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1955 Thunderbird Golf & Country Club, Palm Springs, California

Captains: Chick Harbert (US), Dai Rees (GB)
USA 8 - GB 4

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Bill Campbell practices his swing
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The backbone of this U.S. victory was the dynamic quartet of Tommy Bolt, Jack Burke Jr., Doug Ford and Sam Snead. They had two victories apiece to account for all of the American points. Chick Harbert was named U.S. Captain, who guided a team featuring five rookies: Jerry Barber, Bolt, Ford, Marty Furgol and Chandler Harper. The British Team was the first comprised of the top seven players earning points through the Order of Merit. Those seven chose the three at-large players. The only cliff-hanger match was Bolt and Burke's 1-up struggle over Arthur Lees and Harry Weetman. The Americans gained a 1-up lead heading into the 18th hole when Bolt and Lees each hit outstanding approach shots. But Burke and Weetman each holed birdie putts to give the U.S. a key point and a 3-1 foursomes lead. Lord Brabazon of Tara, then president of the Professional Golfers Association of Great Britain, said in the closing ceremony, "We have learned a lot, although we have lost, and we are going back to practice in the streets and on the beaches."

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J Fallon & J R M Jacobs (1 hole) 1 C Harper & J Barber 0
E C Brown & S S Scott 0 D Ford & T Kroll (5 & 4) 1
A Lees & H Weetman 0 J Burke & T Bolt (1 hole) 1
H Bradshaw & D J Rees 0 S Snead & C Middlecoff (3 & 2) 1
C O'Connor 0 T Bolt (4 & 2) 1
S S Scott 0 C Harbert (3 & 2) 1
J R M Jacobs (1 hole) 1 C Middlecoff 0
D J Rees 0 S Snead (3 & 1) 1
A Lees (3 & 2) 1 M Furgol 0
E C Brown (3 & 2) 1 J Barber 0
H Bradshaw 0 J Burke (3 & 2) 1
H Weetman 0 D Ford (3 & 2) 1