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The biggest individual match wins in the history of the Ryder Cup

Technically, the biggest possible margin of victory for a single, 18-hole match in match play is 17 and 15 with one player winning on the third hole.

But that would require a series of unfortunate incidents, to put it mildly. Thanks to Doug Ferguson and the USGA, we know that is possible only if the losing player committed seven violations, including having two caddies, having a parent as a caddie and taking an unauthorized cart ride, and all of the violations would have to be discovered on the second hole. In short, it's an incredibly unlikely outcome.

Based purely on on-course results, 10 and 8 is the biggest – and earliest – win possible in match play if a player or pairing were to win each of the first 10 holes.

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However, the largest margin of victory in a match in Ryder Cup history is 8 and 7. It's been done twice in singles.

Here are the biggest match wins ever in the Ryder Cup.

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MarginYearFormatMatch
8 and 71989SinglesTom Kite def. Howard Clark
8 and 71997SinglesFred Couples def. Ian Woosnam
7 and 61979FoursomesHale Irwin/Tom Kite def. Ken Brown/Des Smyth
7 and 61991FoursomesPaul Azinger/Mark O'Meara def. Sir Nick Faldo/David Gilford
7 and 62012FoursomesKeegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson def. Lee Westwood/Luke Donald
7 and 61969SinglesMiller Barber/Maurice Bembridge
7 and 61971SinglesLee Trevino def. Brian Huggett
7 and 61997SinglesTom Lehman def. Ignacio Garrido
7 and 51983FoursomesGil Morgan/Lanny Wadkins def. Sam Torrance/J.M. Canizares
7 and 51985FoursomesJ.M. Canizares/Jose Rivero def. Tom Kite/Calvin Peete
7 and 51993FoursomesIan Woosnam/Bernhard Langer def. Paul Azinger/Payne Stewart
7 and 51981Four-ballLee Trevino/Jerry Pate def. Sir Nick Faldo/Sam Torrance
6 and 51981Four-ballDes Smyth/J.M. Canizares def. Bill Rogers/Bruce Lietzke
6 and 51989Four-ballSeve Ballesteros/J.M. Olazabal def. Tom Watson/Mark O'Meara
6 and 51993Four-ballIan Woosnam/Peter Baker def. Fred Couples/Paul Azinger
6 and 51995Four-ballJeff Maggert/Loren Roberts def. Sam Torrance/Costantino Rocca
6 and 51963SinglesGene Littler def. Tom Haliburton
6 and 51973SinglesGay Brewer def. Bernhard Gallacher
6 and 51973SinglesLee Trevino def. Neil Coles
6 and 51999SinglesDavis Love III def. Jean Van de Velde
6 and 41965Four-ballArnold Palmer/Dave Marr def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor
6 and 41995Four-ballCorey Pavin/Phil Mickelson def. Bernhard Langer/Per-Ulrik Johansson
6 and 41965SinglesTony Lema def. Christy O'Connor
6 and 41981SinglesBen Crenshaw def. Des Smyth
6 and 42004SinglesJim Furyk def. David Howell
6 and 42010SinglesDustin Johnson def. Martin Kaymer
6 and 42018SinglesTony Finau def. Tommy Fleetwood

The largest of victory so at the 2018 Ryder Cup was Tony Finau winning 6 and 4 over Tommy Fleetwood. The European side had five matches they won 5 and 4 throughout the three days of competition.

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