1937 Southport & Ainsdale Country Club, Southport, England

Captains: Ben Hogan (US), Henry Cotton (GB)
USA 8 - GB 4

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Team USA

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American golfer Byron Nelson
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Captain Walter Hagen of the USA presents trophy
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Shute, Nelson, Smith and Dudley of Team USA
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The first victory by a U.S. Ryder Cup Team on British soil was achieved by a balanced unit featuring rookies Sam Snead, runner-up in that year's U.S. Open, Byron Nelson and Ed Dudley. Walter Hagen served an non-playing captain for the first time while his team faced the most unpleasant weather yet in the series. The U.S. built a 2-1-1 lead after the first-day foursomes and headed into the second day that featured eight singles matches contested in pouring rain through most of the competition. Midway through the final day, Henry Cotton managed a 5 and 3 victory over Tony Manero. That produced a 4-4 tie that gave the British momentary hope. The singles matches, contested over 36 holes, however, featured an "intermission." By lunch, the Americans had the advantage in three of the last four singles and Percy Alliss retained the final bid for the British with a 1-up lead over Gene Sarazen after 18 holes. Alliss gradually built his lead to three holes before Sarazen rallied and squared the match after 14 holes. At the par-3 15th, Alliss' tee shot found the green. Sarazen hit an errant tee shot that bounced back off a spectator and on to the green. Sarazen didn't miss a cue and holed his putt for a birdie and held on for a 1-up victory. The Americans went on to win the final three matches, highlighted by Sam Snead's 5 and 4 victory over Richard Burton. The Ryder Cup Matches were to be resumed in November 1939 at Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Country Club, but the dark clouds of war were breaking rapidly across Europe. The competition wouldn't be renewed for another decade.

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Foursomes
A H Padgham & T H Cotton (4 & 2) 0 E Dudley & B Nelson 1
A J Lacey & W J Cox 0 R Guldahl & T Manero (2 & 1) 1
C A Whitcombe & D J Rees (halved) ½ G Sarazen & D Shute (halved) ½
P Alliss & R Burton (2 & 1) 1 H Picard & J Revolta 0
Singles
A H Padgham 0 D Shute (halved) 1
S L King (halved) ½ D Shute (halved) ½
D J Rees (3 & 1) 1 B Nelson 0
T H Cotton (5 & 3) 1 T Manero 0
P Alliss 0 G Sarazen (1 hole) 1
R Burton 0 S Snead (5 & 4) 1
A Perry 0 E Dudley (2 & 1) 1
A J Lacey 0 H Picard (2 & 1) 1