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1929 Moortown Golf Club, Leeds, England

Captains: Walter Hagen (US), George Duncan (GB)
GB 7 - USA 5


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1929 U.S. Team on the roof of the Savoy Hotel, London
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1929 Golfer Walter Hagen & J H Batley
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A crowd estimated at 10,000 turned out both days to witness Britain rally to a victory over a Walter Hagen-led team. After trailing 2 ½ to 1 ½ in the opening-day foursomes, the hosts displayed outstanding play in the singles at Moortown Golf Club. The Matches marked the debut of Henry Cotton, a 22-year-old who would eventually go on to win three British Open titles. It was the first time in Ryder Cup competition where two brothers, Charles and Ernest Whitcombe, competed together. And, it was a case of generosity by Hagen that may have cost the U.S. a victory. Hagen elected to let all his players have at least one match, while British Captain George Duncan played eight and had Percy Alliss and Stewart Burns on the sidelines. The Americans' Horton Smith, a budding star, played one singles match and switched for the first time to hickory-shafted clubs. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club didn't approve steel-shafted clubs until 1930. In one of the most stunning matches of any Ryder Cup competition, Duncan routed Hagen, 10 and 8. Meanwhile, Britain's Archie Compston sailed past Gene Sarazen, 6 and 4, and 22-year-old Henry Cotton downed Al Watrous, 4 and 3, to secure the Ryder Cup trophy.

Flag IconGreat Britain Flag IconUnited States
C A Whitcombe & A Compston (halved)½J Farrell & J Turnesa (halved)½
A Boomer & G Duncan0L Diegel & A Espinosa (7 & 5)1
A Mitchell & F Robson (2 & 1)1G Sarazen & E Dudley0
E R Whitcombe & T H Cotton0J Golden & W Hagen (2 holes)1
C A Whitcombe (8 & 6)1J Farrell0
G Duncan (10 & 8)1W Hagen0
A Mitchell0L Diegel (8 & 6)1
A Compston (6 & 4)1G Sarazen0
A Boomer (4 & 3)1J Turnesa0
F Robson0H Smith (4 & 2)1
T H Cotton (4 & 3)1A Watrous0
E R Whitcombe (halved)½A Espinosa (halved)½
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