1965 Ryder Cup

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16th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   7–9 October 1965
Venue   Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Location   Southport, England
Captains   Harry Weetman (Great Britain)
Byron Nelson (USA)
United Kingdom   12½    19½   United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup

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1967»

Royal Birkdale Golf Club is located in England
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Location in England

The 16th Ryder Cup Matches were held 7–9 October 1965 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. For the first time commercialisation started to make a presence on site.[citation needed] The United States team won the competition by a score of 19½ to 12½ points.[1][2]

Despite having won his fourth major title as a professional at The Masters in April, 25-year-old Jack Nicklaus was not a member of the U.S. team. Eligibility rules set by the PGA prevented him from participating in the Ryder Cup until 1969.[3][4] He competed as a player through 1981, missing only the 1979 edition, and was the non-playing captain of the U.S. team in 1983 and 1987.

Format[edit]

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1963 through 1971 the competition format was as follows:

  • Day 1 — 8 foursomes (alternate shot) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
  • Day 2 — 8 four-ball (better ball) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
  • Day 3 — 16 singles matches, 8 each in morning and afternoon sessions

With a total of 32 points, 16½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.

Teams[edit]

^ Pott did not play due to a back injury.[5]

Thursday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Platts/Butler United States 1 up Boros/Lema
Thomas/Will United Kingdom 6 & 5 Palmer/Marr
Hunt/Coles United States 2 & 1 Casper/Littler
Alliss/O'Connor United Kingdom 5 & 4 Venturi/January
2 Session 2
2 Overall 2

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Thomas/Will United States 6 & 5 Palmer/Marr
Alliss/O'Connor United Kingdom 2 & 1 Casper/Littler
Martin/Hitchcock United States 5 & 4 Boros/Lema
Hunt/Coles United Kingdom 3 & 2 Venturi/January
2 Session 2
4 Overall 4

Friday's matches[edit]

Morning four-ball[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Thomas/Will United States 1 up January/Jacobs
Platts/Butler halved Casper/Littler
Alliss/O'Connor United States 6 & 4 Palmer/Marr
Hunt/Coles United Kingdom 1 up Boros/Lema
Session
Overall

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Alliss/O'Connor United Kingdom 2 up Palmer/Marr
Thomas/Will United States 1 up January/Jacobs
Platts/Butler halved Casper/Littler
Hunt/Coles United States 1 up Venturi/Lema
Session
7 Overall 9

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning singles[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Jimmy Hitchcock United States 3 & 2 Arnold Palmer
Lionel Platts United States 4 & 2 Julius Boros
Peter Butler United States 1 up Tony Lema
Neil Coles United States 2 up Dave Marr
Bernard Hunt United Kingdom 2 up Gene Littler
Dave Thomas United States 2 & 1 Tommy Jacobs
Peter Alliss United Kingdom 1 up Billy Casper
George Will halved Don January
Session
Overall 14½

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Christy O'Connor United States 6 & 4 Tony Lema
Jimmy Hitchcock United States 2 & 1 Julius Boros
Peter Butler United States 2 up Arnold Palmer
Peter Alliss United Kingdom 3 & 1 Ken Venturi
Neil Coles United Kingdom 3 & 2 Billy Casper
George Will United States 2 & 1 Gene Littler
Bernard Hunt United States 1 up Dave Marr
Lionel Platts United Kingdom 1 up Tommy Jacobs
3 Session 5
12½ Overall 19½

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States keeps Cup; Arnold Palmer paces win". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. October 10, 1965. p. 6B. 
  2. ^ Wright, Alfred (October 18, 1965). "Byron's boys beat the British Cup team". Sports Illustrated. p. 79. 
  3. ^ "Media Guide: 1965 Ryder Cup". PGA of America. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Media Guide: 1967 Ryder Cup". PGA of America. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cocky Ryder Cup Teams Tee Off". The Montreal Gazette (Montreal, Canada). 7 October 1965. p. 52. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 

External links[edit]

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