Ryder Cup


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Ryder Cup Captains Between 1927-2012
Year GB&I/Europe United States
1927 Ted Ray Walter Hagen
1929 George Duncan Walter Hagen
1931 Charles Whitcombe Walter Hagen
1933 J.H. Taylor* Walter Hagen
1935 Charles Whitcombe Walter Hagen
1937 Charles Whitcombe Walter Hagen*
1939#   Walter Hagen
(Vic Ghezzi)
1941#   Walter Hagen
1947 Sir Henry Cotton Ben Hogan
(Walter Hagen)
1949 Charles Whitcombe* Ben Hogan*
(Ed Dudley)
1951 Arthur Lacey* Sam Snead
1953 Henry Cotton* Lloyd Mangrum
1955 Dai Rees Chick Harbert
(Lloyd Mangrum)
1957 Dai Rees Jack Burke Jr
1959 Dai Rees Sam Snead
1961 Dai Rees Jerry Barber
1963 John Fallon* Arnold Palmer
1965 Harry Weetman* Byron Nelson*
1967 Dai Rees* Ben Hogan*
1969 Eric Brown* Sam Snead*
1971 Eric Brown* Jay Herbert*
1973 Bernard Hunt* Jack Burke Jr*
1975 Bernard Hunt* Arnold Palmer
1977 Brian Huggett* Dow Finsterwald*
1979 John Jacobs* Billy Casper*
1981 John Jacobs* Dave Marr*
1983 Tony Jacklin* Jack Nicklaus*
1985 Tony Jacklin* Lee Trevino*
1987 Tony Jacklin* Jack Nicklaus*
1989 Tony Jacklin* Raymond Floyd*
1991 Bernard Gallacher* Dave Stockton*
1993 Bernard Gallacher* Tom Watson*
1995 Bernard Gallacher* Lanny Wadkins*
1997 Seve Ballesteros* Tom Kite*
1999 Mark James* Ben Crenshaw*
2002 Sam Torrance* Curtis Strange*
2004 Bernard Langer* Hal Sutton*
2006 Ian Woosnam* Tom Lehman*
2008 Nick Faldo* Paul Azinger*
2010 Colin Montgomerie* Corey Pavin*
2012 José Maria Olazábal* Davis Love III*
*Non-playing Captain
#USA teams selected but no matches played. GB&I named eight players only for the 1939 proposed match.
(names in parentheses indicate Honorary Captains)
Total Points Over 39 Matches
Team points 397
Foursome points 112½
Four-Ball points 93½
Singles points 191
Largest Margin of Victory
2004 in Oakland Hills, Michigan & 2006 in Straffan, Ireland 18½ to 9½
1985 in The Belfry, England 16½ to 11
1957 in Yorkshire, England 7½ to 4½
2002 in The Belfry, England 15½ to 12½
Most Consecutive Ryder Cup Victories
3 by Europe 2002-'04-'06
Number of Ryder Cup Matches Won
Europe 12 wins - (9 as Europe, 3 as GB&I)
Tied 2
Most Ryder Cup Appearances
Nick Faldo 11 1977-'79-'81-'83-'85-'87-'89-'91-'93-'95-'97
Christy O' Connor Sr. 10 1955-'57-'59-'61-'63-'65-'67-'69-'71-'73
Bernhard Langer 10 1981-'83-'85-'87-'89-'91-'93-'95-'97-'02
Dai Rees 9 1937-'47-'49-'51-'53-'55-'57-'59-'61
Ryder Cup Teams Winning All Points in a Series
Foursomes United States won the series
United States won the second series
United States won the first series
United States won the second series
4-0
4-0
4-0
4-0
1947
1963
1975
1981
Four-Ball United States won the first series
United States won the first series
Europe won the first series
Europe won the first series
4-0
4-0
4-0
4-0
1967
1971
1987
1989
Singles No side has ever won all the single matches
Breakdown of Points Won in the 39 Matches Between 1927-2012
  United States Great Britain and Ireland/Europe
Total team points 503 397
Total foursome points
257 matches (1927 to 2012)
144.5 112.5
Total four-ball points
197 matches (1963 to 2012)
103½ 93½
Total single points
446 matches (1927 to 2012)
255 191
Comparison of the United States and Europe Between 1985-2012
  United States Europe
Wins 4 9
Tied 1 1
Matches won 155 188
Points won 184½ 207½
Foursome points won 53½ 58½
Four-ball points won 46½ 65½
Single points won 84½ 83½
Rookies record 72 wins, 84 losses, 27 halves 54 wins, 58 losses, 30 halves
Captain's Picks 48 wins, 39 losses, 19 halves 59 wins, 52 losses, 12 halves
Most Matches Played
Nick Faldo 46
Bernhard Langer 42
Neil Coles 40
Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood 37
Christy O'Connor Sr., Colin Montgomerie 36
Tony Jacklin 35
Bernard Gallacher 31
Ian Woosnam 31
José Maria Olazábal 31
Most Points Won
Nick Faldo 25
Bernhard Langer 24
Colin Montgomerie 23½
Seve Ballesteros 22½
Lee Westwood 21
José Maria Olazábal 20½
Sergio Garcia 18
Tony Jacklin 17
Ian Woosnam 16½
Bernard Gallacher 15½
Peter Oosterhuis 15½
Neil Coles 15½
Most Singles Points Won
Neil Coles, Colin Montgomerie 7
Nick Faldo
Peter Oosterhuis
Peter Alliss
Bernard Gallacher 6
Bernhard Langer
Bernard Hunt
Most Foursome Points Won
Bernhard Langer 11½
Nick Faldo 11
Seve Ballesteros 10½
Tony Jacklin 10
Colin Montgomerie
Sergio Garcia
Lee Westwood
José Olazábal
Christy O'Connor
Brian Huggett 6
Most Four-Ball Points Won
Ian Woosnam, José Olazábal 10½
Lee Westwood 9
Seve Ballesteros 9
Nick Faldo, Sergio Garcia
Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie 7
Darren Clarke
Peter Oosterhuis
Mark James 5
Best Point Percentage (Minimum of 3 Ryder Cup Matches)
José Maria Olazábal (18-8-3) 67%
Sergio Garcia (16-8-4) 64%
Colin Montgomerie (17-8-7) 66%
Abe Mitchell (4-2-0) 65%
Seve Ballesteros (20-12-5) 59%
Percy Alliss (3-2-1) 58%
Most Foursome Matches
Nick Faldo 18
Bernhard Langer 18
Lee Westwood 15
Seve Ballesteros 14
Colin Montgomerie 14
Christy O'Connor Sr. 13
Tony Jacklin 13
Neil Coles 13
Peter Alliss 11
Most Singles Matches
Neil Coles 15
Christy O'Connor Sr. 14
Peter Alliss 12
Nick Faldo 11
Tony Jacklin 11
Bernard Gallacher 11
Brian Barnes 10
Bernard Hunt 10
Bernhard Langer 10
Dai Rees 10
Most Four-Ball Matches
Nick Faldo 17
Seve Ballesteros 15
Bernhard Langer 14
Ian Woosnam 14
Lee Westwood 14
Colin Montgomerie 14
José Maria Olazábal 14
Neil Coles 12
Sergio Garcia 11
Tony Jacklin 11
Sam Torrance 10
Most Matches Won
Nick Faldo 23
Bernhard Langer 21
Seve Ballesteros 20
Colin Montgomerie 20
José Maria Olazábal 18
Lee Westwood 18
Sergio Garcia 16
Ian Woosnam 14
Peter Oosterhuis 14
Tony Jacklin 13
Bernard Gallacher 13
Neil Coles 12
All-time Most Successful Ryder Cup Partnerships: Great Britain & Ireland / Europe
Partnership Matches Won Lost Halved Points
Seve Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal 15 11 2 2 12
Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood 8 6 2 0 6
Sir Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam 10 5 3 2 6
Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie 7 5 1 1
Bernard Gallacher and Brian Barnes 10 5 4 1
Peter Alliss and Christy O’Connor 10 5 6 1
Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald 6 5 1 0 5
Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood 7 4 1 2 5
Ian Poulter and Justin Rose 5 4 1 0 4
Peter Oosterhuis and Sir Nick Faldo 6 4 2 0 4
Peter Oosterhuis and Tony Jacklin 7 3 2 2 4
Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle 4 3 0 1
Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik 4 3 0 1
Colin Montgomerie and Sir Nick Faldo 7 3 3 1
Neil Coles and Christy O’Connor 7 3 3 1
All-time Most Successful Ryder Cup Partnerships: Great Britain & Ireland / Europe
Partnership Year Points
Sir Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam 1987 3½ out of 4
Seve Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal 1989 3½ out of 4
Seve Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal 1991 3½ out of 4
Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik 1999 3½ out of 4
Sandy Lyle and Bernhard Langer 10 3 out of 3
Peter Alliss and Christy O’Connor 10 3 out of 4
Bernard Gallacher and Brian Barnes 6 3 out of 4
Sir Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer 7 3 out of 4
Seve Ballesteros and Manuel Piñero 5 3 out of 4
Seve Ballesteros and  José Maria Olazábal 6 3 out of 4
Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood 7 3 out of 4