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The All-Time American Ryder Cup team

The American Ryder Cup team has tasted victory just twice in the last 10 matches played.

However, there was a time when the U.S. dominated its opponents and that's indicative in the overall record of 25-13-2 in the 40 Ryder Cups that have been contested. Most of those U.S. victories came between 1927-1977 when they played a team composed of players from Great Britain & Ireland.

In 1979, players from continental Europe became eligible for the Ryder Cup, increasing the talent pool significantly. Though it took four Ryder Cups with that change in place before Europe finally won in 1985, that opened the floodgates. Since that 1985 victory, the Europeans have gone 9-4-1.

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Back to the American players. Looking at the records of those players who have competed in at least three Ryder Cups, we have assembled the best all-time American Ryder Cup team.

Here's a look at the squad:

1. Arnold Palmer

Ryder Cup appearances: 6
Years played: 1961-63-65-67-71-73
Overall record: 22-8-2
Ryder Cup USA Captain: 1963 (won); 1975 (won)

2. Billy Casper

Ryder Cup appearances: 8
Years played: 1961-63-65-67-69-71-73-75
Overall record: 20-10-7
Ryder Cup USA Captain: 1979 (won)

3. Lanny Wadkins

Ryder Cup appearances: 8
Years played: 1977-79-83-85-87-89-91-93
Overall record: 20-11-3
Ryder Cup USA Captain: 1995 (lost)

4. Lee Trevino

Ryder Cup appearances: 6
Years played: 1969-71-73-75-79-81
Overall record: 17-7-6
Ryder Cup USA Captain: 1985 (lost)

5. Jack Nicklaus

Ryder Cup appearances: 6
Years played: 1969-71-73-75-77-81
Overall record: 17-8-3
Ryder Cup USA Captain: 1983 (won); 1987 (lost)

6. Tom Kite

Ryder Cup appearances: 7
Years played: 1979-81-83-85-87-89-93
Overall record: 15-9-4
Ryder Cup USA Captain: 1997 (lost)

7. Gene Littler

Ryder Cup appearances: 7
Years played: 1961-63-65-67-69-71-75
Overall record: 14-5-8
Ryder Cup USA Captain: N/A

8. Hale Irwin (right)

Ryder Cup appearances: 5
Years played: 1975-77-79-81-91
Overall record: 13-5-2
Ryder Cup USA Captain: N/A

9. Sam Snead

Ryder Cup appearances: 7
Years played: 1937-47-49-51-53-55-59
Overall record: 10-2-1
Ryder Cup USA Captain: 1951 (won); 1959 (won); 1969 (draw, U.S. retained Ryder Cup)

10. Tom Watson

Ryder Cup appearances: 4
Years played: 1977-81-83-89
Overall record: 10-4-1
Ryder Cup USA Captain: 1993 (won); 2014 (lost)

11. J.C. Snead

Ryder Cup appearances: 3
Years played: 1971-73-75
Overall record: 9-2-0
Ryder Cup USA Captain: N/A

12. Jimmy Demaret

Ryder Cup appearances: 3
Years played: 1947-49-51
Overall record: 6-0-0 (only perfect record of U.S. players with at least three Ryder Cup starts)
Ryder Cup USA Captain: N/A