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1967 The United States team crush Great Britian 23½-8½ in the 17th Ryder Cup Matches at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, a score which remains to this day the largest winning margin in the history of the event.
Apart from this statistic, the 1967 Cup is memorable for the famously brief introductory speech by non-playing US Captain Ben Hogan. After listening to a rather long-winded presentation of his team by British non-playing Captain Dai Rees, Hogan requested silence as he presented his players by name only, then concluded simply by "Ladies and gentlemen, the United States Ryder Cup Team - the finest golfers in the world", to rapturous applause. Brilliant gamesmanship, if patently unnecessary. Hogan had also stipulated that the matches be played with the smaller (1.62") British golf ball.
The US team did not even include 7-time major winner Jack Nicklaus, who had won the US Open that year, as he was ineligible, having not yet completed five years of membership of the PGA. However Arnold Palmer and Gardner Dickinson, who each played in five of the six sesssions, both achieved perfect 5-0-0 records.

 

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