1977 Ryder Cup

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22nd Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   15–17 September 1977
Venue   Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Location   Lytham St Annes, England
Captains   Brian Huggett (GB&I)
Dow Finsterwald (USA)
United Kingdom

Republic of Ireland
  7½    12½   United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup

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

The 22nd Ryder Cup Matches were held at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. The United States team won the competition by a score of 12½ to 7½ points. The event was the last time that a Great Britain and Ireland team would compete for the Ryder Cup. During the competition, officials from the PGA of America and the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland discussed the possibility of allowing players from continental Europe to participate in the Cup, and Jack Nicklaus also advocated this change in a meeting with Lord Derby.[1] The Deed of Trust that was struck with the PGA of Great Britain and Samuel Ryder was amended in time for the 1979 matches, and changed the popularity and competitive balance of the Ryder Cup.

Format[edit]

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was reduced in scope from the formats used from 1963 through 1975, with only 20 matches played instead of 32. The schedule of play was as follows:

  • Day 1 — 5 foursome (alternate shot) matches
  • Day 2 — 5 four-ball (better ball) matches
  • Day 3 — 10 singles matches

With a total of 20 points, 10½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.

Teams[edit]

Thursday's foursome matches[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Gallacher/Barnes United States 3 & 1 Wadkins/Irwin
Coles/Dawson United States 1 up Stockton/McGee
Faldo/Oosterhuis United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Floyd/Graham
Darcy/Jacklin halved Sneed/January
Horton/James United States 5 & 4 Nicklaus/Watson
Session
Overall

Friday's four-ball matches[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Barnes/Horton United States 5 & 4 Watson/Green
Coles/Dawson United States 5 & 3 Sneed/Wadkins
Faldo/Oosterhuis United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 & 1 Nicklaus/Floyd
Jacklin/Darcy United States 5 & 3 Hill/Stockton
James/Brown United States 1 up Irwin/Graham
1 Session 4
Overall

Saturday's singles matches[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Howard Clark United States 4 & 3 Lanny Wadkins
Neil Coles United States 5 & 3 Lou Graham
Peter Dawson United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 5 & 4 Don January
Brian Barnes United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Hale Irwin
Tommy Horton United States 5 & 4 Dave Hill
Bernard Gallacher United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Jack Nicklaus
Eamonn Darcy United States 1 up Hubert Green
Mark James United States 2 & 1 Raymond Floyd
Nick Faldo United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 1 up Tom Watson
Peter Oosterhuis United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 up Jerry McGee
5 Session 5
Overall 12½

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryder Cup 2006 » History » 1977 Results". The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Limited, and Turner Sports Interactive. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 

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