Sept. 21-26, 2021 Whistling Straits, Kohler, WI
Photo Credit: Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth are tied for the most points by any Ryder Cup pairing

With the 2018 American Ryder Cup team now set, Ryder Cup USA Captain Jim Furyk now faces the tough challenge of pairing his golfers to face a formidable European side.

But no matter who is matched with whom, every partnership will have a high bar to reach.

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That bar was set by Arnold Palmer and Gardner Dickinson, who won both of their foursomes matches at the 1967 Ryder Cup, and then both foursomes and a four-ball match in the 1971 Ryder Cup, making them the only pair to go 5-for-5 in their Ryder Cup history.

But the best single Ryder Cup pair came in 1979, when Larry Nelson and Lanny Wadkins played together for two four-ball and two foursome matches and won them all. No other pair has ever won four points in a single Ryder Cup.

But there are still two pairings who performed better over their careers. Here are the four most successful career Ryder Cup pairings:

The 1971 Ryder Cup team, with Gardner Dickinson (front row, farthest right) and Arnold Palmer (front row, third from right).

Arnold Palmer and Gardner Dickinson

1967 Ryder Cup: 2 out of 2 points

1971 Ryder Cup: 3 out of 3 points

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Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth

2014 Ryder Cup: 2 ½ out of 3 points

2016 Ryder Cup: 2 ½ out of 4 points



Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson

1977 Ryder Cup: 1 out of 1 point

1981 Ryder Cup: 3 out of 3 points

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Larry Nelson and Lanny Wadkins

1979 Ryder Cup: 4 out of 4 points

1987 Ryder Cup: 0 out of 2 points


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