1953 Ryder Cup

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10th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates2–3 October 1953
VenueWentworth Club
LocationSurrey, England
Captains
United Kingdom United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup
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Wentworth Club is located in England
Wentworth Club
Wentworth Club
Location in England

The 10th Ryder Cup Matches were held 2–3 October 1953 at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England, west of London. The United States team won its sixth consecutive competition by a score of 6½ to 5½ points.[1]

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: [2]

The British team was selected by the tournament committee of the P.G.A. with power to add to their numbers.[3] In January 1953 Henry Cotton was chosen as captain and was co-opted onto the selection committee.[4] In mid-August a group of 17 was announced from which the team would be chosen. This consisted of the eventual team of 10 plus Cotton, Tom Haliburton, Jack Hargreaves, Sam King, Arthur Lees, Norman Sutton and Charlie Ward.[5] John Jacobs was later added to the list.[6] Cotton withdrew from consideration for medical reasons. The P.G.A. arranged a series of trial matches at Wentworth starting on 23 September with the team announced on 26 September.[7]

United Kingdom Team Great Britain
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
England Henry Cotton 46 Non-playing captain
Scotland Jimmy Adams 42 3 6 2–4–0 33.33
England Peter Alliss 22 0 Rookie
Republic of Ireland Harry Bradshaw 39 0 Rookie
Scotland Eric Brown 28 0 Rookie
Northern Ireland Fred Daly 41 3 6 1–4–1 25.00
England Max Faulkner 37 3 6 1–5–0 16.67
England Bernard Hunt 23 0 Rookie
Scotland John Panton 36 1 2 0–2–0 0.00
Wales Dai Rees 40 4 7 2–4–1 35.71
England Harry Weetman 32 1 1 0–1–0 0.00

Although he won three majors in 1953, Ben Hogan did not compete in this or subsequent Ryder Cups; he was a non-playing captain in 1967.

United States Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Lloyd Mangrum – captain 39 3 6 5–1–0 83.33
Jack Burke, Jr. 30 1 2 2–0–0 100.00
Walter Burkemo 34 0 Rookie
Dave Douglas 35 0 Rookie
Fred Haas 37 0 Rookie
Ted Kroll 34 0 Rookie
Cary Middlecoff 32 0 Rookie
Ed Oliver 38 2 4 2–2–0 50.00
Sam Snead 41 4 7 6–1–0 85.71
Jim Turnesa 40 0 Rookie

Friday's foursome matches[edit]

In the middle two matches the American pairs won easily after being 8 up and 7 up at lunch. In the first match Douglas and Oliver led by three after three holes of the afternoon round. The British pair reduced the lead to one with six holes to play. Both pairs holes good putts at the 15th but the British pair bogeyed the 16th to be dormie-two. Oliver drove out of bounds at the 17th but the British pair took 6 and the hole was halved. In the final match, Daly and Bradshaw were three up at lunch but lost the first two holes in the afternoon. Daly and Bradshaw's lead increased to 3 at the turn but then the Americans reduced the lead to one. Bradshaw had some luck at the 16th when his drive hit a spectator and the hole was halved. Middlecoff missed a 7-foot putt at the 17th which would have tied the match. The American pair got a 4 at the last but Daly holed from 3 yards to win the match.[8]

United Kingdom Results United States
Weetman/Alliss United States 2 & 1 Douglas/Oliver
Brown/Panton United States 8 & 7 Mangrum/Snead
Adams/Hunt United States 7 & 5 Kroll/Burke
Daly/Bradshaw United Kingdom 1 up Burkemo/Middlecoff
1 Session 3
1 Overall 3

18 hole scores: Douglas/Oliver: 1 up, Mangrum/Snead: 8 up, Kroll/Burke: 7 up, Daly/Bradshaw: 3 up.[8]

Saturday's singles matches[edit]

The start was delayed by 80 minutes because of mist. At lunch each side was up in three matches with the other two matches level. Rees was ahead after 12 holes of the afternoon round but lost 2 & 1. Daly was 6 up at lunch and won his match easily. Mangrum had levelled his match against Brown with birdies at the 15th and 16th but Brown finished with two fours to win the match. Snead was 4 up at lunch and increased this to five. However he played the last six holes very badly and Weetman won at the last hole, finishing with two fours.

With Middlecoff and Bradshaw winning their matches, the British team needed 1½ points from the remaining 2 matches to win or a point to tie. The two British players in these matches were 22-year-old Peter Alliss and 23-year-old Bernard Hunt. Alliss had gone 1 up at the 14th but he 3-putted the 15th while Turnesa got down in two from a bunker. Alliss went out of bounds at the 17th to give Turnesa the lead. Turnesa was in the trees at the last and still short of the green in 3. However, Alliss, just off the green in 2, fluffed his chip, and eventually halved the hole in 6, to guarantee that the USA would retain the Ryder Cup. In the last match Hunt had won the 12th, 13th, 16th and 17th to be dormie-one. At the last, Hunt's second shot was in the trees on the right but he managed to get his third shot to the back of the green. He putted to 4 feet and, with Douglas taking 5, he needed to hole the putt to win the match. He missed and so the USA won 6½ to 5½.[9]

United Kingdom Results United States
Dai Rees United States 2 & 1 Jack Burke, Jr.
Fred Daly United Kingdom 9 & 7 Ted Kroll
Eric Brown United Kingdom 2 up Lloyd Mangrum
Harry Weetman United Kingdom 1 up Sam Snead
Max Faulkner United States 3 & 1 Cary Middlecoff
Peter Alliss United States 1 up Jim Turnesa
Bernard Hunt halved Dave Douglas
Harry Bradshaw United Kingdom 3 & 2 Fred Haas
Session
Overall

18 hole scores: Rees v Burke: all square, Daly: 6 up, Brown: 2 up, Snead: 4 up, Middlecoff: 3 up, Turnesa: 1 up, Hunt v Douglas: all square, Bradshaw: 1 up.[9]

Individual player records[edit]

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

Source: [2]

Great Britain[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Jimmy Adams 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Peter Alliss 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Harry Bradshaw 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Eric Brown 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Fred Daly 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Max Faulkner 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Bernard Hunt 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–1 0–1–0
John Panton 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Dai Rees 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Harry Weetman 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Jack Burke, Jr. 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Walter Burkemo 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Dave Douglas 1.5 1–0–1 0–0–1 1–0–0
Fred Haas 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Ted Kroll 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Lloyd Mangrum 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Cary Middlecoff 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Ed Oliver 1 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
Sam Snead 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Jim Turnesa 1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Americans in Ryder Cup win". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. October 4, 1953. p. 2D.
  2. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ryder Cup selectors - Invitation to young golfers". The Times. 17 December 1952. p. 5.
  4. ^ "Golf - Cotton to captain Ryder Cup team". The Times. 14 January 1953. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Ryder Cup team - A chance given to young golfers". The Times. 18 August 1953. p. 9.
  6. ^ "J.R.M. Jacobs a Ryder Cup "possible"". The Times. 21 September 1953. p. 10.
  7. ^ "The Ryder Cup team - Young golfers get their chance". The Times. 28 September 1953. p. 9.
  8. ^ a b "First blood to US – A lead of two in Ryder Cup – Brave golf by Daly and Bradshaw". The Times. 3 October 1953. p. 4.
  9. ^ a b "Great Britain just fail in Ryder Cup match – Last two singles tip scale in favour of U.S.". The Times. 5 October 1953. p. 3.

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