1937 Ryder Cup

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6th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates 29–30 June 1937
Venue Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club
Location Southport, England
Captains
United Kingdom 4 8 United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup
← 1935
1947 →
Southport is located in England
Southport
Southport
Location in England
Southport and  Ainsdale Golf Club is located in Merseyside
Southport and  Ainsdale Golf Club
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club
Location in Southport, Merseyside,
north of Liverpool, England

The 6th Ryder Cup Matches were held 29–30 June 1937 at the Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club in Southport, England. The United States team won the competition by a score of 8 to 4 points. It was the first time that the host team lost the competition and the second of seven consecutive wins for the U.S. side. The course had hosted the event four years earlier in 1933, Britain's last win until 1957.

Due to World War II, this was the final Ryder Cup for a full decade; the series resumed in 1947 in the U.S. at Portland, Oregon.

Format[edit]

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1927 through 1959, the format consisted of 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches on the first day and 8 singles matches on the second day, for a total of 12 points. Therefore, 6½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 36 holes.

Teams[edit]

Source: [1]

From the start of 1937, Henry Cotton became professional to the Ashridge Golf Club and hence became eligible for selection for the British team.[2] He had missed the 1931 edition because of a dispute and was not eligible in 1933 and 1935 because he was employed in Belgium. In April 1937, it was announced that, as in 1935, a selection committee of six would choose the Great Britain team for the 1937 Ryder Cup.[3] In July, the team of ten was selected (as below). Charles Whitcombe was again chosen as the captain.[4]

United Kingdom Team Great Britain
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
England Charles Whitcombe – captain 41 5 8 3–2–3 56.25
England Percy Alliss 40 3 4 2–1–1 62.50
England Dick Burton 29 1 1 0–1–0 0.00
England Henry Cotton 30 1 2 1–1–0 50.00
England Bill Cox 27 1 2 0–1–1 25.00
England Sam King 26 0 Rookie
England Arthur Lacey 33 1 1 0–1–0 0.00
England Alf Padgham 30 2 4 0–4–0 0.00
England Alf Perry 32 2 3 0–2–1 16.67
Wales Dai Rees 24 0 Rookie


United States Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Walter Hagen 44 Non-playing captain
Ed Dudley 36 2 2 1–1–0 50.00
Ralph Guldahl 25 0 Rookie
Tony Manero 32 0 Rookie
Byron Nelson 25 0 Rookie
Henry Picard 30 1 2 2–0–0 100.00
Johnny Revolta 26 1 2 2–0–0 100.00
Gene Sarazen 35 5 10 6–2–2 70.00
Denny Shute 32 2 4 2–2–0 50.00
Horton Smith 29 4 4 3–0–1 87.50
Sam Snead 25 0 Rookie

Tuesday's foursome matches[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Padgham/Cotton United States 4 & 2 Dudley/Nelson
Lacey/Cox United States 2 & 1 Guldahl/Manero
Whitcombe/Rees halved Sarazen/Shute
Alliss/Burton United Kingdom 2 & 1 Picard/Revolta
Session
Overall

18 hole scores: Padgham/Cotton v Dudley/Nelson: all square, Lacey/Cox: 1 up, Whitcombe/Rees v Sarazen/Shute: all square, Alliss/Burton: 3 up.[5]

Wednesday's singles matches[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Alf Padgham United States 8 & 7 Ralph Guldahl
Sam King halved Denny Shute
Dai Rees United Kingdom 3 & 1 Byron Nelson
Henry Cotton United Kingdom 5 & 3 Tony Manero
Percy Alliss United States 1 up Gene Sarazen
Dick Burton United States 5 & 4 Sam Snead
Alf Perry United States 2 & 1 Ed Dudley
Arthur Lacey United States 2 & 1 Henry Picard
Session
4 Overall 8

18 hole scores: Guldahl: 6 up, King v Shute: all square, Rees: 1 up, Cotton: 2 up, Alliss: 1 up, Snead: 2 up, Dudley: 1 up, Picard: 1 up.[6]

Individual player records[edit]

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

Source: [1]

Great Britain[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Percy Alliss 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Dick Burton 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Henry Cotton 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Bill Cox 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Sam King 0.5 0–0–1 0–0–1 0–0–0
Arthur Lacey 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Alf Padgham 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Alf Perry 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Dai Rees 1.5 1–0–1 1–0–0 0–0–1
Charles Whitcombe 0.5 0–0–1 0–0–0 0–0–1

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Ed Dudley 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Ralph Guldahl 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Tony Manero 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Byron Nelson 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Henry Picard 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Johnny Revolta 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Gene Sarazen 1.5 1–0–1 1–0–0 0–0–1
Denny Shute 1 0–0–2 0–0–1 0–0–1
Sam Snead 1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0

Horton Smith did not play in any matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "T.H. Cotton for Ashridge". The Times, Saturday, October 10, 1936; pg. 6; Issue 47502; col C.
  3. ^ "Ryder Cup Selection Committee". The Times, Wednesday, April 14, 1937; pg. 6; Issue 47658; col F.
  4. ^ "British Team Selected". The Times, Tuesday, June 08, 1937; pg. 8; Issue 47705; col D.
  5. ^ "The Ryder Cup - America Leads". The Times, Wednesday, June 30 1937; pg. 7; Issue 47724.
  6. ^ "Golf - US Win the Ryder Cup". The Times, Thursday, July 1 1937; pg. 6; Issue 47725.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°36′18″N 3°02′06″W / 53.605°N 3.035°W / 53.605; -3.035