List of Ryder Cup records

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The Ryder Cup is a biennial men's golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. Originally contested between Great Britain and the United States, the first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927. The representation of "Great Britain and Ireland" was extended to include continental Europe from 1979.

In all the following tables Europe includes Great Britain/Great Britain and Ireland up to 1977.

For details of individual players' complete Ryder Cup records see: List of European Ryder Cup golfers and List of American Ryder Cup golfers.

Summary[edit]

There have been a total of 956 individual matches played in the 41 Ryder Cups. Of these the United States has won 465, Europe (including Great Britain/Great Britain and Ireland up to 1977) has won 358 with 133 matches halved. Thus the United States have scored a total of 531½ points to Europe's 424½.[1]

Team All Ryder Cups 36 hole matches 18 hole matches
Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs Overall Singles Foursomes Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
 United States won 465 235 136 94 94 61 33 371 174 103 94
 Europe won 358 169 107 82 48 33 15 310 136 92 82
Halved 133 66 30 37 14 10 4 119 56 26 37
 United States points 531½ 268 151 112½ 101 66 35 430½ 202 116 112½
 Europe points 424½ 202 122 100½ 55 38 17 369½ 164 105 100½
Total 956 470 273 213 156 104 52 800 366 221 213

36 holes matches were played up to 1959, 18 hole matches from 1961 onwards. Fourball matches were first played in 1963. The table includes three 18 hole single matches (in 1979, 1991 and 1993) which were not actually played because of injury but were declared as halved matches.

Holes-in-one[edit]

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Europe Europe[edit]

Hole Player Match Type Year
16th at Muirfield Peter Butler Brian Barnes & Peter Butler lost 1 hole v Jack Nicklaus & Tom Weiskopf Foursomes 1973
14th at The Belfry Nick Faldo Nick Faldo halved with Paul Azinger Singles 1993
6th at Oak Hill Costantino Rocca Sam Torrance & Costantino Rocca won 6 & 5 v Davis Love III & Jeff Maggert Foursomes 1995
11th at Oak Hill Howard Clark Howard Clark won 1 hole v Peter Jacobsen Singles 1995
14th at The K Club Paul Casey Paul Casey & David Howell won 5 & 4 v Stewart Cink & Zach Johnson Foursomes 2006

United States United States[edit]

Hole Player Match Type Year
14th at The K Club Scott Verplank Scott Verplank won 4 & 3 v Pádraig Harrington Singles 2006

Largest margins of victory in a match[edit]

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36 hole matches (to 1959)[edit]

All victories by 7 or more holes for Europe and by 8 or more holes for the United States are listed.

Europe Europe[edit]

Margin Winner Loser Type Year
10 & 8 George Duncan Walter Hagen Singles 1929
9 & 8 Abe Mitchell Olin Dutra Singles 1933
9 & 7 Fred Daly Ted Kroll Singles 1953

The largest victory in a foursomes match was a 7&5 win by Aubrey Boomer & Charles Whitcombe against Leo Diegel & Bill Mehlhorn in 1927.

United States United States[edit]

Margin Winner Loser Type Year
10 & 9 Walter Hagen & Denny Shute George Duncan & Arthur Havers Foursomes 1931
10 & 9 Ed Oliver & Lew Worsham Henry Cotton & Arthur Lees Foursomes 1947
9 & 8 Leo Diegel Abe Mitchell Singles 1929
9 & 8 Paul Runyan & Horton Smith Bill Cox & Ted Jarman Foursomes 1935

18 hole matches (from 1961)[edit]

All victories by 5 or more holes for Europe and by 6 or more holes for the United States are listed.

Europe Europe[edit]

Margin Winner Loser Type Year
7 & 5 José Maria Cañizares & José Rivero Tom Kite & Calvin Peete Foursomes 1985
7 & 5 Ian Woosnam & Bernhard Langer Paul Azinger & Payne Stewart Foursomes 1993
6 & 5 Dave Thomas & George Will Arnold Palmer & Dave Marr Foursomes 1965
6 & 5 Nick Faldo & Peter Oosterhuis Andy Bean & Tom Kite Foursomes 1979
6 & 5 Des Smyth & José Maria Cañizares Bill Rogers & Bruce Lietzke Fourball 1981
6 & 5 Seve Ballesteros & José María Olazábal Tom Watson & Mark O'Meara Fourball 1989
6 & 5 Ian Woosnam & Peter Baker Fred Couples & Paul Azinger Fourball 1993
6 & 5 Sam Torrance & Costantino Rocca Davis Love III & Jeff Maggert Foursomes 1995
6 & 5 Luke Donald & Lee Westwood Steve Stricker & Tiger Woods Foursomes 2010

The largest victory in a singles match has been a 5&4 win, achieved 9 times, firstly by Bernard Hunt against Jerry Barber in 1961.

United States United States[edit]

Margin Winner Loser Type Year
8 & 7 Tom Kite Howard Clark Singles 1989
8 & 7 Fred Couples Ian Woosnam Singles 1997
7 & 6 Miller Barber Maurice Bembridge Singles 1969
7 & 6 Lee Trevino Brian Huggett Singles 1971
7 & 6 Hale Irwin & Tom Kite Ken Brown & Des Smyth Foursomes 1979
7 & 6 Paul Azinger & Mark O'Meara Nick Faldo & David Gilford Foursomes 1991
7 & 6 Tom Lehman Ignacio Garrido Singles 1997
7 & 6 Keegan Bradley & Phil Mickelson Lee Westwood & Luke Donald Foursomes 2012

The largest victory in a fourball match has been a 7&5 win by Lee Trevino & Jerry Pate against Nick Faldo & Sam Torrance in 1981.

Pairings[edit]

Most frequent pairings[edit]

Pairings used 7 or more times for Europe and 5 or more times for the United States are listed.[4]

Europe Europe[edit]

Pairing Number Points First
Year
Last
Year
Overall Record
W–L–H
Foursomes Record
W–L–H
Fourballs Record
W–L–H
Seve Ballesteros & José María Olazábal 15 12 1987 1993 11–2–2 6–1–1 5–1–1
Peter Alliss & Christy O'Connor Snr 12 5.5 1959 1969 5–6–1 4–4–1 1–2–0
Brian Barnes & Bernard Gallacher 10 5.5 1973 1979 5–4–1 2–3–0 3–1–1
Nick Faldo & Ian Woosnam 10 6 1987 1991 5–3–2 2–1–2 3–2–0
Neil Coles & Bernard Hunt 8 2.5 1963 1967 2–5–1 1–2–1 1–3–0
Darren Clarke & Lee Westwood 8 6 1999 2006 6–2–0 3–1–0 3–1–0
Neil Coles & Christy O'Connor Snr 7 3.5 1963 1973 3–3–1 2–1–0 1–2–1
Tony Jacklin & Peter Oosterhuis 7 4 1973 1975 3–2–2 1–1–1 2–1–1
Bernhard Langer & Colin Montgomerie 7 5.5 1991 2002 5–1–1 3–0–1 2–1–0
Nick Faldo & Colin Montgomerie 7 3.5 1993 1995 3–3–1 3–1–0 0–2–1
Sergio García & Lee Westwood 7 5 2002 2008 4–1–2 2–0–1 2–1–1

United States United States[edit]

Pairing Number Points First
Year
Last
Year
Overall Record
W–L–H
Foursomes Record
W–L–H
Fourballs Record
W–L–H
Patrick Reed & Jordan Spieth 7 5 2014 2016 4–1–2 1–0–2 3–1–0
Larry Nelson & Lanny Wadkins 6 4 1979 1987 4–2–0 2–1–0 2–1–0
Tom Kite & Curtis Strange 6 2.5 1987 1989 2–3–1 2–1–1 0–2–0
Phil Mickelson & David Toms 6 3.5 2002 2006 3–2–1 2–1–1 1–1–0
Steve Stricker & Tiger Woods 6 2 2010 2012 2–4–0 1–2–0 1–2–0
Julius Boros & Tony Lema 5 3.5 1963 1965 3–1–1 3–0–1 0–1–0
Gardner Dickinson & Arnold Palmer 5 5 1967 1971 5–0–0 4–0–0 1–0–0
Keegan Bradley & Phil Mickelson 5 4 2012 2014 4–1–0 2–1–0 2–0–0

Age-related records[edit]

The ages given are on the first day of the Ryder Cup. Generally the leading 5 in each category are given.[1]

Youngest players[edit]

Europe Europe[edit]

Age Player Year Date of Birth Date of Cup
19 years, 258 days Sergio García 1999 9 January 1980 24 September 1999
20 years, 59 days Nick Faldo 1977 18 July 1957 15 September 1977
20 years, 216 days Paul Way 1983 12 March 1963 14 October 1983
20 years, 221 days Bernard Gallacher 1969 9 February 1949 18 September 1969
20 years, 249 days Ken Brown 1977 9 January 1957 15 September 1977

United States United States[edit]

Age Player Year Date of Birth Date of Cup
20 years, 339 days Horton Smith 1929 22 May 1908 26 April 1929
21 years, 61 days Jordan Spieth 2014 27 July 1993 26 September 2014
21 years, 270 days Tiger Woods 1997 30 December 1975 26 September 1997
21 years, 292 days Rickie Fowler 2010 13 December 1988 1 October 2010
23 years, 35 days Horton Smith 1931 22 May 1908 26 June 1931

Oldest players[edit]

Europe Europe[edit]

Age Player Year Date of Birth Date of Cup
50 years, 67 days Ted Ray 1927 28 March 1877 3 June 1927
48 years, 273 days Christy O'Connor, Snr 1973 21 December 1924 20 September 1973
48 years, 196 days Dai Rees 1961 31 March 1913 13 October 1961
47 years, 283 days George Duncan 1931 16 September 1883 26 June 1931
47 years, 257 days Arthur Lees 1955 21 February 1908 5 November 1955

The oldest rookie was Ted Ray in 1927. Excluding Ray, who was playing in the first Ryder Cup, Tom Haliburton who was 46 years, 130 days in 1961 is the oldest European rookie.

United States United States[edit]

Age Player Year Date of Birth Date of Cup
51 years, 20 days Raymond Floyd 1993 4 September 1942 24 September 1993
50 years, 290 days Jay Haas 2004 2 December 1953 17 September 2004
49 years, 23 days Raymond Floyd 1991 4 September 1942 27 September 1991
48 years, 95 days Fred Funk 2004 14 June 1956 17 September 2004
48 years, 40 days Kenny Perry 2008 10 August 1960 19 September 2008

The oldest rookie was Fred Funk in 2004.

Longest lived players[edit]

Europe Europe[edit]

Age [†] Player Date of Birth Date of Death
95 years, 311 days Ted Jarman 2 July 1907 9 May 2003
92 years, 288 days John Panton 9 October 1916 24 July 2009
91 years, 335 days Aubrey Boomer 1 November 1897 2 October 1989
91 years, 334 days Sam King 27 March 1911 24 February 2003
91 years, 305 days John Jacobs 14 March 1925 13 January 2017

Peter Alliss, currently aged 86 years, 275 days, is the oldest living British/European Ryder Cup player and is the only survivor of the 1953 British team.

United States United States[edit]

Age [†] Player Date of Birth Date of Death
97 years, 75 days Gene Sarazen 27 February 1902 13 May 1999
95 years, 116 days Doug Ford 6 August 1922 Living
94 years, 305 days Jack Burke Jr. 29 January 1923 Living
94 years, 234 days Byron Nelson 4 February 1912 26 September 2006
93 years, 248 days Paul Runyan 12 July 1908 17 March 2002

Jack Burke Jr. is the only survivor of the 1951 and 1953 American teams.

^ denotes age at death, or, if living, age as of 30 November 2017

Captains[edit]

  • Youngest Ryder Cup captain: Arnold Palmer - 34 years, 31 days in 1963
  • Youngest European captain: Charles Whitcombe - 35 years, 278 days in 1931
  • Youngest non-playing captain: Ben Hogan - 37 years, 34 days in 1949
  • Youngest non-playing European captain: Tony Jacklin - 39 years, 99 days in 1983
  • Oldest Ryder Cup captain: Tom Watson - 65 years, 22 days in 2014
  • Oldest European captain: J.H. Taylor - 62 years, 99 days in 1933
  • Oldest playing captain: Ted Ray - 50 years, 67 days in 1927
  • Oldest playing United States captain: Sam Snead - 47 years, 163 days in 1959

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PGA Media Guide 2012" (PDF). PGA of America. p. 69. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "PGA Media Guide 2012" (PDF). PGA of America. p. 68. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "PGA Media Guide 2012" (PDF). PGA of America. p. 75. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "PGA Media Guide 2012" (PDF). PGA of America. p. 74. Retrieved 11 September 2013.