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History of The Ryder Cup Matches

Ryder Cup Team
The 1927 U.S. Ryder Cup Team

What is today one of the world's most revered events, began unexpectedly nearly 80 years when American professionals, attempting qualify for the 1926 British Open, formed a team their British counterparts in a simple exhibition match.

British players trounced the Americans by a score to 11.2 points and, in the process, so impressed Samuel Ryder, a wealthy British seed merchant, that he determined this should become an ongoing challenge. Mr. Ryder offered an impressive solid gold trophy that bears and the likeness of Abe Mitchell, his golf tutor, on Ryder went so far as to specify how dates and sites chosen and, further, that each member of the competing teams should be a native-born citizen of his team's country, as well as a member of his country's Professional Golfers' Association.

The "Ryder Cup Matches" as they were promptly dubbed, were first played in 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Worcester,Massachusetts. Led by Captain Hagen, perhaps the game's most colorful and influential player, the United States Team captured a respectable 9 1/2 - 2 1/2 victory.

Through the intervening decades, with a 10-year during which the world's attention focused on the of World War II, Samuel Ryder's cherished Cup has back and forth between the continents.

History of Oakland Hills Country Club


When the South Course of Oakland Hills was formally opened on July 13, 1918, it already enjoyed a certain degree of prestige. After all, the course was designed by the foremost golf architect of his day, Donald Ross, and the Club had engaged Walter Hagen as its first professional. Hagen had already won the United States Open.

The original Clubhouse had accommodations for 48 overnight guests. In those days, it was not uncommon for members to stay at the Club for weeks at a time.

Work on the North Course began in 1922 and was ready for play in 1924. During the Great Depression, however, it became necessary to operate it as North Hills, a semi-private club open for daily greens fee play. It was re-established as a second private course for the members at the beginning of the 1969 season.

Throughout the years, Oakland Hills Country Club has hosted many major tournaments. Among these are two PGA Championships, six U.S. Opens, two Senior Opens, and the men's and women's U.S. Amateurs. During the 1951 U.S. Open, Ben Hogan dubbed the South Course "The Monster," which is a description that is still used today. Oakland Hills Country Club has played a very important role in the history of golf in America and is very proud to be hosting The 35th Ryder Cup Matches.