History

The Ryder Cup - Past winners

Created by English seed merchant and keen amateur golfer Samuel Ryder, the first match was played in Massachussets in 1927, when America beat Great Britain & Ireland 9½ - 2½.

They would go on to dominate the matches for over 50 years, until broader-based European teams finally began to provide strong opposition. After 41 matches, the score to date is USA 26, GB&I/Europe 13, with 2 ties.

Samuel Ryder
Results 1927 to present day
Year
Venue
Score
USA Captain
GB&I/Europe Capt.
1979 - Present: USA vs. Europe
2020
Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, WI
2018
Le Golf National,
Versailles, France
Jim Furyk
Thomas Bjørn
2016
Hazeltine National, Chaska, MN
US 17
-
Europe 11
Davis Love III
Darren Clarke
2014
Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Scot.
Europe 16½
-
USA 11½
Tom Watson
Paul McGinley
2012
Medinah CC, Medinah, IL
Europe 14½
-
USA 13 ½
Davis Love III
José Maria Olazábal
2010
Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
Europe 14½
-
USA 13 ½
Corey Pavin
Colin Montgomerie
2008
Valhalla GC
Louisville, KY
USA 16½
-
Europe 11½
Paul Azinger
Nick Faldo
2006
The K Club
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Europe 18½
-
USA 9½
Tom Lehman
Ian Woosnam
2004
Oakland Hills CC Bloomfield, MI
Europe 18½
-
USA 9½
Hal Sutton
Bernhard Langer
2002
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, Warks
Europe 15½
-
USA 12½
Curtis Strange
Sam Torrance
2001: Match rescheduled due to September 11 attack on USA (all subsequent matches in even numbered years)
1999
The Country Club
Brookline, MA
USA 14½
-
Europe 13½
Ben Crenshaw
Mark James
1997
Valderrama GC
Sotogrande, Spain
Europe 14½
-
USA 13½
Tom Kite
Seve Ballesteros
1995
Oak Hill CC
Rochester, NY
Europe 14½
-
USA 13½
Lanny Wadkins
Bernard Gallacher
1993
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, Warks
USA 15
-
Europe 13
Tom Watson
Bernard Gallacher
1991
Kiawah Island Ocean Course, SC
USA 14½
-
Europe 13½
Dave Stockton
Bernard Gallacher
1989
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, Warks
Europe 14
-
USA 14
(Europe retain Cup)
Raymond Floyd
Tony Jackin
1987
Muirfield Village
Dublin, OH
Europe 15
-
USA 13
Jack Nicklaus
Tony Jacklin
1985
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, Warks
Europe 16½
-
USA 11½
Lee Trevino
Tony Jacklin
1983

PGA National, Palm Beach Gdns, FL

USA 14½
-
Europe 13½
Jack Nicklaus
Tony Jacklin
1981
Walton Heath GC
Surrey
USA 18½
-
Europe 9½
Dave Marr
John Jacobs
1979
The Greenbrier
Wh. S. Springs, WV
USA 17
-
Europe 11
Billy Casper
John Jacobs
1927 - 1977: USA vs. Great Britain & Ireland
1977
Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancs
USA 12½
-
GB&I 7½
Dow Finsterwald
Brian Huggett
1975
Laurel Valley GC Ligonier, PA
USA 21
-
GB&I 11
Arnold Palmer
Bernard Hunt
1973
Muirfield
Gullane, Scotland
USA 19
-
GB&I 13
Jack Burke Jr
Bernard Hunt
1971
Old Warson CC
St Louis, MO
USA 18½
-
GB&I 13½
Jay Hebert
Eric Brown
1969
Royal Birkdale GC Southport, Lancs
USA 16
-
GB&I 16
(USA retain Cup)
Sam Snead
Eric Brown
1967
Champions GC Houston, TX
USA 23½
-
GB&I 8½
Ben Hogan
Dai Rees
1965
Royal Birkdale GC Southport, Lancs
USA 19½
-
GB&I 12½
Byron Nelson
Harry Weetman
1963
East Lake GC Atlanta, GA
USA 23
-
GB&I 9
Arnold Palmer
John Fallon
1961
Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancs
USA 14½
-
GB&I 9½
Jerry Barber
Dai Rees
1959
Eldorado CC
Palm Desert, CA
USA 8½
-
GB&I 3½
Sam Snead
Dai Rees
1957
Lindrick GC Yorkshire
GB&I 7½
-
USA 4½
Jack Burke Jr
Dai Rees
1955
Thunderbird CC Palm Springs, CA
USA 8
-
GB&I 4
Chick Harbert
Dai Rees
1953
Wentworth (West)
Surrey
USA 6½
-
GB&I 5½
Lloyd Mangrum
Henry Cotton
1951
Pinehurst Resort Pinehurst, NC
USA 9½
-
GB&I 2½
Sam Snead
Arthur Lacey
1949
Ganton GC Scarborough, Yorks
USA 7
-
GB&I 5
Ben Hogan
Charles Whitcombe
1947
Portland GC Portland, OR
USA 11
-
GB&I 1
Ben Hogan
Henry Cotton
1939 - 1945: Matches not played
1937
Southport & Ainsdale GC, Lancs.
USA 8
-
GB&I 4
Walter Hagen
Charles Whitcombe
1935
Ridgewood CC Ridgewood, NJ
USA 9
-
GB&I 3
Walter Hagen
Charles Whitcombe
1933
Southport & Ainsdale GC, Lancs.
GB&I 6½
-
USA 5½
Walter Hagen
JH Taylor
1931
Scioto CC Columbus, OH
USA 9
-
GB&I 3
Walter Hagen
Charles Whitcombe
1929
Moortown GC Yorkshire
GB&I 7
-
USA 5
Walter Hagen
George Duncan
1927
Worcester CC
Worcester, MA
USA 9½
-
GB&I 2½

Walter Hagen
Ted Ray
Changes in match format
Period Day One Day Two Day Three Points
1979 - Present: USA vs. Europe
1977-Present 4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fouballs
12 18-hole singles 24 points
1927 - 1977: USA vs. Great Britain & Ireland
1977 5 18-hole foursomes 5 18-hole fourballs 10 18-hole singles 20 points
1963-1975 4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
2x8 18-hole singles 32 points
1961 2x4 18-hole f'somes 2x8 18-hole singles Two days only 24 points
1927 -1959 4 36-hole foursomes 8 36-hole singles Two days only 12 points