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1963 East Lake Country Club, Atlanta, Georgia

Captains: Arnold Palmer (US), John Fallon (GB)
USA 23 - GB 9


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With Britain determining that a non-playing Captain was more advantageous to planning strategy in a Ryder Cup competition, the U.S. didn't follow the cue. Arnold Palmer debuted in style as a playing Captain and led his team to the second largest victory margin in Ryder Cup history. It was the first Ryder Cup Matches with fourball competition, increasing the point total to 32 points. Palmer had already won the Masters three times, the U.S. Open once and the British Open twice before earning PGA membership and subsequent Ryder Cup eligibility. Joining Palmer were rookies Tony Lema, Billy Maxwell, Johnny Pott and Dave Ragan. "This team would beat the rest of the world combined," said Palmer before the Matches. Palmer's bold assessment proved true as America swept the second series of foursomes, then took the fourballs, 6-2, and rolled to victory in the singles, 7 ½ to ½.

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Foursomes: Morning
B Huggett & G Will (3 & 2)1A Palmer & J Pott0
P Alliss & C O'Connor0W Casper & D Ragan (1 hole)1
N C Coles & B J Hunt (halved)½J Boros & A Lema (halved)½
D Thomas & H Weetman (halved)½G Littler & D Finsterwald (halved)½
Foursomes: Afternoon
D Thomas & H Weetman0W Maxwell & R Goalby (4 & 3)1
B Huggett & G Will0A Palmer & W Casper (5 & 4)1
N C Coles & G M Hunt (2 & 1)1G Littler & D Finsterwald0
T B Haliburton & B J Hunt0J Boros & A Lema (1 hole)1
Fourballs: Morning
B Huggett & D Thomas0A Palmer & D Finsterwald (5 & 4)1
P Alliss & B J Hunt (halved)½G Littler & J Boros (halved)½
H Weetman & G Will0W Casper & W Maxwell (3 & 2)1
N C Coles & C O'Connor0R Goalby & D Ragan (1 hole)1
Fourballs: Afternoon
N C Coles & C O'Connor0A Palmer & D Finsterwald (3 & 2)1
P Alliss & B J Hunt0A Lema & J Pott (1 hole)1
T B Haliburton & G M Hunt0W Casper & W Maxwell (2 & 1)1
B Huggett & D Thomas (halved)½R Goalby & D Ragan (halved)½
Singles: Morning
G M Hunt0A Lema (5 & 3)1
B Huggett (3 & 1)1J Pott0
P Alliss (1 hole)1A Palmer0
N C Coles (halved)½W Casper (halved)½
D Thomas0R Goalby (3 & 2)1
C O'Connor0G Littler (1 hole)1
H Weetman (1 hole)1J Boros0
B J Hunt (2 holes)1D Finsterwald0
Singles: Afternoon
G Will0A Palmer (3 & 2)1
N C Coles0D Ragan (2 & 1)1
P Alliss (halved)½A Lema (halved)½
T B Haliburton0G Littler (6 & 5)1
H Weetman0J Boros (2 & 1)1
C O'Connor0W Maxwell (2 & 1)1
D Thomas0D Finsterwald (4 & 3)1
B J Hunt0R Goalby (2 & 1)1
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