Building a World Class Team presented by Standard Life: 1935

The victorious 1935 United States Ryder Cup team consisted of: (Back Row, Left to Right) Olin Dutra, Horton Smith, Craig Wood, Walter Hagen (Captain), Sam Parks, Henry Picard. (Front Row, Left to Right) Johnny Revolta, PGA President George Jacobus, Paul Runyan, Gene Sarazen, Ky Laffoon.


Building a World Class Team: 1935

Team USA Ryder Cup Update, May 5, 2014:

Jim Furyk's final-round 65 at the Wells Fargo Championship not only earned him second-place money in the tournament, but vaulted the 20-year PGA Tour veteran into the top 10 in the latest Team USA Ryder Cup standings.

Based on his strong performance in Charlotte, Furyk, who is vying for his ninth Ryder Cup appearance, moved from No. 17 to No. 7. Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson also moved up one spot each, with Mickelson eighth and Johnson ninth. Furyk turns 44 on May 12.

Harris English, who has but one top-15 finish in his last five tournaments, dropped from No. 7 to No. 10, while Jason Dufner, who was at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, fell out of the top 10 from No. 8 to No. 11

With his win Sunday, J.B. Holmes leapt from No. 62 to No. 18, supplanting Kevin Na in the top 20. Holmes, three years removed from brain surgery, is looking to make his second Ryder Cup team; he was a member of the 2008 U.S. team that was victorious at Valhalla.

Why Great Teamwork Matters


John L. Byrwa, Senior Site Producer

The best teams are often comprised of the best and most talented individuals. It's safe to assume that back in 1935, no one argued that the best and most talented players of their time made up two of the best Ryder Cup teams of all time.

Led by the three Whitcombe brothers — Charles, Ernest and Reg, who were among England's most talented golfers of their generation -- the Great Britain & Ireland team traveled to Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N. J., flush with confidence after winning two of the previous three Ryder Cups. The 1933 matches was a thrilling 6 1/2-5 1/2 victory at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club in Southport, England, that went down to the final hole of the final match (Britain’s Syd Easterbrook defeated American Denny Shute for the decisive point when Shute three-putted from 30 feet). Joining the stout Whitcombes were stalwarts Percy Alliss, a veteran of four Ryder Cups and the father of World Golf Hall of Fame British golf announcer and future Ryder Cup member Peter Alliss, and Alf Padgham, who would go on to win the 1936 Open Championship.

Building a World Class Team But the Americans, led by many of names that golf fans of today still recognize as among the finest players ever, would make sure that it would be at least two more years before a home team would suffer defeat on its own soil in what was fast becoming golf's most prestigious and highest-attended event in the world. Captained by playing captain Walter Hagen, the Americans were led by stars Olin Dutra, Gene Sarazen, Paul Runyan, Horton Smith, Henry Picard, Johnny Revolta and Craig Wood, who among them would go on the win a whopping 28 majors titles.

In the Day One Foursomes matches, the Americans would set the tone for what would turn out to be a dominating victory. Sarazen and Hagen easily defeated Alf Perry and Jack Busson 7 and 6, Picard and Revolta had little problem defeating Padgham and Alliss 6 and 5, and Runyon and Smith wholloped Bill Cox and Edward Jarman 9 and 8, lifting the Americans to a 3-0 early lead. Only Charles and Ernest Whitcombe's 1-up win over Dutra and Ky Laffoon saved the Great Britain & Ireland team from suffering a shutout.

On Day Two, it was more of the same as the Americans won their first four matches to clinch the Ryder Cup before cruising to a 6-2 singles victory. The only drama of Day Two came when Great Britain & Ireland captain Charles Whitcombe elected to sit out the singles as he apparently felt all three Whitcombes in the matches at the same time was unfair to other teammates. But Hagen did the same and watched happily from the gallery as his team won the Ryder Cup for the third time in five tries.

Following the 1935 Ryder Cup, Hagen retired from competing in an event he had helped launch with a 7-1-1 career record.