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How notable players did in their first Ryder Cups

Justin Thomas will be making his Ryder Cup debut in September when the U.S. team travels to France to take on Europe. The pressure will be on, as the U.S. looks to defend the title for the first time since 2010. We wondered, how have other notable players done in their Ryder Cup debuts?

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From Walter Hagen captaining the U.S. team to victory in the very first Ryder Cup to Jack Nicklaus’ concession at Royal Birkdale in his debut, there have been some impressive storylines out of first appearances. Here are some of the top names:

WALTER HAGEN

(Hagen, holding the Ryder Cup trophy on the left at the 1927 Ryder Cup)

Debut: 1927 Ryder Cup at Worcester Country Club in Worcester

Foursome:  Hagen/Johnny Golden win 2&1 against Ted Ray/Fred Robson

Singles: Hagen wins 2&1 against Arthur Havers

Record: 2-0-0

Result: U.S. wins 9 ½ to 2 ½

 

SAM SNEAD

(Snead, top row, second from right, at the 1939 Ryder Cup, his second ever)

Debut: 1937 Ryder Cup at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club in Southport, England

Foursome: DNP

Singles: Snead wins 5&4 against Dick Burton

Record: 1-0-0

Result: U.S. wins 8-4

 

BEN HOGAN

(Hogan, second from left at the 1947 Ryder Cup)

Debut: 1947 Ryder Cup at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Oregon

Foursome: Hogan/Jimmy Demaret win 2 up against Jimmy Adams/Max Faulkner

Singles: DNP

Record: 1-0-0

Result: U.S. wins 11 to 1

 

ARNOLD PALMER

(Palmer, sixth from right, at the 1961 Ryder Cup)

Debut: 1961 Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lytham St. Annes, England

Foursomes: Palmer/Billy Casper win 2&1 against Dai Rees/Ken Bousfield; win 5&4 against John Panton/Bernard Hunt

Singles: Palmer halves against Peter Alliss; wins 2&1 against Tom Haliburton

Record: 3-0-1

Result: U.S. wins 14 ½ to 9 ½

 

JACK NICKLAUS

Debut: 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

Foursomes: Nicklaus/Dan Sikes win 1 up against Peter Butler/Bernard Hunt

Four-ball: Nicklaus/Sikes lose 1 up against Tony Jacklin/Neil Coles

Singles: Nicklaus loses 4&3 to Jacklin; halves with Jacklin

Record: 1-2-1

Result: Draw, U.S. retains

 

PHIL MICKELSON

Debut: 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York

Foursomes: DNP

Four-ball: Mickelson/Corey Pavin win 6&4 against Bernhard Langer/Per-Ulrik Johansson; Mickelson/Jay Haas win 3&2 against Seve Ballesteros/David Gilford

Singles: Mickelson wins 2&1 against Johansson

Record: 3-0-0

Result: Europe wins 14 ½ to 13 ½

 

TIGER WOODS

Debut: 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain

Four-ball: Woods/Mark O’Meara win 3&2 against Colin Montgomorie/Bernhard Langer; Woods/O’Meara lose 2&1 against Nick Faldo/Lee Westwood

Foursomes: Woods/O’Meara lose 5&3 to Langer/Montgomerie; Woods/Justin Leonard halved against Jesper Parnevik/Ignacio Garrido

Singles: Woods loses 4&2 against Costantino Rocca

Record: 1-3-1

Result: Europe wins 14 ½ to 13 ½

 

PATRICK REED

Debut: 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland

Four-ball: Reed/Jordan Spieth win 5&4 against Stephen Gallacher/Ian Poulter; win 5&3 against Thomas Bjorn/Martin Kaymer

Foursomes: Reed/Spieth halved against Kaymer/Justin Rose

Singles: Reed wins 1 up against Henrik Stenson
Record: 3-0-1

Result: Europe wins 16 ½ to 11 ½

 

JORDAN SPIETH

Debut: 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland

Four-ball: Spieth/Patrick Reed win 5&4 against Stephen Gallacher/Ian Poulter; win 5&3 against Thomas Bjorn/Martin Kaymer

Foursomes: Spieth/Reed halved against Kaymer/Justin Rose

Singles: Spieth loses 2&1 against Graeme McDowell

Record: 2-1-1

Result: Europe wins 16 ½ to 11 ½