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Tom Kite (pictured) and Fred Couples hold the record for the largest match win in Ryder Cup history.
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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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Margin Year Format Match
8 and 7 1989 Singles Tom Kite def. Howard Clark
8 and 7 1997 Singles Fred Couples def. Ian Woosnam
7 and 6 1979 Foursomes Hale Irwin/Tom Kite def. Ken Brown/Des Smyth
7 and 6 1991 Foursomes Paul Azinger/Mark O'Meara def. Sir Nick Faldo/David Gilford
7 and 6 2012 Foursomes Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson def. Lee Westwood/Luke Donald
7 and 6 1969 Singles Miller Barber/Maurice Bembridge
7 and 6 1971 Singles Lee Trevino def. Brian Huggett
7 and 6 1997 Singles Tom Lehman def. Ignacio Garrido
7 and 5 1983 Foursomes Gil Morgan/Lanny Wadkins def. Sam Torrance/J.M. Canizares
7 and 5 1985 Foursomes J.M. Canizares/Jose Rivero def. Tom Kite/Calvin Peete
7 and 5 1993 Foursomes Ian Woosnam/Bernhard Langer def. Paul Azinger/Payne Stewart
7 and 5 1981 Four-ball Lee Trevino/Jerry Pate def. Sir Nick Faldo/Sam Torrance
6 and 5 1981 Four-ball Des Smyth/J.M. Canizares def. Bill Rogers/Bruce Lietzke
6 and 5 1989 Four-ball Seve Ballesteros/J.M. Olazabal def. Tom Watson/Mark O'Meara
6 and 5 1993 Four-ball Ian Woosnam/Peter Baker def. Fred Couples/Paul Azinger
6 and 5 1995 Four-ball Jeff Maggert/Loren Roberts def. Sam Torrance/Costantino Rocca
6 and 5 1963 Singles Gene Littler def. Tom Haliburton
6 and 5 1973 Singles Gay Brewer def. Bernhard Gallacher
6 and 5 1973 Singles Lee Trevino def. Neil Coles
6 and 5 1999 Singles Davis Love III def. Jean Van de Velde
6 and 4 1965 Four-ball Arnold Palmer/Dave Marr def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor
6 and 4 1995 Four-ball Corey Pavin/Phil Mickelson def. Bernhard Langer/Per-Ulrik Johansson
6 and 4 1965 Singles Tony Lema def. Christy O'Connor
6 and 4 1981 Singles Ben Crenshaw def. Des Smyth
6 and 4 2004 Singles Jim Furyk def. David Howell
6 and 4 2010 Singles Dustin Johnson def. Martin Kaymer
6 and 4 2018 Singles Tony 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.