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1947 Portland Golf Club, Portland, Oregon

Captains: Ben Hogan (US), Henry Cotton (GB)
USA 11 - GB 1

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Team USA

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Henry Cotton approach shot for Great Britain
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Team Great Britain at Mid-Surrey Golf Course
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It's doubtful the Ryder Cup Matches would have resumed in 1947 had an Oregon fruit grower and canner, Robert A. Hudson, not come forward to fund the British team. Food rationing was still in force in Britain when Hudson, who also was a member of the PGA Advisory Committee (1946-68), stepped up and offered his help and the use of Portland Golf Club as the host site. Hudson was the perfect host, meeting the British team in New York after they arrived on the Queen Mary and joining the players for a 3 ½-day rail journey to the Pacific Northwest. During the trip, Britain's Max Faulkner -- who had requested the train route in advance -- surprised his teammates by citing American history along the route. Once at Portland Golf Club, the Americans were overwhelming in their dominance on a course that suffered under extreme wet conditions. Only Britain's Sam King was able to muster a point, defeating Herman Keiser, 4 and 3, in the singles. Following the Matches, Hudson sent Christmas baskets of food to all members of the British Team and others he met in 1947 and again in 1951. Even when food rationing ended, the baskets continued to arrive. The U.S. Team featured Byron Nelson and Sam Snead, the only members of the 1937 unit. It was the first U.S. team selected via a points system, designed by PGA Tournament Committee Chairman George Schneiter. The British Team returned Dai Rees, Henry Cotton and King. Following the Matches, The PGA of America's Tournament Bureau made every effort to schedule as many exhibition matches as possible throughout the nation for the British Team. Taking the cue from Hudson, the Professional Golfers Association of Great Britain began rallying on its own to build funding for the event.

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T H Cotton & A Lees 0 European Names 1
F Daly & C H Ward 0 European Names 1
J Adams & M Faulkner 0 B Hogan & J Demaret (2 holes) 1
D J Rees & S L King 0 B Nelson & H Barron (2 & 1) 1
F Daly 0 E J Harrison (5 & 4) 1
J Adams 0 L Worsham (3 & 2) 1
M Faulkner 0 L Mangrum (6 & 5) 1
C H Ward 0 E Oliver (4 & 3) 1
A Lees 0 B Nelson (2 & 1) 1
T H Cotton 0 S Snead (5 & 4) 1
D J Rees 0 J Demaret (3 & 2) 1
S L King (4 & 3) 1 H Keiser 0