1961 Ryder Cup

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14th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   13–14 October 1961
Venue   Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Location   Lytham St Annes, England
Captains   Dai Rees (Great Britain)
Jerry Barber (USA)
United Kingdom   9½    14½   United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup

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Royal Lytham& St Annes is located in England
Royal Lytham& St Annes
Royal Lytham
& St Annes
Location in England

The 14th Ryder Cup Matches were held 13–14 October 1961 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. The United States team won the competition by a score of 14½ to 9½ points.[1][2] A new format was introduced and this was the last Ryder Cup scheduled for two days.

Arnold Palmer, age 32, competed in his first Ryder Cup. He recorded two wins in pairs and a win and a half in singles.[1]

Format[edit]

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The format used in 1961 changed for the first time from the format used from 1927 to 1959. Instead of 12 matches of 36 holes, 24 matches of 18 holes (maximum) were played. The schedule of play in 1961 was as follows:

  • Day 1 (Friday) — 8 foursomes (alternate shot) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
  • Day 2 (Saturday) — 16 singles matches, 8 each in morning and afternoon sessions

With a total of 24 points, 12½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.

Teams[edit]

Friday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
O'Connor/Alliss United Kingdom 4 & 3 Ford/Littler
Panton/Hunt United States 4 & 3 Wall/Hebert
Rees/Bousfield United States 2 & 1 Casper/Palmer
Haliburton/Coles United States 1 up Collins/Souchak
1 Session 3
1 Overall 3

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
O'Connor/Alliss United States 1 up Wall/Hebert
Panton/Hunt United States 5 & 4 Casper/Palmer
Rees/Bousfield United Kingdom 4 & 2 Collins/Souchak
Haliburton/Coles United States 1 up Barber/Finsterwald
1 Session 3
2 Overall 6

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning singles[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Harry Weetman United States 1 up Doug Ford
Ralph Moffitt United States 5 & 4 Mike Souchak
Peter Alliss halved Arnold Palmer
Ken Bousfield United States 5 & 3 Billy Casper
Dai Rees United Kingdom 2 & 1 Jay Hebert
Neil Coles halved Gene Littler
Bernard Hunt United Kingdom 5 & 4 Jerry Barber
Christy O'Connor United States 2 & 1 Dow Finsterwald
3 Session 5
5 Overall 11

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Harry Weetman United States 1 up Art Wall
Peter Alliss United Kingdom 3 & 2 Bill Collins
Bernard Hunt United States 2 & 1 Mike Souchak
Tom Haliburton United States 2 & 1 Arnold Palmer
Dai Rees United Kingdom 4 & 3 Doug Ford
Ken Bousfield United Kingdom 1 up Jerry Barber
Neil Coles United Kingdom 1 up Dow Finsterwald
Christy O'Connor halved Gene Littler
Session
Overall 14½

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Longhurst, Henry (October 23, 1961). "Ryder: A Cup we brought home". Sports Illustrated: 20. 
  2. ^ "U.S. defeats Britain in Ryder Cup golf play". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. October 15, 1961. p. 3-sec. 3. 

External links[edit]

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