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1927 Worcester Country Club, Worcester, Massachusetts

Captains: Walter Hagen (US), Ted Ray (GB)
USA 9½ - GB 2½

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British team on Cunard Line's RMS Aquitania
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British golfer George Duncan

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Beginning with the first formal match, the U.S. Ryder Cup Team elected to field a team of native-born Americans. Only Walter Hagen, Bill Mehlhorn and Al Watrous remained from the informal U.S. squad of the previous year. The British team was virtually intact from 1926, with the exception of Charles Whitcombe, who replaced his brother Ernie, and Ted Ray, who took over the captain's duties from Abe Mitchell, who was diagnosed with appendicitis. The British Team sailed on the Aquitania from Southampton, a six-day journey. Because the team was undermanned, Professional Golfers' Association Secretary Percy Perrins recruited Herbert Jolly, one of a number of outstanding players from the Channel Islands, to join the team. Jolly boarded the Majestic in Southampton and arrived in New York City four days after the rest of the team. The competition at Worcester Country Club featured four foursomes and eight singles matches. The Americans won nine matches, with only two defeats and one halve. Ted Ray later summed up the initial Matches: "One of the chief reasons for our failure was the superior putting of the American team. They holed out much better than we did."

Flag IconGreat Britain Flag IconUnited States
E Ray & F Robson 0 W Hagen & J Golden (2 & 1) 1
G Duncan & A Compston 0 J Farrell & J Turnesa (8 & 6) 1
A G Havers & H C Jolly 0 G Sarazen & A Watrous (3 & 2) 1
A Boomer & C A Whitcombe (7 & 5) 1 L Diegel & W Mehlhorn 0
A Compston 0 W Mehlhorn (1 hole) 1
A Boomer 0 J Farrell (5 & 4) 1
H C Jolly 0 J Golden (8 & 7) 1
E Ray 0 L Diegel (7 & 5) 1
C A Whitcombe (halved) ½ G Sarazen (halved) ½
A G Havers 0 W Hagen (2 & 1) 1
F Robson 0 A Watrous (3 & 2) 1
G Duncan (1 hole) 1 J Turnesa 0