1975 Ryder Cup

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21st Ryder Cup Matches
Dates September 19–21, 1975
Venue Laurel Valley Golf Club
Location Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Captains
United States 21 11 United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
United States wins the Ryder Cup
Laurel Valley Golf Club is located in USA
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Laurel Valley 
Golf Club
Location in the United States
Laurel Valley Golf Club is located in Pennsylvania
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Location in Pennsylvania

The 21st Ryder Cup Matches were held September 19–21 at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. The United States team won the competition by a score of 21 to 11 points.[1][2] After the competition, questions started to be asked about the future of the event, as Britain and Ireland had once again failed to seriously challenge the United States team.[3] The next time the competition was held in the U.S. in 1979, the visiting team included players from continental Europe.

Laurel Valley was co-founded by U.S. captain Arnold Palmer and had hosted the PGA Championship a decade earlier, in 1965.

Format[edit]

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was adjusted slightly from the 1973 Ryder Cup, with the second day sessions being swapped:

  • Day 1 — 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session
  • Day 2 — 4 four-ball matches in a morning session and 4 foursome matches in an afternoon session
  • 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: [4]

United States Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Arnold Palmer 46 Non-playing captain
Billy Casper 44 7 33 18–9–6 63.64
Raymond Floyd 33 1 4 0–2–2 25.00
Al Geiberger 38 1 5 3–1–1 70.00
Lou Graham 37 1 2 0–1–1 25.00
Hale Irwin 30 0 Rookie
Gene Littler 45 6 24 11–5–8 62.50
Johnny Miller 28 0 Rookie
Bob Murphy 32 0 Rookie
Jack Nicklaus 35 3 16 10–4–2 68.75
J. C. Snead 34 2 8 7–1–0 87.50
Lee Trevino 35 3 17 9–4–4 64.71
Tom Weiskopf 32 1 6 3–2–1 58.33


United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Team Great Britain and Ireland
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
England Bernard Hunt 45 Non-playing captain
Scotland Brian Barnes 30 3 12 4–8–0 33.33
England Maurice Bembridge 30 3 13 5–5–3 50.00
Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy 23 0 Rookie
Scotland Bernard Gallacher 26 3 13 7–5–1 57.69
England Tommy Horton 34 0 Rookie
Wales Brian Huggett 38 5 23 8–9–6 47.83
England Guy Hunt 28 0 Rookie
England Tony Jacklin 31 4 23 10–8–5 54.35
Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr 27 0 Rookie
Republic of Ireland John O'Leary 26 0 Rookie
England Peter Oosterhuis 27 2 12 6–4–2 58.33
Scotland Norman Wood 28 0 Rookie

Friday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Barnes/Gallacher United States 5 & 4 Nicklaus/Weiskopf
Wood/Bembridge United States 4 & 3 Littler/Irwin
Jacklin/Oosterhuis United States 3 & 1 Geiberger/Miller
Horton/O'Leary United States 2 & 1 Trevino/Snead
0 Session 4
0 Overall 4

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Oosterhuis/Jacklin United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Casper/Floyd
Darcy/O'Connor United States 3 & 2 Weiskopf/Graham
Barnes/Gallacher halved Nicklaus/Murphy
Horton/O'Leary United States 2 & 1 Trevino/Irwin
Session
Overall

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning four-ball[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Oosterhuis/Jacklin halved Casper/Miller
Horton/Wood United States 4 & 2 Nicklaus/Snead
Barnes/Gallacher United States 5 & 3 Littler/Graham
Darcy/Hunt halved Geiberger/Floyd
1 Session 3
Overall

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Jacklin/Huggett United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 & 2 Trevino/Murphy
O'Connor/O'Leary United States 5 & 3 Weiskopf/Miller
Oosterhuis/Bembridge United States 3 & 2 Irwin/Casper
Darcy/Hunt United States 3 & 2 Geiberger/Graham
1 Session 3
Overall 12½

Sunday's matches[edit]

Morning singles[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Tony Jacklin United States 2 & 1 Bob Murphy
Peter Oosterhuis United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 up Johnny Miller
Bernard Gallacher halved Lee Trevino
Tommy Horton halved Hale Irwin
Brian Huggett United States 4 & 2 Gene Littler
Eamonn Darcy United States 3 & 2 Billy Casper
Guy Hunt United States 5 & 3 Tom Weiskopf
Brian Barnes United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 4 & 2 Jack Nicklaus
3 Session 5
Overall 17½

Afternoon singles[edit]

United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Results United States
Tony Jacklin United States 1 up Raymond Floyd
Peter Oosterhuis United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 3 & 2 J. C. Snead
Bernard Gallacher halved Al Geiberger
Tommy Horton United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Lou Graham
John O'Leary United States 2 & 1 Hale Irwin
Maurice Bembridge United States 2 & 1 Bob Murphy
Norman Wood United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Lee Trevino
Brian Barnes United KingdomRepublic of Ireland 2 & 1 Jack Nicklaus
Session
11 Overall 21

Individual player records[edit]

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

Source: [5]

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Billy Casper 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–1–1
Raymond Floyd 1.5 1–1–1 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–1
Al Geiberger 3 2–0–2 0–0–1 2–0–0 0–0–1
Lou Graham 3 3–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0
Hale Irwin 4.5 4–0–1 1–0–1 2–0–0 1–0–0
Gene Littler 3 3–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Johnny Miller 2.5 2–1–1 0–1–0 2–0–0 0–0–1
Bob Murphy 2.5 2–1–1 2–0–0 0–1–0 0–0–1
Jack Nicklaus 2.5 2–2–1 0–2–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
J. C. Snead 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Lee Trevino 2.5 2–2–1 0–1–1 1–1–0 1–0–0
Tom Weiskopf 4 4–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 1–0–0

Great Britain and Ireland[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Brian Barnes 2.5 2–2–1 2–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–1
Maurice Bembridge 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–0–0
Eamonn Darcy 0.5 0–3–1 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–1
Bernard Gallacher 1.5 0–2–3 0–0–2 0–1–0 0–1–1
Tommy Horton 1.5 1–3–1 1–0–1 0–1–0 0–2–0
Brian Huggett 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0
Guy Hunt 0.5 0–2–1 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–1
Tony Jacklin 2.5 2–3–1 0–2–0 1–1–0 1–0–1
Christy O'Connor 0 0–2–0 0–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
John O'Leary 0 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Peter Oosterhuis 3.5 3–2–1 2–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–1
Norman Wood 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (September 22, 1975). "British retreat from Ligonier as Ryder Cup remains in U.S.". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Dan (September 29, 1975). "As much play as match". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. 
  3. ^ "US golfers rout British". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. September 22, 1975. p. 11-part 2. 
  4. ^ "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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