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1969 Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England

Captains: Sam Snead (US), Eric Brown (GB)
USA 16 - GB 16


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In the closest contest in Ryder Cup history, 17 of the 32 matches went down to the last hole. With the matches tied going into the last day, the British won five of the eight morning singles. But the U. S. roared back, winning four of the first six afternoon matches to even the score. In Brian Huggett's match against Billy Casper, Huggett made a four-foot putt to halve the match. That left the Ryder Cup to be decided by the last group of Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus, who where tied going into the last hole. In one of golf's most memorable moments of sportsmanship, Nicklaus, playing in his first Ryder Cup Matches, conceded a two-footer to Jacklin after making a four-footer for par on the last green, resulting in the first tie in the Matches' history.

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Foursomes: Morning
N C Coles & B G C Huggett (3 & 2)1M Barber & R Floyd0
B Gallacher & M Bembridge (2 & 1)1L Trevino & K Still0
A Jacklin & P Townsend (3 & 1)1D Hill & T Aaron0
C O'Connor & P Alliss (halved)½W Casper & F Beard (halved)½
Foursomes: Afternoon
N C Coles & B G C Huggett0D Hill & T Aaron (1 hole)1
B Gallacher & M Bembridge0L Trevino & G Littler (1 hole)1
A Jacklin & P Townsend (1 hole)1W Casper & F Beard0
P J Butler & B J Hunt0J Nicklaus & D Sikes (1 hole)1
Fourballs: Morning
C O'Connor & P Townsend (1 hole)1D Hill & D Douglass0
B G C Huggett & G A Caygill (halved)½R Floyd & M Barber (halved)½
B Barnes & P Alliss0L Trevino & G Littler (1 hole)1
A Jacklin & N C Coles (1 hole)1J Nicklaus & D Sikes0
Fourballs: Afternoon
P J Butler & P Townsend0W Casper & F Beard (2 holes)1
B G C Huggett & B Gallacher0D Hill & K Still (2 & 1)1
M Bembridge & B J Hunt (halved)½T Aaron & R Floyd (halved)½
A Jacklin & N C Coles (halved)½L Trevino & M Barber (halved)½
Singles: Morning
P Alliss0L Trevino (2 & 1)1
P Townsend0D Hill (5 & 4)1
N C Coles (1 hole)1T Aaron0
B Barnes0W Casper (1 hole)1
C O'Connor (5 & 4)1F Beard0
M Bembridge (1 hole)1K Still0
P J Butler (1 hole)1R Floyd0
A Jacklin (4 & 3)1J Nicklaus0
Singles: Afternoon
B Barnes0D Hill (4 & 2)1
B Gallacher (4 & 3)1L Trevino0
M Bembridge0M Barber (7 & 6)1
P J Butler (3 & 2)1D Douglass0
N C Coles0D Sikes (4 & 3)1
C O'Connor0G Littler (2 & 1)1
B G C Huggett (halved)½W Casper (halved)½
A Jacklin (halved)½J Nicklaus(halved)½
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