2012 Ryder Cup 13th Man
The 13th Man Creed
I am the 13th Man.
I support, with pride, my Ryder Cup team.
I value sportsmanship over partisanship.
I do not cheer failure.
At the Ryder Cup, putts are holed, arms go up, dreams are claimed.
Men become legends.
And we, the witnesses,
take home memories we'll share forever.
I'll be watching. I'll be cheering.
I am the 13th Man.
|Know Your Ryder Cup!|
|-- The Ryder Cup is among the last great professional sporting events in which winning -- not prize money -- is its own reward.||-- The Ryder Cup spans 38 competitions over 84 years. The United States has posted 25 victories, Great Britain/Europe has won 11 times and there have been two ties.|
|-- Samuel Ryder was an English seed merchant who sponsored the first Ryder Cup and is credited with its invention.||-- The U.S. team defeated Great Britain by a margin of 9½ to 2½, in the 1927 inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass.|
-- The figure depicted on top of the Ryder Cup trophy is Abe Mitchell, who taught Samuel Ryder how to play golf. Mitchell was due to play in the inaugural 1927 Ryder Cup, but was forced to withdraw because of appendicitis.
|-- In the event of an injury to a player on either team, each Ryder Cup Captain keeps the name of one team member in a sealed envelope. This man will withdraw from the singles competition if either team is unable to field the full 12-man roster. Each team will then be awarded half a point.|
|-- Medinah Country Club, host venue of the 2012 Ryder Cup, evolved from 650 acres of farmland and forest, originally known as Meacham Grove.||-- Ralph Guldahl, who served as head golf pro at Medinah Country Club from 1945-1948, was a member of the winning 1937 U.S. Ryder Cup team.|
|-- During World War II, a flock of sheep kept Medinah Country Club's courses in trim.||-- Years ago, a camel named "Miss Medinah" was a mascot for special events at Medinah Country Club, but made her home at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.|
|-- Billy Casper holds the U.S. Ryder Cup record for most points won, with 23½. Casper also captained the U.S. to victory in 1979.||-- Arnold Palmer, with 22 match wins, is America's all-time leader in Ryder Cup victories, and was the last playing Captain in a Ryder Cup (1963).|
|-- Davis Love III, the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, has played on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and has a 3-1-2 record in singles. He was an Assistant Ryder Cup Captain in 2010.||-- José María Olazábal, the 2012 European Ryder Cup Captain, has competed on seven European Ryder Cup teams and has a record of 18-8-5. He was a Vice Captain in 2008 and 2010.|
|-- Cary Middlecoff, who played on three U.S. Ryder Cup teams (1953, '55, '59), was a dentist before becoming a professional golfer.||-- Denny Shute was the last U.S. Ryder Cup team member to win consecutive PGA Championships (1936 & 1937) before Tiger Woods did so in 1999 and 2000.|
|-- Rookie Phil Mickelson was the only unbeaten player during the 1995 Ryder Cup (3-0-0).||-- Johnny Revolta, a member of the 1935 and 1937 U.S. Ryder Cup teams, was nicknamed the "Iron Master" because of his outstanding short game.|
|-- Peter Jacobsen, a member of the 1985 and 1995 U.S. Ryder Cup teams, appeared as the winner of the fictional U.S. Open in the movie "Tin Cup" starring Kevin Costner.||-- Jackie Burke Jr. (U.S. -- 1951, '53, '55, '57 & '59) and Dave Marr (U.S. -- 1965) are the only set of cousins to have player in the Ryder Cup, albeit not in the same year.|
|-- Marty Furgol, a member of the victorious 1955 U.S. Ryder Cup team, and Ed Furgol, who played for the U.S. in 1957, shared the same last name and the same hometown of New York Mills, NY, but oddly enough, the two golfers weren't related.||-- Gardner Dickinson played on the 1967 and 1971 U.S. Ryder Cup teams, and never lost a match with partner Arnold Palmer (5-0). With a 9-1-0 Ryder Cup match record, Dickinson holds the record for best winning percentage for anyone who participated in at least seven matches.|
|-- From the time the 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup team left for Europe, U.S. Captain Tom Watson kept track of how many hours needed to pass before the Ryder Cup trophy was back in America, counting down the number and posting it on his door at The Belfry. The USA ultimately defeated Europe by a margin of 15 to 13.||-- There have been only six hole-in-ones made in Ryder Cup history; two of them came during the 2006 matches at The K Club in Ireland.|