1973 Ryder Cup

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20th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   20–22 September 1973
Venue   Muirfield
Location   East Lothian, Scotland
Captains   Bernard Hunt (GB&I)
Jack Burke, Jr. (USA)
United Kingdom

Republic of Ireland
  13    19   United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup

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Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland

The 20th Ryder Cup Matches were held at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. The United States team won the competition by a score of 19 to 13 points.[1] For the first time, what had previously been the "Great Britain" team was called "Great Britain and Ireland", although golfers from the Republic of Ireland had played since 1953, and from Northern Ireland since 1947.

Due to the rules of the PGA of America in place at the time, players with less than five years as a professional were not eligible for the U.S. team, which included reigning U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller and Lanny Wadkins.[2] (These rules also kept Jack Nicklaus on the sidelines until 1969.) Miller made his Ryder Cup debut in 1975 and Wadkins in 1977.

Muirfield hosted the Open Championship the previous year, won by American Lee Trevino.

Format[edit]

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was adjusted slightly in 1973 from the format used from 1963 through 1971:

  • Day 1 — 4 foursomes (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session
  • Day 2 — 4 foursome matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball matches in an afternoon session
  • 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]

Thursday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

[3] [4]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Barnes/Gallacher United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Trevino/Casper
O'Connor/Coles United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 & 2 Weiskopf/Snead
Jacklin/Oosterhuis halved Rodríguez/Graham
Bembridge/Polland United States 6 & 5 Nicklaus/Palmer
Session
Overall

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Barnes/Gallacher United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 5 & 4 Aaron/Brewer
Bembridge/Huggett United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 & 1 Nicklaus/Palmer
Jacklin/Oosterhuis United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 & 1 Weiskopf/Casper
Coles/O'Connor United States 2 & 1 Trevino/Blancas
3 Session 1
Overall

Friday's matches[edit]

[5]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Barnes/Butler United States 1 up Nicklaus/Weiskopf
Oosterhuis/Jacklin United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 up Palmer/Hill
Bembridge/Huggett United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 5 & 4 Rodríguez/Graham
Coles/O'Connor United States 2 & 1 Trevino/Casper
2 Session 2
Overall

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Barnes/Butler United States 2 up Snead/Palmer
Jacklin/Oosterhuis United States 3 & 2 Brewer/Casper
Clark/Polland United States 3 & 2 Nicklaus/Weiskopf
Bembridge/Huggett halved Trevino/Blancas
½ Session
8 Overall 8

Saturday's matches[edit]

[6]

Morning singles[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Brian Barnes United States 2 & 1 Billy Casper
Bernard Gallacher United States 3 & 1 Tom Weiskopf
Peter Butler United States 5 & 4 Homero Blancas
Tony Jacklin United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 & 1 Tommy Aaron
Neil Coles halved Gay Brewer
Christy O'Connor United States 1 up J. C. Snead
Maurice Bembridge halved Jack Nicklaus
Peter Oosterhuis halved Lee Trevino
Session
10½ Overall 13½

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Brian Huggett United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 4 & 2 Homero Blancas
Brian Barnes United States 3 & 1 J. C. Snead
Bernard Gallacher United States 6 & 5 Gay Brewer
Tony Jacklin United States 2 & 1 Billy Casper
Neil Coles United States 6 & 5 Lee Trevino
Christy O'Connor halved Tom Weiskopf
Maurice Bembridge United States 2 up Jack Nicklaus
Peter Oosterhuis United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 4 & 2 Arnold Palmer
Session
13 Overall 19

Individual player records[edit]

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.

Source: [7]

Great Britain and Ireland[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Brian Barnes 2 2–4–0 0–2–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Maurice Bembridge 3 2–2–2 0–1–1 1–1–0 1–0–1
Peter Butler 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Clive Clark 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Neil Coles 1.5 1–3–1 0–1–1 1–1–0 0–1–0
Bernard Gallacher 2 2–2–0 0–2–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Brian Huggett 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
Tony Jacklin 3.5 3–2–1 1–1–0 1–0–1 1–1–0
Christy O'Connor 1.5 1–3–1 0–1–1 1–1–0 0–1–0
Peter Oosterhuis 4 3–1–2 1–0–1 1–0–1 1–1–0
Eddie Polland 0 0–2–0 0–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0

John Garner did not play in any matches.

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Tommy Aaron 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Homero Blancas 2.5 2–1–1 1–1–0 0–0–0 1–0–1
Gay Brewer 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–1 0–0–0 1–1–0
Billy Casper 4 4–2–0 2–0–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Lou Graham 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–0 0–1–1 0–0–0
Dave Hill 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Jack Nicklaus 4.5 4–1–1 1–0–1 2–0–0 1–1–0
Arnold Palmer 2 2–3–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Chi-Chi Rodríguez 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–0 0–1–1 0–0–0
J. C. Snead 3 3–1–0 2–0–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Lee Trevino 4 3–1–2 1–0–1 1–1–0 1–0–1
Tom Weiskopf 3.5 3–2–1 1–0–1 1–1–0 1–1–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. prevails in Ryder Cup". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 23 September 1973. p. 5D. 
  2. ^ Green, Bob (22 June 1973). "Johnny Miller ineligible for Ryder Cup team". Lewiston Evening Journal (Lewiston, Maine). Associated Press. p. 18. 
  3. ^ "Ryder cup captains choose predictable partnerships". Glasgow Herald. 20 September 1973. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Scottish pair show the way to British lead". Glasgow Herald. 21 September 1973. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "Americans now hold the balance of power". Glasgow Herald. 21 September 1973. p. 2. 
  6. ^ "US victory confirms hopeless imbalance of Ryder cup". Glasgow Herald. 24 September 1973. p. 5. 
  7. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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