 ½ 3 ½
1957 Lindrick GC
Yorkshire, England
4 ½ 7 ½
1955 Thunderbird CC
Palm Springs, Calif.
8 4
1953 Wentworth GC
Wentworth, England
6 ½ 5 ½
1951 Pinehurst CC
Pinehurst, N.C.
9 ½ 2 ½
1949 Ganton GC
Scarborough, England
7 5
1947 Portland Golf Club
Portland, Ore.
11 1
No Matches played
due to World War II
1937 Southport & Ainsdale GC
Southport, England
8 4
1935 Ridgewood CC
Ridgewood, N.J.
9 3
1933 Southport & Ainsdale GC
Southport, England
5 ½ 6 ½
1931 Scioto CC
Columbus, Ohio
9 3
1929 Moortown GC
Leeds, England
5 7
1927 Worcester CC
Worcester, Mass.
9 ½ 2 ½

Source: http://www.rydercup.com/europe/history/2014-ryder-cup-past-results

American Ryder Cup World Records

Most Matches Played
Phil Mickelson 38
Billy Casper 37
Lanny Wadkins 34
Tiger Woods 33
Arnold Palmer 32
Raymond Floyd 31
Lee Trevino 30
Tom Kite 28
Jack Nicklaus 28
Gene Littler 27
Davis Love III 26
Most Points Won
Billy Casper 23½
Arnold Palmer 23
Lanny Wadkins 21½
Lee Trevino 20
Jack Nicklaus 18½
Gene Littler 18
Phil Mickelson 17
Tom Kite 17
Tiger Woods 14½
Hale Irwin 14
Raymond Floyd 13½
Davis Love III 11½
Julius Boros 11

Most Singles Points Won
Arnold Palmer 7
Billy Casper 7
Lee Trevino 7
Gene Littler
Tom Kite 6
Sam Snead 6
Most Foursome Points Won
Lanny Wadkins 9
Arnold Palmer 9
Billy Casper 9
Jack Nicklaus 8
Tom Kite
Julius Boros 6
Hale Irwin 6
Lee Trevino 6
Phil Mickelson 6

Most Four-Ball Points Won
Lanny Wadkins
Billy Casper
Arnold Palmer 7
Gene Littler 7
Lee Trevino 7
Phil Mickelson 7
Raymond Floyd
Jack Nicklaus
Best Point Percentage (Minimum of 3 Ryder Cup Matches)
Jimmy Demaret (6-0-0) 100%
Jack Burke (7-1-0), Horton Smith (3-0-1) 86%
Walter Hagen (7-1-1) 83%
J.C. Snead (9-2-0) 80%
Sam Snead (10-2-1) 79%

Most Foursome Matches
Lanny Wadkins 15
Billy Casper 15
Tiger Woods 13
Phil Mickelson 13
Tom Kite 13
Jim Furyk 12
Arnold Palmer 12
Raymond Floyd 12
Lee Trevino 10
Payne Stewart 10
Most Singles Matches
Arnold Palmer 11
Jack Nicklaus 10
Lee Trevino 10
Gene Littler 10
Billy Casper 10
Phil Mickelson 9
Jim Furyk 8
Lanny Wadkins 8
Raymond Floyd 8
Tom Kite, Sam Snead, Tiger Woods 7

Most Four-Ball Matches
Phil Mickelson 16
Tiger Woods 13
Billy Casper 12
Lanny Wadkins 11
Raymond Floyd 11
Davis Love III 11
Jim Furyk 10
Lee Trevino 10
Fred Couples 9
Arnold Palmer 9
Jack Nicklaus 9
Gene Littler 9
Most Matches Won
Arnold Palmer 22
Lanny Wadkins 20
Billy Casper 20
Lee Trevino 17
Jack Nicklaus 17
Tom Kite 15
Phil Mickelson 14
Gene Littler 14
Tiger Woods 13
Hale Irwin 13
Raymond Floyd 12
Sam Snead 10
Tom Watson 10

Most Singles Matches Won
Arnold Palmer 6
Billy Casper 6
Sam Snead 6
Lee Trevino 6
Tom Kite 5
Gene Littler 5
Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson 4
Gene Sarazen, Lanny Wadkins 4
Most Foursome Matches Won
Lanny Wadkins 9
Arnold Palmer 9
Billy Casper 8
Jack Nicklaus 8
Tom Kite 7
Hale Irwin 6

Most Four-Ball Matches Won
Lanny Wadkins 7
Arnold Palmer 7
Phil Mickelson 6
Billy Casper 6
Lee Trevino 6
Tiger Woods 5
Jack Nicklaus 5
Gene Littler 5
Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Hale Irwin 4
J.C. Snead, Raymond Floyd, Tom Watson 5
Most Matches Lost
Tiger Woods 17
Phil Mickelson 16
Raymond Floyd 16
Davis Love III, Curtis Strange 12
Lanny Wadkins 11
Billy Casper 10
Fred Couples, Jim Furyk 9
Tom Kite, Mark O’Meara 9
Payne Stewart 9
Paul Azinger, Ben Crenshaw 8
Jack Nicklaus 8
Arnold Palmer, Fuzzy Zoeller 8

Most Singles Matches Lost
Raymond Floyd 4
Jack Nicklaus 4
Mark O’Meara 4
Most Foursome Matches Lost
Raymond Floyd 8
Lanny Wadkins 6
Fred Couples 6
Tom Kite 5
Billy Casper 5
Payne Stewart 5

Most Four-Ball Matches Lost
Tiger Woods 8
Jim Furyk 7
Davis Love III 6
Paul Azinger 5
Curtis Strange 5
Mark Calcavecchia, Ben Crenshaw 4
Tom Kite, Raymond Floyd 4
Fuzzy Zoeller 4
Lanny Wadkins, Jack Nicklaus 3
Billy Casper, Hale Irwin, Fred Couples 3
Most Matches Halved
Gene Littler 8
Billy Casper 7
Lee Trevino, Justin Leonard 6
Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Julius Boros, Tom Kite, Hal Sutton 4

Most Singles Matches Halved
Gene Littler 3
Tom Kite 2
Fred Couples 2
Arnold Palmer 2
Jack Nicklaus 2
Lanny Wadkins 2
Hale Irwin 2
Tiger Woods 2
Lee Trevino 2
Billy Casper 2
Justin Leonard, Paul Azinger 2
Most Foursome Matches Halved
Phil Mickelson 4
Billy Casper, David Toms 2
Gene Sarazen, Chad Campbell 2
Lee Trevino, Justin Leonard 2
Julius Boros 2

Most Four-Ball Matches Halved
Gene Littler 4
Raymond Floyd 3
Billy Casper 3
Stewart Cink 3
Fred Couples 2
Lee Trevino 2
Al Geiberger 2
Miller Barber 2
Johnny Miller 2
Craig Stadler 2
J.J. Henry 2
Justin Leonard 2
Phil Mickelson 2

Source: http://www.rydercup.com/usa/history/2014-ryder-cup-team-records

European Ryder Cup World Records

Most Matches Played
Nick Faldo 46
Bernhard Langer 42
Neil Coles 40
Seve Ballesteros 37
Christy O’Connor Sr., Colin Montgomerie 36
Tony Jacklin 35
Bernard Gallacher 31
Ian Woosnam 31
José Maria Olazábal 31
Most Points Won
Nick Faldo 25
Bernhard Langer 24
Colin Montgomerie 23½
Seve Ballesteros 22½
Lee Westwood 21
José Maria Olazábal 20½
Sergio Garcia 18
Tony Jacklin 17
Ian Woosnam 16½
Bernard Gallacher 15½
Peter Oosterhuis 15½
Neil Coles 15½

Most Singles Points Won
Neil Coles, Colin Montgomerie 7
Nick Faldo
Peter Oosterhuis
Peter Alliss
Bernard Gallacher 6
Bernhard Langer
Bernard Hunt
Most Foursome Points Won
Bernhard Langer 11½
Nick Faldo 11
Seve Ballesteros 10½
Tony Jacklin 10
Colin Montgomerie
Sergio Garcia
Lee Westwood
José Olazábal
Christy O’Connor
Brian Huggett 6

Most Four-Ball Points Won
Ian Woosnam, José Olazábal 10½
Lee Westwood 9
Seve Ballesteros 9
Nick Faldo, Sergio Garcia
Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie 7
Darren Clarke
Peter Oosterhuis
Mark James 5
Best Point Percentage (Minimum of 3 Ryder Cup Matches)
José Maria Olazábal (18-8-3) 67%
Sergio Garcia (16-8-4) 64%
Colin Montgomerie (17-8-7) 66%
Abe Mitchell (4-2-0) 65%
Seve Ballesteros (20-12-5) 59%
Percy Alliss (3-2-1) 58%

Most Foursome Matches
Nick Faldo 18
Bernhard Langer 18
Lee Westwood 15
Seve Ballesteros 14
Colin Montgomerie 14
Christy O’Connor Sr. 13
Tony Jacklin 13
Neil Coles 13
Peter Alliss 11
Most Singles Matches
Neil Coles 15
Christy O’Connor Sr. 14
Peter Alliss 12
Nick Faldo 11
Tony Jacklin 11
Bernard Gallacher 11
Brian Barnes 10
Bernard Hunt 10
Bernhard Langer 10
Dai Rees 10

Most Four-Ball Matches
Nick Faldo 17
Seve Ballesteros 15
Bernhard Langer 14
Ian Woosnam 14
Lee Westwood 14
Colin Montgomerie 14
José Maria Olazábal 14
Neil Coles 12
Sergio Garcia 11
Tony Jacklin 11
Sam Torrance 10
Most Matches Won
Nick Faldo 23
Bernhard Langer 21
Seve Ballesteros 20
Colin Montgomerie 20
José Maria Olazábal 18
Lee Westwood 18
Sergio Garcia 16
Ian Woosnam 14
Peter Oosterhuis 14
Tony Jacklin 13
Bernard Gallacher 13
Neil Coles 12

Source: http://www.rydercup.com/europe/history/2014-ryder-cup-team-records

Past Ryder Cup Captains

Ryder Cup Captains Between 1927-2012
Year GB&I/Europe United States
1927 Ted Ray Walter Hagen
1929 George Duncan Walter Hagen
1931 Charles Whitcombe Walter Hagen
1933 J.H. Taylor* Walter Hagen
1935 Charles Whitcombe Walter Hagen
1937 Charles Whitcombe Walter Hagen*
1939# Walter Hagen
(Vic Ghezzi)
1941# Walter Hagen
1947 Sir Henry Cotton Ben Hogan
(Walter Hagen)
1949 Charles Whitcombe* Ben Hogan*
(Ed Dudley)
1951 Arthur Lacey* Sam Snead
1953 Henry Cotton* Lloyd Mangrum
1955 Dai Rees Chick Harbert
(Lloyd Mangrum)
1957 Dai Rees Jack Burke Jr
1959 Dai Rees Sam Snead
1961 Dai Rees Jerry Barber
1963 John Fallon* Arnold Palmer
1965 Harry Weetman* Byron Nelson*
1967 Dai Rees* Ben Hogan*
1969 Eric Brown* Sam Snead*
1971 Eric Brown* Jay Herbert*
1973 Bernard Hunt* Jack Burke Jr*
1975 Bernard Hunt* Arnold Palmer
1977 Brian Huggett* Dow Finsterwald*
1979 John Jacobs* Billy Casper*
1981 John Jacobs* Dave Marr*
1983 Tony Jacklin* Jack Nicklaus*
1985 Tony Jacklin* Lee Trevino*
1987 Tony Jacklin* Jack Nicklaus*
1989 Tony Jacklin* Raymond Floyd*
1991 Bernard Gallacher* Dave Stockton*
1993 Bernard Gallacher* Tom Watson*
1995 Bernard Gallacher* Lanny Wadkins*
1997 Seve Ballesteros* Tom Kite*
1999 Mark James* Ben Crenshaw*
2002 Sam Torrance* Curtis Strange*
2004 Bernard Langer* Hal Sutton*
2006 Ian Woosnam* Tom Lehman*
2008 Nick Faldo* Paul Azinger*
2010 Colin Montgomerie* Corey Pavin*
2012 José Maria Olazábal* Davis Love III*
*Non-playing Captain
#USA teams selected but no matches played. GB&I named eight players only for the 1939 proposed match.
(names in parentheses indicate Honorary Captains)

Source: http://www.rydercup.com/europe/history/2014-ryder-cup-team-records

American Ryder Cup Players

Tommy Aaron  1969, 1973

Skip Alexander  1949, 1951

Paul Azinger  1989, 1991, 1993, 2002

Jerry Barber  1955, 1961

Miller Barber  1969, 1971

Herman Barron  1947

Andy Bean  1979, 1987

Frank Beard  1969, 1971

Chip Beck  1989, 1991, 1993

Homero Blancas  1973

Tommy Bolt  1955, 1957

Julius Boros  1959, 1963, 1965, 1967

Keegan Bradley  2012

Gay Brewer  1967, 1973

Billy Burke  1931, 1933

Jack Burke, Jr.  1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959^

Walter Burkemo  1953

Mark Calcavecchia  1987, 1989, 1991, 2002

Chad Campbell  2004, 2006, 2008

Billy Casper  1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975

Stewart Cink  2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Bill Collins  1961

Charles Coody  1971

John Cook  1993

Fred Couples  1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997

Wiffy Cox  1931

Ben Crenshaw  1981, 1983, 1987, 1995

Ben Curtis  2008

Jimmy Demaret  1947, 1949, 1951

Gardner Dickinson  1967, 1971

Leo Diegel  1927, 1929, 1931, 1933

Chris DiMarco  2004, 2006

Dave Douglas  1953

Dale Douglass  1969

Ed Dudley  1929, 1933, 1937

Jason Dufner  2012

Olin Dutra  1933, 1935

David Duval  1999, 2002

Lee Elder  1979

Al Espinosa  1927^, 1929, 1931

Johnny Farrell  1927, 1929, 1931

Brad Faxon  1995, 1997

Dow Finsterwald  1957, 1959, 1961, 1963

Raymond Floyd  1969, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993

Doug Ford  1955, 1957, 1959, 1961

Rickie Fowler  2010

Fred Funk  2004

Ed Furgol  1957

Marty Furgol  1955

Jim Furyk  1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

Jim Gallagher, Jr.  1993

Al Geiberger  1967, 1975

Bob Gilder  1983

Bob Goalby  1963

Johnny Golden  1927, 1929

Lou Graham  1973, 1975, 1977

Hubert Green  1977, 1979, 1985

Ken Green  1989

Ralph Guldahl  1937

Jay Haas  1983, 1995, 2004

Fred Haas  1953

Walter Hagen  1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935

Bob Hamilton  1949

Chick Harbert  1949, 1955

Chandler Harper  1955

E.J. “Dutch” Harrison  1947, 1949, 1951^

Fred Hawkins  1957

Mark Hayes  1979

Clayton Heafner  1949, 1951

Jay Hebert  1959, 1961

Lionel Hebert  1957

J. J. Henry  2006

Dave Hill  1969, 1973, 1977

Scott Hoch  1997, 2002

Ben Hogan  1947, 1951

J. B. Holmes  2008

Hale Irwin  1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1991

Tommy Jacobs  1965

Peter Jacobsen  1985, 1995

Don January  1965, 1977

Lee Janzen  1993, 1997

Dustin Johnson  2010, 2012

Zach Johnson  2006, 2010, 2012

Herman Keiser  1947

Anthony Kim  2008

Tom Kite  1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993

Ted Kroll  1953, 1955, 1957

Matt Kuchar  2010, 2012

Ky Laffoon  1935

Tom Lehman  1995, 1997, 1999

Tony Lema  1963, 1965

Justin Leonard  1997, 1999, 2008

Wayne Levi  1991

Bruce Lietzke  1981

Gene Littler  1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1975

Davis Love III  1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004

Jeff Maggert  1995, 1997, 1999

John Mahaffey  1979

Hunter Mahan  2008, 2010

Tony Manero  1937

Lloyd Mangrum  1947, 1949, 1951, 1953

Dave Marr  1965

Billy Maxwell  1963

Dick Mayer  1957

Mark McCumber  1989

Jerry McGee  1977

Bill Mehlhorn  1927

Phil Mickelson  1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

Cary Middlecoff  1953, 1955, 1959

Johnny Miller  1975, 1981

Larry Mize  1987

Gil Morgan  1979, 1983

Bob Murphy  1975

Byron Nelson  1937, 1947

Larry Nelson  1979, 1981, 1987

Bobby Nichols  1967

Jack Nicklaus  1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981

Andy North  1985

Mark O’Meara  1985, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1999

Ed Oliver  1947, 1951, 1953

Jeff Overton  2010

Arnold Palmer  1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973

Johnny Palmer  1949

Sam Parks, Jr.  1935

Jerry Pate  1981

Steve Pate  1991, 1999

Corey Pavin  1991, 1993, 1995

Calvin Peete  1983, 1985

Kenny Perry  2004, 2008

Henry Picard  1935, 1937

Dan Pohl  1987

Johnny Pott  1963, 1965^, 1967

Dave Ragan  1963

Henry Ransom  1951

Johnny Revolta  1935, 1937

Chris Riley  2004

Loren Roberts  1995

Chi Chi Rodriguez  1973

Bill Rogers  1981

Bob Rosburg  1959

Mason Rudolph  1971

Paul Runyan  1933, 1935

Doug Sanders  1967

Gene Sarazen  1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937

Denny Shute  1931, 1933, 1937

Dan Sikes  1969

Scott Simpson  1987

Webb Simpson  2012

Horton Smith  1929, 1931^, 1933, 1935, 1937^

J. C. Snead  1971, 1973, 1975

Sam Snead  1937, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1959

Brandt Snedeker  2012

Ed Sneed  1977

Mike Souchak  1959, 1961

Craig Stadler  1983, 1985

Payne Stewart  1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1999

Ken Still  1969

Dave Stockton  1971, 1977

Curtis Strange  1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995

Steve Stricker  2008, 2010, 2012

Hal Sutton  1985, 1987, 1999, 2002

Vaughn Taylor  2006

David Toms  2002, 2004, 2006

Lee Trevino  1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1981

Jim Turnesa  1953

Joe Turnesa  1927, 1929

Ken Venturi  1965

Scott Verplank  2002, 2006

Lanny Wadkins  1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993

Art Wall  1957, 1959, 1961

Al Watrous  1927, 1929

Bubba Watson  2010, 2012

Tom Watson  1977, 1979+, 1981, 1983, 1989

Boo Weekley  2008

Tom Weiskopf  1973, 1975

Brett Wetterich  2006

Craig Wood  1931, 1933, 1935

Tiger Woods  1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012

Lew Worsham  1947

Fuzzy Zoeller  1979, 1983, 1985

^ In the final team but did not play in any matches.

+ Selected or qualified for the team but withdrew and was replaced.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryder_Cup

European Ryder Cup Players

Scotland  Jimmy Adams  1947, 1949, 1951, 1953

England  Percy Alliss  1929^, 1933, 1935, 1937

England  Peter Alliss  1953, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969

Scotland  Laurie Ayton  1949^

England  Peter Baker  1993

Spain  Seve Ballesteros  1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995

Scotland  Harry Bannerman  1971

Scotland  Brian Barnes  1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979

England  Maurice Bembridge  1969, 1971, 1973, 1975

Denmark  Thomas Bjørn  1997, 2002

England  Aubrey Boomer  1927, 1929

England  Ken Bousfield  1949, 1951, 1955^, 1957, 1959, 1961

Republic of Ireland  Hugh Boyle  1967

Republic of Ireland  Harry Bradshaw  1953, 1955, 1957

Scotland  Gordon Brand, Jnr  1987, 1989

England  Gordon J. Brand  1983

England  Paul Broadhurst  1991

Scotland  Eric Brown  1953, 1955, 1957, 1959

Scotland  Ken Brown  1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987

Scotland  Stewart Burns  1929^

England  Dick Burton  1935, 1937, 1949

England  Jack Busson  1935

England  Peter Butler  1965, 1969, 1971, 1973

Spain  José Maria Cañizares  1981, 1983, 1985, 1989

England  Paul Casey  2004, 2006, 2008

England  Alex Caygill  1969

England  Clive Clark  1973

England  Howard Clark  1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995

Northern Ireland  Darren Clarke  1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006

England  Neil Coles  1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1977

Belgium  Nicolas Colsaerts  2012

Scotland  Andrew Coltart  1999

England  Archie Compston  1927, 1929, 1931

England  Henry Cotton  1929, 1937, 1947

England  Bill Cox  1935, 1937

England  Allan Dailey  1933^

Northern Ireland  Fred Daly  1947, 1949, 1951, 1953

Republic of Ireland  Eamonn Darcy  1975, 1977, 1981, 1987

England  William Davies  1931, 1933

England  Peter Dawson  1977

England  Luke Donald  2004, 2006, 2010, 2012

Northern Ireland  Norman Drew  1959

Scotland  George Duncan  1927, 1929, 1931

England  Syd Easterbrook  1931, 1933

England  Nick Faldo  1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997

Scotland  John Fallon  1955

Sweden  Niclas Fasth  2002

England  Max Faulkner  1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1957

Northern Ireland  David Feherty  1991

England  Ross Fisher  2010

Sweden  Pierre Fulke  2002

England  George Gadd  1927^

Scotland  Bernard Gallacher  1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983

Spain  Sergio García  1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012

England  John Garner  1971, 1973^

Spain  Antonio Garrido  1979

Spain  Ignacio Garrido  1997

England  David Gilford  1991, 1995

England  Eric Green  1947^

England  Malcolm Gregson  1967

Sweden  Joakim Haeggman  1993

Scotland  Tom Haliburton  1961, 1963

Denmark  Søren Hansen  2008

Sweden  Peter Hanson  2010, 2012

England  Jack Hargreaves  1951^

Republic of Ireland  Pádraig Harrington  1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

England  Arthur Havers  1927, 1931, 1933

England  Jimmy Hitchcock  1965

Wales  Bert Hodson  1931

England  Reg Horne  1947^

Jersey  Tommy Horton  1975, 1977

England  David Howell  2004, 2006

Wales  Brian Huggett  1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975

England  Bernard Hunt  1953, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969

England  Geoffrey Hunt  1963

England  Guy Hunt  1975

England  Tony Jacklin  1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979

England  John Jacobs  1955

England  Mark James  1977, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995

England  Edward Jarman  1935

Spain  Miguel Ángel Jiménez  1999, 2004, 2008, 2010

Sweden  Per-Ulrik Johansson  1995, 1997

Guernsey  Herbert Jolly  1927, 1931+

Sweden  Robert Karlsson  2006, 2008

Germany  Martin Kaymer  2010, 2012

England  Michael King  1979

England  Sam King  1937, 1947, 1949

England  Arthur Lacey  1933, 1937

England  Barry Lane  1993

Germany  Bernhard Langer  1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002

Scotland  Paul Lawrie  1999, 2012

England  Arthur Lees  1947, 1949, 1951, 1955

France  Thomas Levet  2004

Scotland  Sandy Lyle  1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987

Spain  Miguel Ángel Martín  1997+

Republic of Ireland  Jimmy Martin  1965

Northern Ireland  Graeme McDowell  2008, 2010, 2012

Republic of Ireland  Paul McGinley  2002, 2004, 2006

Northern Ireland  Rory McIlroy  2010, 2012

England  Peter Mills  1957, 1959^

England  Abe Mitchell  1927+, 1929, 1931, 1933

England  Ralph Moffitt  1961

Italy  Edoardo Molinari  2010

Italy  Francesco Molinari  2010, 2012

Scotland  Colin Montgomerie  1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006

Republic of Ireland  Christy O’Connor Jnr  1975, 1989

Republic of Ireland  Christy O’Connor Snr  1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973

Republic of Ireland  John O’Leary  1975

Spain  José María Olazábal  1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995+, 1997, 1999, 2006

England  Peter Oosterhuis  1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981

England  Alf Padgham  1933, 1935, 1937

Scotland  John Panton  1951, 1953, 1961

Sweden  Jesper Parnevik  1997, 1999, 2002

England  Alf Perry  1933, 1935, 1937

Spain  Manuel Piñero  1981, 1985

England  Lionel Platts  1965

Northern Ireland  Eddie Polland  1973

England  Ian Poulter  2004, 2008, 2010, 2012

Wales  Phillip Price  2002

Northern Ireland  Ronan Rafferty  1989

Jersey  Ted Ray  1927

Wales  Dai Rees  1937, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961

England  Steven Richardson  1991

Spain  José Rivero  1985, 1987

England  Fred Robson  1927, 1929, 1931

Italy  Costantino Rocca  1993, 1995, 1997

England  Justin Rose  2008, 2012

Sweden  Jarmo Sandelin  1999

England  Syd Scott  1955

Sweden  Henrik Stenson  2006, 2008

Republic of Ireland  Des Smyth  1979, 1981

Wales  Dave Thomas  1959, 1963, 1965, 1967

Scotland  Sam Torrance  1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995

England  Peter Townsend  1969, 1971

France  Jean van de Velde  1999

England  Brian Waites  1983

Republic of Ireland  Philip Walton  1995

England  Charlie Ward  1947, 1949, 1951

England  Paul Way  1983, 1985

England  Harry Weetman  1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963

England  Lee Westwood  1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

England  Charles Whitcombe  1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937

England  Ernest Whitcombe  1929, 1931, 1935

England  Reg Whitcombe  1935

Scotland  George Will  1963, 1965, 1967

England  Oliver Wilson  2008

Scotland  Norman Wood  1975

Wales  Ian Woosnam  1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997

^ In the final team but did not play in any matches.

+ Selected or qualified for the team but withdrew and was replaced.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryder_Cup

 

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