1967 Ryder Cup

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17th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates October 20–22, 1967
Venue Champions Golf Club
Location Houston, Texas, U.S.
Captains
United States 23½ United Kingdom
United States wins the Ryder Cup
Houston is located in USA
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Houston
Location in the United States
Houston is located in Texas
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Location in Texas

The 17th Ryder Cup Matches were held October 20–22, 1967 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The United States team won the competition by a record score of 23½ to 8½ points.[1][2][3] To date, the 15-point victory margin remains the largest at the Ryder Cup.[4]

Ben Hogan was named the captain of the U.S. team in May 1967, five months before the matches.[5] He opted for the U.S. team to use the smaller British golf ball; the same weight, its diameter was .06 inches (1.5 mm) smaller at 1.62 inches (4.11 cm).[6]

The course hosted the U.S. Open two years later in 1969.

Format[edit]

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1963 through 1971 the competition format was as follows:

  • 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.

Teams[edit]

Source: [7][8]

United States Team USA
Name Age Points
rank
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Ben Hogan 55 Non-playing captain
Billy Casper 36 1 3 14 8–3–3 67.86
Arnold Palmer 38 2 3 16 11–4–1 71.88
Gay Brewer 35 3 0 Rookie
Doug Sanders 34 4 0 Rookie
Gene Littler 37 5 3 14 5–3–6 57.14
Julius Boros 47 6 3 11 7–2–2 72.73
Bobby Nichols 31 7 0 Rookie
Al Geiberger 30 8 0 Rookie
Gardner Dickinson 40 9 0 Rookie
Johnny Pott 31 10 2 3 1–2–0 33.33


United Kingdom Team Great Britain
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Wales Dai Rees 54 Non-playing captain
England Peter Alliss 36 6 21 9–8–4 52.38
Republic of Ireland Hugh Boyle 31 0 Rookie
England Neil Coles 33 3 16 5–8–3 40.62
England Malcolm Gregson 24 0 Rookie
Wales Brian Huggett 30 1 5 2–2–1 50.00
England Bernard Hunt 37 6 21 6–12–3 35.71
England Tony Jacklin 23 0 Rookie
Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr 42 6 19 7–11–1 39.47
Wales Dave Thomas 33 3 13 1–9–3 19.23
Scotland George Will 30 2 10 2–7–1 25.00

Friday matches[edit]

October 20, 1967

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Huggett/Will halved Casper/Boros
Alliss/O'Connor United States 2 & 1 Palmer/Dickinson
Jacklin/Thomas United Kingdom 4 & 3 Sanders/Brewer
Hunt/Coles United States 6 & 5 Nichols/Pott
Session
Overall

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Huggett/Will United States 1 up Casper/Boros
Gregson/Boyle United States 5 & 4 Dickinson/Palmer
Jacklin/Thomas United Kingdom 3 & 2 Littler/Geiberger
Alliss/O'Connor United States 2 & 1 Nichols/Pott
1 Session 3
Overall

Saturday matches[edit]

October 21, 1967

Morning four-ball[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Alliss/O'Connor United States 3 & 2 Casper/Brewer
Hunt/Coles United States 1 up Nichols/Pott
Jacklin/Thomas United States 1 up Littler/Geiberger
Huggett/Will United States 3 & 2 Dickinson/Sanders
0 Session 4
Overall

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Hunt/Coles United States 5 & 3 Casper/Brewer
Alliss/Gregson United States 3 & 2 Dickinson/Sanders
Will/Boyle United States 1 up Palmer/Boros
Jacklin/Thomas halved Littler/Geiberger
½ Session
3 Overall 13

Sunday matches[edit]

October 22, 1967

Morning singles[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Hugh Boyle United States 4 & 3 Gay Brewer
Peter Alliss United States 2 & 1 Billy Casper
Tony Jacklin United States 3 & 2 Arnold Palmer
Brian Huggett United Kingdom 1 up Julius Boros
Neil Coles United Kingdom 2 & 1 Doug Sanders
Malcolm Gregson United States 4 & 2 Al Geiberger
Dave Thomas halved Gene Littler
Bernard Hunt halved Bobby Nichols
3 Session 5
6 Overall 18

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom Results United States
Brian Huggett United States 5 & 3 Arnold Palmer
Peter Alliss United Kingdom 2 & 1 Gay Brewer
Tony Jacklin United States 3 & 2 Gardner Dickinson
Christy O'Connor United States 3 & 2 Bobby Nichols
George Will United States 3 & 1 Johnny Pott
Malcolm Gregson United States 2 & 1 Al Geiberger
Bernard Hunt halved Julius Boros
Neil Coles United Kingdom 2 & 1 Doug Sanders
Session
Overall 23½

Individual player records[edit]

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

Source: [7]

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Julius Boros 3 2–1–2 0–1–1 1–0–1 1–0–0
Gay Brewer 3 3–2–0 1–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0
Billy Casper 4.5 4–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–1 2–0–0
Gardner Dickinson 5 5–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 2–0–0
Al Geiberger 3.5 3–1–1 2–0–0 0–1–0 1–0–1
Gene Littler 2 1–1–2 0–0–1 0–1–0 1–0–1
Bobby Nichols 4.5 4–0–1 1–0–1 2–0–0 1–0–0
Arnold Palmer 5 5–0–0 2–0–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Johnny Pott 4 4–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Doug Sanders 2 2–3–0 0–2–0 0–1–0 2–0–0

Great Britain[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Peter Alliss 1 1–5–0 1–1–0 0–2–0 0–2–0
Hugh Boyle 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Neil Coles 2 2–3–0 2–0–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Malcolm Gregson 0 0–4–0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Brian Huggett 1.5 1–3–1 1–1–0 0–1–1 0–1–0
Bernard Hunt 1 0–3–2 0–0–2 0–1–0 0–2–0
Tony Jacklin 2.5 2–3–1 0–2–0 2–0–0 0–1–1
Christy O'Connor 0 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Dave Thomas 3 2–1–2 0–0–1 2–0–0 0–1–1
George Will 0.5 0–4–1 0–1–0 0–1–1 0–2–0

Nicklaus absence[edit]

Despite having won his seventh major title as a professional at the U.S. Open in June, 27-year-old Jack Nicklaus was not a member of the U.S. team. At the time, a five-year apprenticeship as a professional was required before Ryder Cup points could be earned. Nicklaus turned pro in November 1961 and was granted tournament status at the end of that year.[9] He expedited his status by passing PGA business classes in February 1966, and was granted full membership that June.[10] Only then was he eligible to accumulate Ryder Cup points, which ended with the Masters in April. Captain's selections did not exist in 1967 and Nicklaus was in a slump following his win at the Masters in 1966;[11] entering the Masters in 1967 as the two-time defending champion, he was in 13th place in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings. Also just off the team were Dave Marr and Bob Goalby.[12] Nicklaus and Goalby missed the cut at Augusta and Marr's T-16 finish was not enough to pass Johnny Pott for the tenth and final spot on the team.[8]

The outmoded five-year rule had similarly kept Arnold Palmer off the teams in 1957 and 1959. Don January won the PGA Championship in 1967 in July, but was also at home; the only reigning major champion on either team in 1967 was Masters champion Gay Brewer.

Nicklaus competed in the Ryder Cup as a player from 1969 through 1981, missing only in 1979. He was the non-playing captain in 1983 and 1987.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wright, Alfred (October 30, 1967). "Ben and Arnie liven up the weekend". Sports Illustrated. p. 56. 
  2. ^ "British swamped in Ryder Cup play". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. October 23, 1967. p. 4B. 
  3. ^ "Palmer ace in Cup win, 23½ to 8½". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. October 23, 1967. p. 34. 
  4. ^ "Ryder Cup 2006 » History » 1967 Results". The PGA of America. Retrieved March 15, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Hogan named Ryder captain". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. May 25, 1967. p. 20. 
  6. ^ "Hogan elects small ball for Ryder Cup matches". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. October 2, 1967. p. 29. 
  7. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Five newcomers chosen for Ryder Cup team". Miami News. Associated Press. April 13, 1967. p. 3B. 
  9. ^ "Nicklaus must return to school to qualify for Ryder Cup team". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. December 18, 1965. p. 38. 
  10. ^ Auclair, T.J. (June 1, 2016). "Jack Nicklaus celebrates 50 years of PGA Membership". PGA of America. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Big Nick may miss action on Cup team". Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina. UPI. March 29, 1967. p. 8. 
  12. ^ "Ryder spot is elusive for Nicklaus". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. March 28, 1967. p. 12. 

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