Ryder Cup Logo Ryder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland

1951 Pinehurst Country Club, Pinehurst, North Carolina

Captains: Sam Snead (US), Arthur Lacey (GB)
USA 9 ½ - GB 2 ½

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The only visit by the Ryder Cup Matches to Pinehurst Resort and Country Club featured a bit of everything. Midway through the Matches, the competition was suspended in order that members of both teams could attend a college football game at Chapel Hill, N.C., between North Carolina and Tennessee. North Carolina was routed, 27-0, and it may have been an omen for the British spectators who had attended their first American football game Captain Sam Snead, who has often called Pinehurst No. 2 his favorite course, "quarterbacked" the American charge by teaming with Lloyd Mangrum for a 5 and 4 decision in the foursomes and downing Max Faulkner in singles, 4 and 3. So convincing was the American performance that only two of the 12 matches reached the 18th hole. Arthur Lees scored all of Britain's 2 ½ points. Overlooked in the American rout was the play of Jimmy Demaret, who would retire from Ryder Cup competition with the best unbeaten mark in event history (6-0-0). Dai Rees, the veteran Briton who would end his career a decade later after nine Ryder Cup appearances, paid Demaret the utmost praise after a 2-up defeat: "Jimmy performed wondrous things in bunkers. I regard him as the greatest sand player I have ever seen. He was in 11 greenside bunkers that day and on 10 occasions he got down with a splash and a putt." Demaret capped his performance at Pinehurst by holing out for a birdie 2 from a buried lie at the 17th greenside bunker. After the match, Demaret handed his sand wedge to Rees as a gift. Rees later said that he was so enthralled by the club that he copied it for his own set.

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M Faulkner & D J Rees 0 C Heafner & J Burke (5 & 3) 1
C H Ward & A Lees (2 & 1) 1 E Oliver & H Ransom 0
J Adams & J Panton 0 S Snead & L Mangrum (5 & 4) 1
F Daly & K Bousfield 0 B Hogan & J Demaret (5 & 4) 1
J Adams 0 J Burke (4 & 3 ) 1
D J Rees 0 J Demaret (2 holes) 1
F Daly (halved) ½ C Heafner (halved) ½
H Weetman 0 L Mangrum (6 & 5) 1
A Lees (2 & 1) 1 E Oliver 0
C H Ward 0 B Hogan (3 & 2) 1
J Panton 0 S Alexander (8 & 7) 1
M Faulkner 0 S Snead (4 & 3) 1

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