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1973 Muirfield, Muirfield, Scotland

Captains: Jack Burke (US), Bernard Hunt (GB & Ireland)
USA 19 - GB & I 13


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In the first Ryder Cup Matches to be contested in Scotland, players from the Republic of Ireland were eligible to compete for the British Team. The host's bid to end a seven-Match U.S. winning streak took a fateful turn prior to the opening of the second-day foursomes. Britain's Bernard Gallacher, who had teamed for two important foursomes victories in a 5 ½ to 2 ½ Great Britain advantage, contracted food poisoning. Peter Butler was summoned from bed just 1 ½ hours before his tee time to replace Gallacher and join teammate Brian Barnes. Butler responded by becoming the first player to record a hole-in-one in Ryder Cup history. He aced the par-3 16th hole in the morning foursomes, but U.S. opponents Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf claimed a 1-up victory. Butler and Barnes also fell in the afternoon fourballs, 2-up, to Arnold Palmer and J.C. Snead.

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Foursomes: Morning
B W Barnes & B J Gallacher (1 hole)1L Trevino & W J Casper0
C O'Connor & N C Coles (3 & 2)1T Weiskopf & J C Snead0
A Jacklin & P A Oosterhuis (halved)½J Rodriguez & L Graham (halved)½
M E Bembridge & E Polland0J W Nicklaus & A Palmer (6 & 5)1
Fourballs: Afternoon
B W Barnes & B J Gallacher (5 & 4)1T Aaron & G Brewer0
M E Bembridge & B G C Huggett (3 & 1)1A Palmer & J W Nicklaus0
A Jacklin & P Oosterhuis (3 & 1)1T Weiskopf & W J Casper0
C O'Connor & N C Coles0L Trevino & H Blancas (2 & 1)1
Foursomes: Morning
B W Barnes & P J Butler0J W Nicklaus & T Weiskopf (1 hole)1
P A Oosterhuis & A Jacklin (2 holes)1A Palmer & D Hill0
M E Bembridge & B G C Huggett (5 & 4)1J Rodriguez & L Graham0
N C Coles & C O'Connor0L Trevino & W Casper (2 & 1)1
Fourballs: Afternoon
B W Barnes & P J Butler0J C Snead & A Palmer (2 holes)1
A Jacklin & P A Oosterhuis0G Brewer & W Casper (3 & 2)1
C Clark & E Polland0J W Nicklaus & T Weiskopf (3 & 2)1
M E Bembridge & B G C Huggett (halved)½L Trevino & H Blancas (halved)½
Singles: Morning
B W Barnes0W J Casper (2 & 1)1
B J Gallacher0T Weiskopf (3 & 1)1
P J Butler0H Blancas (5 & 4)1
A Jacklin (3 & 1)1T Aaron0
N C Coles (halved)½G Brewer (halved)½
C O'Connor0J C Snead (1 hole)1
M E Bembridge (halved)½J W Nicklaus (halved)½
P A Oosterhuis (halved)½L Trevino(halved)½
Singles: Afternoon
B G C Huggett (4 & 2)1H Blancas0
B W Barnes0J C Snead (3 & 1)1
B J Gallacher0G Brewer (6 & 5)1
A Jacklin0W J Casper (2 & 1)1
N C Coles0L Trevino (6 & 5)1
C O'Connor (halved)½T Weiskopf(halved)½
M E Bembridge0J W Nicklaus (2 holes)1
P A Oosterhuis (4 & 2)1A Palmer0
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