1973 Muirfield, Muirfield, Scotland

Captains: Jack Burke (US), Bernard Hunt (GB & Ireland)
USA 19 - GB & I 13

Photos for1973

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Team USA

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Jack Nicklaus of the USA tees off
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Tony Jacklin plays out of the bunker
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In the first Ryder Cup Matches to be contested in Scotland, players from the Republic of Ireland were eligible to compete for the British Team. The host's bid to end a seven-Match U.S. winning streak took a fateful turn prior to the opening of the second-day foursomes. Britain's Bernard Gallacher, who had teamed for two important foursomes victories in a 5 ½ to 2 ½ Great Britain advantage, contracted food poisoning. Peter Butler was summoned from bed just 1 ½ hours before his tee time to replace Gallacher and join teammate Brian Barnes. Butler responded by becoming the first player to record a hole-in-one in Ryder Cup history. He aced the par-3 16th hole in the morning foursomes, but U.S. opponents Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf claimed a 1-up victory. Butler and Barnes also fell in the afternoon Four-Ball, 2-up, to Arnold Palmer and J.C. Snead.

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Foursomes: Morning
B W Barnes & B J Gallacher (1 hole) 1 L Trevino & W J Casper 0
C O'Connor & N C Coles (3 & 2) 1 T Weiskopf & J C Snead 0
A Jacklin & P A Oosterhuis (halved) ½ J Rodriguez & L Graham (halved) ½
M Bembridge & P J Butler (1 hole) 0 J W Nicklaus & A Palmer (6 & 5) 1
Four-Ball:: Afternoon
B W Barnes & B J Gallacher (5 & 4) 1 T Aaron & G Brewer 0
M E Bembridge & B G C Huggett (3 & 1) 1 A Palmer & J W Nicklaus 0
A Jacklin & P Oosterhuis (3 & 1) 1 T Weiskopf & W J Casper 0
C O'Connor & N C Coles 0 L Trevino & H Blancas (2 & 1) 1
Foursomes: Morning
B W Barnes & P J Butler 0 J W Nicklaus & T Weiskopf (1 hole) 1
P A Oosterhuis & A Jacklin (2 holes) 1 A Palmer & D Hill 0
M E Bembridge & B G C Huggett (5 & 4) 1 J Rodriguez & L Graham 0
N C Coles & C O'Connor 0 L Trevino & W Casper (2 & 1) 1
Four-Ball:: Afternoon
B W Barnes & P J Butler 0 J C Snead & A Palmer (2 holes) 1
A Jacklin & P A Oosterhuis 0 G Brewer & W Casper (3 & 2) 1
C Clark & E Polland 0 J W Nicklaus & T Weiskopf (3 & 2) 1
M E Bembridge & B G C Huggett (halved) ½ L Trevino & H Blancas (halved) ½
Singles: Morning
B W Barnes 0 W J Casper (2 & 1) 1
B J Gallacher 0 T Weiskopf (3 & 1) 1
P J Butler 0 H Blancas (5 & 4) 1
A Jacklin (3 & 1) 1 T Aaron 0
N C Coles (halved) ½ G Brewer (halved) ½
C O'Connor 0 J C Snead (1 hole) 1
M E Bembridge (halved) ½ J W Nicklaus (halved) ½
P A Oosterhuis (halved) ½ L Trevino(halved) ½
Singles: Afternoon
B G C Huggett (4 & 2) 1 H Blancas 0
B W Barnes 0 J C Snead (3 & 1) 1
B J Gallacher 0 G Brewer (6 & 5) 1
A Jacklin 0 W J Casper (2 & 1) 1
N C Coles 0 L Trevino (6 & 5) 1
C O'Connor (halved) ½ T Weiskopf (halved) ½
M E Bembridge 0 J W Nicklaus (2 holes) 1
P A Oosterhuis (4 & 2) 1 A Palmer 0