The Ryder Cup

A unique international event held every two years pits the best American golfers against the best from Europe and Great Britain.

The Previous Ryder Cup Winners

The Previous Ryder Cup Winners

Year
Site
USA
Eur/GB

Winner

2008

Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky

16 1/2

11 1/2

USA

2006

K Club Golf Course, Straffan, Ireland

9 1/2

18 1/2

Europe

2004

Oakland Hills C.C., Michigan

9 1/2

18 1/2

Europe

2002

Sutton Coldfield, England

12 1/2

15 1/2

Europe

1999

The Country Club, Brookline, MA

14 1/2

13 1/2

USA

1997

Valderrama GC, Sotogrande Spain

13 1/2

14 1/2

Europe/GB

1995

Oak Hill CC, Rochester, NY

13 1/2

14 1/2

Europe/GB

1993

The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, Eng

15

13

USA

1991

The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.

14 1/2

13 1/2

USA

1989

The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, Eng

14

14

USA/Europe/GB

1987

Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

13

15

Europe/GB

1985

The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, Eng

11 1/2

16 1/2

Europe/GB

1983

PGA Ntnl GC, Palm Beach Gdns, Fla.

14 1/2

13 1/2

USA

1981

Walton Health GC, Surrey, England

18 1/2

9 1/2

USA

1979

The Greenbrier,W. Va

17

11

USA

1977

Royal Lytham & St. Annes, England

12 1/2

7 1/2

USA

1975

Laurel Valley GC, Ligonier, Pa.

21

11

USA

1973

Muirfield, Scotland

19

13

USA

1971

Old Warson CC, St. Louis, Mo.

18 1/2

13 1/2

USA

1969

Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Eng

16

16

USA/Europe/GB

1967

Champions GC, Houston, Texas

23 1/2

8 1/2

USA

1965

Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Eng

19 1/2

12 1/2

USA

1963

East Lake CC, Atlanta, Ga.

23

9

USA

1961

Royal Lytham & St. Annes, England

14 1/2

9 1/2

USA

1959

Eldorado CC, Palm Desert, Calif.

8 1/2

3 1/2

USA

1957

Lindrick GC, Yorkshire, England

4 1/2

7 1/2

Europe/GB

1955

Thunderbird CC, Palm Springs, Calif.

8

4

USA

1953

Wentworth GC, Wentworth, England

6 1/2

5 1/2

USA

1951

Pinehurst CC, Pinehurst, N.C.

9 1/2

2 1/2

USA

1949

Ganton GC, Scarborough, England

7

5

USA

1947

Pinehurst CC, Pinehurst, N.C.

9 1/2

2 1/2

USA

1937

Southport & Ainsdale GC, England

8

4

USA

1935

Ridgewood CC, Ridgewood, N.J.

9

3

USA

1933

Southport & Ainsdale GC, England

5 1/2

6 1/2

Europe/GB

1931

Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio

9

3

USA

1929

Moortown GC, Leeds, England

5

7

USA

1927

Worcester CC, Worcester, Mass.

9 1/2

2 1/2

USA

 

The Ryder Cup - History

In 1921, teams of British and American golfers played a series of matches at Gleneagles in Scotland, prior to the British Open at St. Andrews. The British team won, 9-3. The following year, 1922, was the first year of competition in the Walker Cup, an event pitting American and British amateurs in match play competition. With the Walker Cup founded for amateur golfers, talk turned to the desire for a similar event limited to professionals.

In 1926, teams representing the Professional Golfers' Associations of Great Britain and the United States played a match in England, with the British team winning, 13 1/2 to 1 1/2. After completion of play, the team captains and Ryder met and determined that team members would henceforth have to be native-born (this was later changed to having citizenship), and that the matches would take place every other year. Ryder, a wealthy British seed merchant, donated a solid gold trophy for a series of matches to be held every two years, beginning in 1927.

The first formal Ryder Cup competition was held in the United States. It then alternated between the U. S. and Great Britain until 1997, when it was played at the Valderrama course at Costa del Sol, Spain.

The British team was expanded to include golfers from Ireland in 1973, and since 1979 the rest of Europe has been included.

The format has changed several times over the years. Currently, there are 28 matches over a three-day period: Eight four-ball, eight foursomes and 12 singles matches.