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All-Time Ryder Cup Records [Infographic]

Neil Robertson, 30th September 2018

The Ryder Cup is one of the world’s most prestigious and historical sporting events. Now, thanks to our infographic, you can explore every major record of the tournament since it began in 1927.

The infographic, which features exclusive insights from three-time Ryder Cup captain and Golf Care ambassador Bernard Gallacher, covers everything from performance statistics to fun facts.

All-Time Ryder Cup Records


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All-time Ryder Cup Stats – Transcript


– Total points: USA 543 – Europe 442

– Total number of wins: USA 26 – Europe, Great Britain & Ireland 14

– Team’s biggest winning margin: 15 points (USA in 1967 – 23.5 – 8.5)

– Most successful partnership: Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal (11 wins, 2 losses, 2 halves)

– Most frequent pairings: Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal (Europe – 15) / Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth (USA – 7)

– Number of times the USA have won in Europe: 9 (1937, 1949, 1953, 1961, 1965, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1993)

– Number of times Europe have won in the USA: 4 (1987, 1995, 2004, 2012)

[Did you know]

The 2014 Europe Ryder Cup team was the oldest team since players from continental Europe were allowed to compete, with an average age of 35 years.

*The Great Britain & Ireland Ryder Cup team became Europe in 1979.

[Bernard Gallacher]: “In the mid to late 80’s, Europe had the five best golfers in the world, and this was highlighted by the partnership between Ballesteros and Olazábal. They embodied the patriotism of Spaniards and were great players who were very competitive.”

Players and captains

– Youngest player: Sergio Garcia (19 years and 258 days)

– Oldest player: Raymond Floyd (51 years and 20 days)

– Youngest Ryder Cup captain: Arnold Palmer (34 years and 31 days)

– Oldest Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson (65 years and 22 days)

– Most successful Ryder Cup captain: Walter Hagen (4 victories)

– Most appearances on a team: 12 (Phil Mickelson 1995-2018)

– Most matches played:
Phil Mickelson 47
Sir Nick Faldo 46
Lee Westwood 44
Bernhard Langer 42
Neil Coles 40

– Most common nationalities of European players:
English 22
Spanish 11
Swedish 10
Scottish 7
Northern Irish 5
Denmark 1

[Did you know]
Colin Montgomerie played 36 matches at the Ryder, only losing on nine occasions.

[Bernard Gallacher]: “Colin has an incredible desire to win and he always took this desire into the Ryder Cup. No one wanted to play him because he was such a straight hitter and a great putter. He didn’t have a weakness in his game.”

Performance Statistics

– Largest margin of victory—singles: 8&7* (Tom Kite, USA, def. Howard Clark, Europe, in 1989 / Fred Couples, USA. def. Ian Woosnam, Europe, in 1997)

– Most points:
Sergio Garcia 25.5
Sir Nick Faldo 25
Bernhard Langer 24
Colin Montgomerie/Billy Casper 23.5
Lee Westwood/Arnold Palmer 23

– 6 / hole-in-ones (5 for Europe, 1 for USA)
1. Peter Butler (16th at Muirfield, 1973)
2. Sir Nick Faldo (14th at The Belfry, 1993)
3. Costantino Rocca (6th at Oak Hill, 1995)
4. Howard Clark (11th at Oak Hill, 1995)
5. Paul Casey (14th at The K Club, 2006)
6. Scott Verplank (14th at The K Club, 2006)

– 3 / undefeated partnerships:
1. Arnold Palmer/Gardner Dickinson
2. Jack Nicklaus/Billy Casper
3. Jack Nicklaus/Tom Watson

– Most matches lost:
Neil Coles/Christy O’Connor Sr. 21

– Most foursome matches lost:
Bernard Hunt 9

– Most four-ball matches lost:
Sir Nick Faldo 9

[Did you know]
Three of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson’s four undefeated matches came in a clean sweep at the 1981 Ryder Cup.

[Bernard Gallacher]: “Of the three hole-in-ones that Europe got during my time as captain, Costantino Rocca’s is the one that most stands out. There are some iconic pictures of Rocca and his partner Sam Torrance hugging each other after the shot and it was a great moment to be a part of.”

*Statistic is based on 18-hole matches from 1961 onwards.


Fun Facts

– The Ryder Cup trophy is actually just 17 inches tall, 9 inches wide and weighs 4 pounds.

– The first Ryder Cup match was contested in June 1927.

– James D Harnett came up with the concept of a golf match between the US and UK in 1921.

– Between 1935 and 1985, the Great Britain & Ireland/European team only won one Ryder Cup – at Lindrick Golf Club in 1957.

– In 1935, three brothers competed in the same Great Britain & Ireland team – Charles, Ernest and Reg Whitcombe.

[Did you know]
English seed merchant and entrepreneur Samuel Ryder watched an unofficial match between golfers from Great Britain and the United States in 1926. Afterwards, in the bar, he said “‘We must do this again” – and thus, the Ryder Cup was born.

[Bernard Gallacher]: “The Americans were very strong for so many years. Lee, Jack and Billy all led by example, then along came Tom Watson, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Kite and Hale Irwin. Competing with that elite level of golfers was incredibly difficult and I think that’s why we lost to them consistently.”

We hope you enjoyed discovering every interesting fact about the Ryder Cup!

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