Ryder Cup Timeline

By Chris LewisSeptember 9, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ryder CupFrom the early dominance of America over Great Britain to the struggles the American teams have recently had against Europe, the Ryder Cup has been one of the greatest events in golf for the past 80 years. Heres a look at some of the most significant moments in Ryder Cup history:

1927: The first Ryder Cup occurs at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts as Walter Hagen captains the American team to a dominating 9 to 2 victory over Ted Rays Great Britain team.
1933: Great Britain wins its second Ryder Cup by the narrow margin of 6 to 5 . J. H. Taylor is able to hoist the Cup during his first and only appearance as Great Britains captain.
1947: Upon the completion of World War II, the Ryder Cup is held for the first time in a decade as the U.S. dominates Great Britain, 11-1, during one of the most lopsided victories in Cup history.
1957: Great Britain captures its third Ryder Cup by defeating the United States, 7 to 4 , in Yorkshire, England.
1963: With Arnold Palmer as playing-captain, the United States has its most dominating performance, with a 23-9 victory over Great Britain at Atlanta Athletic Club.
1969: In one of the most memorable moments of sportsmanship, Jack Nicklaus concedes a 2-footer to Tony Jacklin on the 18th green of the final singles match. The match is halved and both teams tied for the first time in Ryder Cup history. After conceding the putt, Nicklaus says, I dont think you would have missed that putt, but in these circumstances, I would never give you the opportunity.
1973: Ireland joins Great Britain for the first time in the competition. The result is not any different, though, as the United States defeats Great Britain & Ireland, 19 to 13.
1979: For the first time, golfers from continental Europe, such as Spains Seve Ballesteros, compete in the Ryder Cup. The United States defeats Team Europe 17 to 11.
1985: After years of disappointment, Europe defeats the United States, 16 to 11 , at The Belfry in Warwickshire, England. This begins a turnaround for Europe over the next two decades.
1987: For the first time, the European team won on American soil, defeating the Yanks, 15 to 13, at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The loss was especially deflating to U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus, who hosts his Memorial Tournament on this course.
1989: The competition finishes in a tie as Europe retains the Cup for the third consecutive competition to end the decade in dominance.
1991: During the highly publicized War on the Shore matches on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, tensions between each team are at an all-time high. Germanys Bernard Langer has a chance to retain the Cup for Europe on the 18th green during the final singles match but misses his 6-foot putt. The United States wins the competition, 14 to 13 , to capture the Cup for the first time since 1983.
1995: Europe retains the Cup with a 14 to 13 victory over the United States as Nick Faldo defeats Curtis Strange on the final hole during one of the last singles matches. Strange, a controversial captains pick, is the leader for most of the match, but loses the final two holes.
1999: In the largest come-from-behind victory in Ryder Cup history, the United States defeats Europe, 14 to 13 . Before Sundays singles, Europe held a 10-6 lead over the United States. However, the U.S. team wins the first seven matches of the day. The United States captures the Cup as Justin Leonard holes a 45-foot putt to halve his match against Jose Maria Olazabal on the 17th hole. Following Leonards unbelievable putt, many members of the United States run out on the green to celebrate before Olazabal putts in attempt to tie Leonard to carry the match to the 18th hole. The premature celebration is highly criticized.
2002: After the cancellation of the 2001 Ryder Cup due to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Europe defeats the United States, 15 to 12 , at The Belfry.
2006: For the second consecutive time, Europe defeats United States in dominating fashion, 18 to 9 , at The K Club in Ireland. The event is very emotional for Irishman Darren Clarke as he wins all three of his matches, just months after losing his wife to cancer.
2008: This year the Ryder Cup will be held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., as Paul Azinger will captain the United States and Nick Faldo will captain Europe. The U.S. is searching for its first victory since 1999.
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.