1965 Ryder Cup
|Dates||7–9 October 1965|
|Venue||Royal Birkdale Golf Club|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
The 16th Ryder Cup Matches were held 7–9 October 1965 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. For the first time commercialisation started to make a presence on site. The United States team won the competition by a score of 19½ to 12½ points.
- 1 Format
- 2 Teams
- 3 Thursday's matches
- 4 Friday's matches
- 5 Saturday's matches
- 6 Individual player records
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- Day 1 — 8 foursomes (alternate shot) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
- Day 2 — 8 four-ball (better ball) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
- Day 3 — 16 singles matches, 8 each in morning and afternoon sessions
With a total of 32 points, 16½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
For the 1965 event the British PGA reduced the period that a tournament professional had to wait before becoming eligible for the Ryder Cup team from five years to three. This meant that ex-amateur golfers like Guy Wolstenholme (who turned professional in late 1960) and Doug Sewell (1961) became eligible, although neither qualified.
|Team Great Britain|
|Harry Weetman||44||Non-playing captain|
|Christy O'Connor Snr||40||5||14||4–9–1||32.14|
Despite having won his fourth major title as a professional at The Masters in April, 25-year-old Jack Nicklaus was not a member of the U.S. team. Eligibility rules set by the PGA prevented him from participating in the Ryder Cup until 1969. He competed as a player through 1981, missing only the 1979 edition, and was the non-playing captain of the U.S. team in 1983 and 1987.
Pott did not play due to a back injury.
|Byron Nelson||53||Non-playing captain|
|Thomas/Will||6 & 5||Palmer/Marr|
|Hunt/Coles||2 & 1||Casper/Littler|
|Alliss/O'Connor||5 & 4||Venturi/January|
|Thomas/Will||6 & 5||Palmer/Marr|
|Alliss/O'Connor||2 & 1||Casper/Littler|
|Martin/Hitchcock||5 & 4||Boros/Lema|
|Hunt/Coles||3 & 2||Venturi/January|
|Alliss/O'Connor||6 & 4||Palmer/Marr|
|Jimmy Hitchcock||3 & 2||Arnold Palmer|
|Lionel Platts||4 & 2||Julius Boros|
|Peter Butler||1 up||Tony Lema|
|Neil Coles||2 up||Dave Marr|
|Bernard Hunt||2 up||Gene Littler|
|Dave Thomas||2 & 1||Tommy Jacobs|
|Peter Alliss||1 up||Billy Casper|
|George Will||halved||Don January|
|Christy O'Connor||6 & 4||Tony Lema|
|Jimmy Hitchcock||2 & 1||Julius Boros|
|Peter Butler||2 up||Arnold Palmer|
|Peter Alliss||3 & 1||Ken Venturi|
|Neil Coles||3 & 2||Billy Casper|
|George Will||2 & 1||Gene Littler|
|Bernard Hunt||1 up||Dave Marr|
|Lionel Platts||1 up||Tommy Jacobs|
Individual player records
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
Johnny Pott did not play in any matches.
- "United States keeps Cup; Arnold Palmer paces win". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. October 10, 1965. p. 6B.
- Wright, Alfred (October 18, 1965). "Byron's boys beat the British Cup team". Sports Illustrated. p. 79.
- "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- "P.G.A. relax Ryder Cup rule". The Times. 8 February 1964. p. 4.
- "Media Guide: 1965 Ryder Cup". PGA of America. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- "Media Guide: 1967 Ryder Cup". PGA of America. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- "Cocky Ryder Cup Teams Tee Off". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal, Canada. 7 October 1965. p. 52. Retrieved 12 May 2010.