1949 Ryder Cup

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8th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates16–17 September 1949
VenueGanton Golf Club
LocationScarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Captains
United Kingdom 5 7 United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup
← 1947
1951 →
Ganton Golf Club is located in England
Ganton Golf Club
Ganton
Golf Club
Location in England

The 8th Ryder Cup Matches were held 16–17 September 1949, at Ganton Golf Club in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. The United States team won the competition by a score of seven to five.[1]

Still recovering from his near-fatal automobile accident in February, Ben Hogan was the non-playing captain of the U.S. team. He returned as a competitor for a final time in 1951.

The U.S. team's decision to bring a half ton of meat to England made headlines.[2][3]

Hogan objected to the depth of the grooves on some British players' irons, and they were modified before being allowed into the competition.[4] Britain led three to one after the first day,[5] but the U.S. won six of eight matches in singles on Saturday to keep the Cup.[1]

The Ganton course measured 6,632 yards (6,064 m) for this Ryder Cup.[4]

Format[edit]

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1927 through 1959, the format consisted of four foursome (alternate shot) matches on the first day and eight 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: [6]

In April 1949 the British P.G.A. appointed a selection committee of five.[7] The committee consisted of four ex-Ryder Cup players: Dick Burton, Arthur Havers, Alf Padgham and Charles Whitcombe to which would be added the chairman of the P.G.A. to be elected in July. In mid-July a list of 20 possible players was announced, although other players could be added to this list. Charles Whitcombe was announced as the non-playing captain.[8] The list included Henry Cotton who later withdrew because he was returning to his golf school in Monte Carlo and would "have no opportunity to sharpen up his game."[9] The team was selected immediately after the News Chronicle Tournament, a tournament won by Dick Burton, one of the selectors, by 12 strokes.[10] The team was chosen from the 19 remaining possible players announced in July. [11]

United Kingdom Team Great Britain
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
England Charles Whitcombe 53 Non-playing captain
Scotland Jimmy Adams 38 1 2 0–2–0 0.00
Scotland Laurie Ayton, Jnr 35 0 Rookie
England Ken Bousfield 29 0 Rookie
England Dick Burton 41 2 3 1–2–0 33.33
Northern Ireland Fred Daly 37 1 2 0–2–0 0.00
England Max Faulkner 33 1 2 0–2–0 0.00
England Sam King 38 2 3 1–1–1 50.00
England Arthur Lees 41 1 2 0–2–0 0.00
Wales Dai Rees 36 2 4 1–2–1 37.50
England Charlie Ward 38 1 2 0–2–0 0.00


United States Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Ben Hogan 37 Non-playing captain
Skip Alexander 31 0 Rookie
Jimmy Demaret 39 1 2 2–0–0 100.00
Bob Hamilton 33 0 Rookie
Chick Harbert 34 0 Rookie
E. J. Harrison 39 1 1 1–0–0 100.00
Clayton Heafner 35 0 Rookie
Lloyd Mangrum 35 1 2 2–0–0 100.00
Johnny Palmer 31 0 Rookie
Sam Snead 37 2 3 3–0–0 100.00

Friday's foursome matches[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Faulkner/Adams United Kingdom 2 & 1 Harrison/Palmer
Daly/Bousfield United Kingdom 4 & 2 Hamilton/Alexander
Ward/King United States 4 & 3 Demaret/Heafner
Burton/Lees United Kingdom 1 up Snead/Mangrum
3 Session 1
3 Overall 1

18 hole scores: Faulkner/Adams: 3 up, Daly/Bousfield: 2 up, Demaret/Heafner: 1 up, Burton/Lees v Snead/Mangrum: all square.[12]

Saturday's singles matches[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Max Faulkner United States 8 & 7 E. J. Harrison
Jimmy Adams United Kingdom 2 & 1 Johnny Palmer
Charlie Ward United States 6 & 5 Sam Snead
Dai Rees United Kingdom 6 & 4 Bob Hamilton
Dick Burton United States 3 & 2 Clayton Heafner
Sam King United States 4 & 3 Chick Harbert
Arthur Lees United States 7 & 6 Jimmy Demaret
Fred Daly United States 4 & 3 Lloyd Mangrum
2 Session 6
5 Overall 7

18 hole scores: Harrison: 7 up, Adams: 1 up, Snead: 1 up, Rees: 4 up, Burton: 1 up, Harbert: 5 up, Demaret: 5 up, Mangrum: 1 up.[13]

Individual player records[edit]

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

Source: [6]

Great Britain[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Jimmy Adams 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Ken Bousfield 1 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
Dick Burton 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Fred Daly 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Max Faulkner 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Sam King 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Arthur Lees 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Dai Rees 1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0
Charlie Ward 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0

Laurie Ayton, Jnr did not play in any matches.

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Skip Alexander 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Jimmy Demaret 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Bob Hamilton 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Chick Harbert 1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0
E. J. Harrison 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Clayton Heafner 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Lloyd Mangrum 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Johnny Palmer 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Sam Snead 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Yanks rally to retain Ryder Cup". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 18 September 1949. p. 23.
  2. ^ "Ryder Cup squad taking own food". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. 2 September 1949. p. 8.
  3. ^ "'Meat stories' irk Ben Hogan". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. 13 September 1949. p. 17.
  4. ^ a b "British take lead over American golfers in Ryder Cup play". Reading Eagle. United Press. 16 September 1949. p. 28.
  5. ^ "British golfers lead in Ryder Cup matches". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. 17 September 1949. p. 7.
  6. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Ryder Cup Selectors". The Times, Wednesday, 13 April 1949; pg. 2; Issue 51355.
  8. ^ "Ryder Cup Possibles". The Times, Friday, 15 July 1949; pg. 8; Issue 51434.
  9. ^ "Cotton withdraws from Ryder Cup". The Times, Thursday, 28 July 1949; pg. 6; Issue 51445.
  10. ^ "Burton's Great Golf". The Times, Friday, 19 August 1949; pg. 6; Issue 51464.
  11. ^ "The Ryder Cup - British Team for Ganton". The Times, Saturday, 20 August 1949; pg. 2; Issue 51465.
  12. ^ "British Lead in Ryder Cup - Three to One in Foursomes". The Times, Saturday, 17 September 1949; pg. 4; Issue 51489.
  13. ^ "U.S. Retain the Ryder Cup - Magnificent Play at Ganton". The Times, Monday, 19 September 1949; pg. 6; Issue 51490.

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Coordinates: 54°11′24″N 0°29′42″W / 54.190°N 0.495°W / 54.190; -0.495