1969 Ryder Cup
|Dates||18–20 September 1969|
|Venue||Royal Birkdale Golf Club|
|United States retains the Ryder Cup|
The 18th Ryder Cup Matches were held 18–20 September 1969 at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. The competition ended in a draw at 16 points each, when America's Jack Nicklaus conceded a missable putt to Britain's Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole in one of the most famous gestures of sportsmanship in all of sport. It was the first draw in Ryder Cup history, and the United States team retained the Cup.
The tournament was marred by considerable acrimony and unsportsmanlike behavior by players on both sides. Britain's captain Eric Brown had instructed his players not to search for the opposition's ball if it ended up in the rough. American Ken Still, in the first-day foursomes, had deliberately and regularly stood too close to Briton Maurice Bembridge as he was putting. During one of the fourballs on the second day, both captains had to come out and calm down the warring players. This led to Nicklaus conceding Jacklin's final putt with the knowledge that the tournament would end in a draw.
Nicklaus' gesture became known as "the concession" and marked the beginning of a lasting friendship between Nicklaus and Jacklin that has spanned more than 40 years. It was the inspiration for The Concession Golf Club, near Sarasota, Florida, which was co-designed by the two players.
This was the first Ryder Cup for Nicklaus, age 29. Despite having won his seventh major title as a professional in 1967, eligibility rules set by the PGA prevented him from competing in previous editions. 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.
- 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, or 16 points were needed for the current champion to retain the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
Captain: Eric Brown
Captain: Sam Snead
|Coles/Huggett||3 & 2||Barber/Floyd|
|Gallacher/Bembridge||2 & 1||Trevino/Still|
|Jacklin/Townsend||3 & 1||Hill/Aaron|
|Huggett/Gallacher||2 & 1||Hill/Still|
|Peter Alliss||2 & 1||Lee Trevino|
|Peter Townsend||5 & 4||Dave Hill|
|Neil Coles||1 up||Tommy Aaron|
|Brian Barnes||1 up||Billy Casper|
|Christy O'Connor||5 & 4||Frank Beard|
|Maurice Bembridge||1 up||Ken Still|
|Peter Butler||1 up||Raymond Floyd|
|Tony Jacklin||4 & 3||Jack Nicklaus|
|Brian Barnes||4 & 2||Dave Hill|
|Bernard Gallacher||4 & 3||Lee Trevino|
|Maurice Bembridge||7 & 6||Miller Barber|
|Peter Butler||3 & 2||Dale Douglass|
|Neil Coles||4 & 3||Dan Sikes|
|Christy O'Connor||2 & 1||Gene Littler|
|Brian Huggett||halved||Billy Casper|
|Tony Jacklin||halved||Jack Nicklaus|
Individual player records
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
- Ryder Cup Climax of Breath-Taking Excitement
- "Price a reminder of the games sportsmanship". Golf Today. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- Brown, Gwilym S. (29 September 1969). "A tie may be like kissing your sister...". Sports Illustrated: 67.
- "U.S., British golfers draw". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 21 September 1969. p. 4B.
- Ryder Cup History: 1969
- "Media Guide: 1967 Ryder Cup". PGA of America. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- "Media Guide: 1969 Ryder Cup". PGA of America. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Retrieved October 5, 2014.