1953 Wentworth Golf Club, Wentworth, England

Captains: Lloyd Mangrum (US), Henry Cotton (GB)
USA 6 ½ - GB 5 ½

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Team USA

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Sam Snead and Max Faulkner practice
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Team USA beside plane at London Airport
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In the most hotly contested Ryder Cup Matches since 1933, the Americans didn't gain a victory until the waning hour of the singles matches when Bernard Hunt missed a putt on the 18th green at Wentworth Golf Club to halve with Dave Douglas. Earlier, teammate Peter Alliss took a six at the final hole to drop a 1-up decision to Jim Turnesa. The American team didn't include Ben Hogan, who was enjoying his greatest year and one of the greatest seasons in golf history. Hogan limited his play to 72-hole, four-day medal play events. This precluded his participating in both the PGA Championship (which was conducted too early following his British Open victory) and the Ryder Cup Matches. Both the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup Matches had 36-hole matches during this period. Walter Burkemo took Hogan's place and was joined by newly-crowned Canadian Open champion Douglas, Ted Kroll and former U.S. Open champion Cary Middlecoff. Also among the rookies was Ireland's Harry Bradshaw, who gained a start in the opening day foursomes while veterans Dai Rees and Max Faulkner were held out of the competition by Captain Henry Cotton. In an effort to build camaraderie before the Matches, Cotton took his players to London to see the play Guys and Dolls. However, the relaxation didn't help his team as the U.S. took a 3-1 lead after the foursomes. Alliss and Hunt, unfortunately, shouldered the burden in the waning moments of the singles. Alliss chunked a chip shot on the 18th green and eventually suffered a double bogey six for his halve with Turnesa. Hunt walked through a crowd up the final fairway. He had pushed his second shot near a big tree short and right of the green. He overshot the green with his approach and needed three putts from there to lose the hole and halve with Douglas. Following the Matches, U.S. Captain Lloyd Mangrum said he would "never, never captain an American team again because of the 9,000 deaths I suffered in the last hour."

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Foursomes
H Weetman & P Alliss 0 D Douglas & E Oliver (2 & 1) 1
E C Brown & J Panton 0 L Mangrum & S Snead (8 & 7) 0
J Adams & B J Hunt 0 T Kroll & J Burke (7 & 5) 0
F Daly & H Bradshaw (1 hole) 1 W Burkemo & C Middlecoff 0
Singles
D J Rees 0 J Burke (2 & 1) 1
F Daly (9 & 7) 1 T Kroll 0
E C Brown (2 holes) 1 L Mangrum 0
H Weetman (1 hole) 1 S Snead 0
M Faulkner 0 C Middlecoff (3 & 1) 1
P Alliss 0 J Turnesa (1 hole) 1
B J Hunt (halved) ½ D Douglas (halved) ½
H Bradshaw (3 & 2) 1 F Haas 0