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Ryder Cup Statistics

Youngest Player

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1929 Horton Smith 21y/0m/4d 1999 Sergio Garcia 19y/8m/15d
1997 Tiger Woods 21y/8m/27d 1977 Nick Faldo 20y/1m/28d
1931 Horton Smith 23y/1m/5d 1983 Paul Way 20y/7m/3d
1999 Tiger Woods 23y/8m/25d 1969 Bernard Gallacher 20y/7m/9d

Ryder Cup Team Results

Even though the first Ryder Cup Matches were first held in 1927, they became more competitive in 1983. Here are several categories and how the teams have compared from 1983 through 2002.

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Record 4 wins, 5 losses, 1 tie 5 wins, 4 losses, 1 tie
Matches won 116 123
Points won 136.5 143.5
Foursome points won 39 41
Fourball points won 32.5 47.5
Single points won 65 55
Winning on the 18th hole 19 36
Rookies record 53 wins, 58 losses, 12 halves 37 wins, 50 losses, 19 halves
Captains Picks 24 wins, 19 losses, 4 halves 34 wins, 41 losses, 5 halves

Pairings with Most Ryder Cup Appearances

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Tom Kite and Curtis Strange 6 matches: 2 wins, 3 losses, 1 halve
Larry Nelson and Lanny Wadkins 6 matches: 4 wins, 2 losses
Arnold Palmer and Gardner Dickinson 5 matches: 5 wins, 0 losses
Tony Lema and Julius Boros 5 matches: 3 wins, 1 loss, 1 halve8
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Seve Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal 15 matches: 11 wins, 2 losses, 2 halves
Peter Alliss and Christy O'Connor Sr. 12 matches: 5 wins, 6 losses, 1 halve
Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam 10 matches: 5 wins, 3 losses, 2 halves
Bernard Gallacher and Brian Barnes 10 matches: 5 wins, 4 losses, 1 halve

Oldest Player

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1993 Raymond Floyd 51y/0m/2004/td> 1927 Ted Ray 50y/2m/5d
1977 Don January 47y/9m/26d 1973 Christy O'Connor Sr 48y/8m/30d

Most Times on Ryder Cup Team

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Billy Casper 8 1961, '63, '65, '67, '69, '71, '73, '75
Raymond Floyd 8 1969, '75, '77, '81, '83, '85, '91, '93
Lanny Wadkins 8 1977, '79, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93
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Nick Faldo 11 1977, '79, '81, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95, '97
Christy O'Connor Sr. 10 1955, '57, '59, '61,'63, '65, '67, '69, '71, '73
Bernhard Langer 10 1981, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95, '97, '02
Dai Rees 9 1937, '47, '49, '51, '53, '55, '57, '59, '61

Highest Winning Margins - Teams

36-Hole Team
10 & 9 (1931) Walter Hagen & Denny Shute beat George Duncan & Arthur Havers
10 & 9 (1947) Lew Worsham & Ed Oliver beat Henry Cotton & Arthur Lees
18-Hole Team
7 & 6 (1991) Paul Azinger & Mark O'Meara beat Nick Faldo & David Gilford
7 & 6 (1979) Hale Irwin & Tom Kite beat Ken Brown & Des Smyth

Highest Winning Margins - Singles:

36-Hole
10 & 8 (1929) George Duncan beat Walter Hagen
18-Hole
8 & 7 (1997) Fred Couples beat Ian Woosnam
8 & 7 (1989) Tom Kite beat Howard Clark

Undefeated and Untied in 2 or more Matches

6 wins Jimmy Demaret
4 wins Billy Maxwell
3 wins Ben Hogan, Billy Burke & Johnny Golden
2 wins Paul Broadhurst, John Jacobs

Best Point Percentage (Minimum of 3 Ryder Cup Matches)

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Jimmy Demaret (6-0-0) 100% Abe Mitchell (4-2-0) 67%
Jack Burke, Jr. (7-1-0) 88% Colin Montgomerie (16-7-5) 66%
Horton Smith (3-0-1) 88% José Maria Olazábal (15-8-3) 63%
Walter Hagen (7-1-1) 83% Seve Ballesteros (20-12-5) 61%
J.C. Snead (9-2-0) 82% Percy Alliss (3-2-1) 58%

Most Foursome Matches

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Lanny Wadkins 15 Nick Faldo 18
Billy Casper 15 Bernhard Langer 18
Tom Kite 13 Seve Ballesteros 14
Arnold Palmer 12 Christy O'Connor Sr. 13
Raymond Floyd 12 Tony Jacklin 13
Lee Trevino 10 Neil Cole 13
Payne Stewart 10

Most Foursome Matches Halved

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Billy Casper 2 Tony Jacklin 4
Lee Trevino 2 Charles Whitcombe 3
Gene Sarazen 2
Julius Boros 2

Most Singles Matches

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Arnold Palmer 11 Neil Coles 15
Jack Nicklaus 10 Christy O'Connor Sr. 14
Lee Trevino 10 Peter Alliss 12
Gene Littler 10 Nick Faldo 11
Billy Casper 10 Tony Jacklin 11
Lanny Wadkins 8 Bernard Gallacher 11
Raymond Floyd 8 Bernhard Langer 10
Tom Kite 7 Brian Barnes 10
Sam Snead 7 Bernard Hunt 10

Most Single Matches Halved

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Gene Littler 3 Bernard Gallacher 4
Neil Coles 4

Most Points Won

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Billy Casper 23 1/2 Nick Faldo 25
Arnold Palmer 23 Bernhard Langer 24
Lanny Wadkins 21 1/2 Seve Ballesteros 22 1/2
Lee Trevino 20 Colin Montgomerie 18 1/2
Jack Nicklaus 18 1/2 José Maria Olazábal 17 1/2
Gene Littler 18 Tony Jacklin 17
Tom Kite 17 Ian Woosnam 16 1/2
Hale Irwin 14 Bernard Gallacher 15 1/2
Raymond Floyd 13 1/2 Peter Oosterhuis 15 1/2
Julius Boros 11 Neil Coles 15 1/2

Most Matches Played

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Billy Casper 37 Nick Faldo 46
Lanny Wadkins 34 Bernhard Langer 42
Arnold Palmer 32 Neil Coles 40
Raymond Floyd 31 Seve Ballesteros 37
Lee Trevino 30 Christy O'Connor Sr. 36
Tom Kite 28 Tony Jacklin 35
Jack Nicklaus 28    

Highest Margin of Victory

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1967 in Houston, Texas, 23.5 to 8.5 1985 in Sutton Coldfield, England 16.5 to 11.5

Most Matches Halved

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Gene Littler 8 Tony Jacklin 8

Most Four-Ball Matches

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Billy Casper 12 Nick Faldo 17
Lanny Wadkins 11 Seve Ballesteros 15
Raymond Floyd 11 Bernhard Langer 14
Lee Trevino 10 Ian Woosnam 14
Fred Couples 9 José Maria Olazábal 12
Arnold Palmer 9 Neil Coles 12
Jack Nicklaus 9 Tony Jacklin 11
Gene Littler 9 Colin Montgomerie 11
Davis Love III 9 Sam Torrance 10

Most Four-Ball Matches Halved

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Gene Littler 4 Tony Jacklin 3
Brian Huggett 3
Sam Torrance 3