1955 Ryder Cup
|Dates||November 5–6, 1955|
|Venue||Thunderbird Country Club|
|Location||Rancho Mirage, California|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
The 11th Ryder Cup Matches were held November 5–6, 1955 at Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. The United States team won its seventh consecutive competition by a score of 8 to 4 points.
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.
|Chick Harbert – captain||40||1||1||1–0–0||100.00|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||32||2||4||4–0–0||100.00|
Seven members of the British team were chosen from the Order of Merit after the 1955 Open Championship. To qualify players had to play in 5 of the 6 qualifying events. The qualifying events were all stroke-play tournaments played in Great Britain from the Spalding Tournament ending on 22 April to the Open Championship ending on 8 July. The last three places were chosen by the seven players already selected and the four members of the PGA tournament sub-committee. The seven who qualified after the Open were: Rees, Bradshaw, Scott, Weetman, O'Connor, Bousfield and Jacobs. Later in July, Rees was chosen as captain. The three remaining players, Brown, Lees and Fallon, were chosen at the end of the Dunlop Masters in September. Brown had recently lost in the final of the News of the World Match Play where Lees was a losing semi-finalist. Fallon was runner-up in the Open Championship.
|Team Great Britain|
|Dai Rees – captain||42||5||8||2–5–1||31.25|
|Christy O'Connor Snr||30||0||Rookie|
Saturday's foursome matches
|Brown/Scott||5 & 4||Ford/Kroll|
|Bradshaw/Rees||3 & 2||Snead/Middlecoff|
18 hole scores: Harper/Barber: 2 up, Ford/Kroll: 3 up, Lees/Weetman: 1 up, Bradshaw/Rees v Snead/Middlecoff: all square.
Sunday's singles matches
|Christy O'Connor||4 & 2||Tommy Bolt|
|Syd Scott||3 & 2||Chick Harbert|
|John Jacobs||1 up||Cary Middlecoff|
|Dai Rees||3 & 1||Sam Snead|
|Arthur Lees||3 & 2||Marty Furgol|
|Eric Brown||3 & 2||Jerry Barber|
|Harry Bradshaw||3 & 2||Jack Burke, Jr.|
|Harry Weetman||3 & 2||Doug Ford|
18 hole scores: Bolt: 3 up, Harbert: 6 up, Middlecoff: 2 up, Snead: 5 up, Lees v Furgol: all square, Brown: 3 up, Bradshaw v Burke: all square, Ford: 1 up.
Individual player records
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
|Jack Burke, Jr.||2||2–0–0||1–0–0||1–0–0|
Ken Bousfield did not play in any matches.
- Wind, Herbert Warren (November 14, 1955). "Despite the distracting flora and fauna of Palm Springs the U. S. team again beat Britain's best to retain the Ryder Cup". Sports Illustrated. p. 40.
- "Ryder Cup kept by U.S.; Briton tops Middlecoff". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 7, 1955. p. 10.
- "U.S. retains Ryder Cup golf trophy by 8-4". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 7, 1955. p. 26.
- "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- "P.G.A. offer a solution - Three players to sit on committee". The Times. 8 December 1954. p. 3.
- "P.G.A. differences - Conference to be held next week". The Times. 12 January 1955. p. 3.
- "Ryder Cup places filled". The Times. 9 July 1955. p. 4.
- "A new British golf event - The first close championship". The Times. 22 July 1955. p. 3.
- "Ryder Cup team completed". The Times. 22 September 1955. p. 4.