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The 6th Ryder Cup Matches were held 29–30 June 1937 at the Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club in Southport, England. The United States team won the competition by a score of 8 to 4 points. It was the first time that the host team lost the competition and the second of seven consecutive wins for the U.S. side. The course had hosted the event four years earlier in 1933, Britain's last win until 1957.

6th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates29–30 June 1937
VenueSouthport and Ainsdale Golf Club
LocationSouthport, England
Captains
United Kingdom 4 8 United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup
← 1935
1947 →
Southport is located in England
Southport
Southport
Location in England
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club is located in Merseyside
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club
Location in Southport, Merseyside,
north of Liverpool, England

Due to World War II, this was the final Ryder Cup for a full decade; the series resumed in 1947 in the U.S. at Portland, Oregon.

Contents

FormatEdit

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1927 through 1959, the format consisted of 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches on the first day and 8 singles matches on the second day, for a total of 12 points. Therefore, ​6 12 points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 36 holes.

TeamsEdit

Source: [1]

From the start of 1937, Henry Cotton became professional to the Ashridge Golf Club and hence became eligible for selection for the British team.[2] He had missed the 1931 edition because of a dispute and was not eligible in 1933 and 1935 because he was employed in Belgium. In April 1937, it was announced that, as in 1935, a selection committee of six would choose the Great Britain team for the 1937 Ryder Cup.[3] In July, the team of ten was selected (as below). Charles Whitcombe was again chosen as the captain.[4]

  Team Great Britain
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
  Charles Whitcombe – captain 41 5 8 3–2–3 56.25
  Percy Alliss 40 3 4 2–1–1 62.50
  Dick Burton 29 1 1 0–1–0 0.00
  Henry Cotton 30 1 2 1–1–0 50.00
  Bill Cox 27 1 2 0–1–1 25.00
  Sam King 26 0 Rookie
  Arthur Lacey 33 1 1 0–1–0 0.00
  Alf Padgham 30 2 4 0–4–0 0.00
  Alf Perry 32 2 3 0–2–1 16.67
  Dai Rees 24 0 Rookie


  Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Walter Hagen 44 Non-playing captain
Ed Dudley 36 2 2 1–1–0 50.00
Ralph Guldahl 25 0 Rookie
Tony Manero 32 0 Rookie
Byron Nelson 25 0 Rookie
Henry Picard 30 1 2 2–0–0 100.00
Johnny Revolta 26 1 2 2–0–0 100.00
Gene Sarazen 35 5 10 6–2–2 70.00
Denny Shute 32 2 4 2–2–0 50.00
Horton Smith 29 4 4 3–0–1 87.50
Sam Snead 25 0 Rookie

Tuesday's foursome matchesEdit

  Results  
Padgham/Cotton   4 & 2 Dudley/Nelson
Lacey/Cox   2 & 1 Guldahl/Manero
Whitcombe/Rees halved Sarazen/Shute
Alliss/Burton   2 & 1 Picard/Revolta
1 12 Session 2 12
1 12 Overall 2 12

18 hole scores: Padgham/Cotton v Dudley/Nelson: all square, Lacey/Cox: 1 up, Whitcombe/Rees v Sarazen/Shute: all square, Alliss/Burton: 3 up.[5]

Wednesday's singles matchesEdit

  Results  
Alf Padgham   8 & 7 Ralph Guldahl
Sam King halved Denny Shute
Dai Rees   3 & 1 Byron Nelson
Henry Cotton   5 & 3 Tony Manero
Percy Alliss   1 up Gene Sarazen
Dick Burton   5 & 4 Sam Snead
Alf Perry   2 & 1 Ed Dudley
Arthur Lacey   2 & 1 Henry Picard
2 12 Session 5 12
4 Overall 8

18 hole scores: Guldahl: 6 up, King v Shute: all square, Rees: 1 up, Cotton: 2 up, Alliss: 1 up, Snead: 2 up, Dudley: 1 up, Picard: 1 up.[6]

Individual player recordsEdit

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.

Source: [1]

Great BritainEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Percy Alliss 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Dick Burton 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Henry Cotton 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Bill Cox 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Sam King 0.5 0–0–1 0–0–1 0–0–0
Arthur Lacey 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Alf Padgham 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Alf Perry 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Dai Rees 1.5 1–0–1 1–0–0 0–0–1
Charles Whitcombe 0.5 0–0–1 0–0–0 0–0–1

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Ed Dudley 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Ralph Guldahl 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Tony Manero 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Byron Nelson 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Henry Picard 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Johnny Revolta 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Gene Sarazen 1.5 1–0–1 1–0–0 0–0–1
Denny Shute 1 0–0–2 0–0–1 0–0–1
Sam Snead 1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0

Horton Smith did not play in any matches.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "T.H. Cotton for Ashridge". The Times, Saturday, October 10, 1936; pg. 6; Issue 47502; col C.
  3. ^ "Ryder Cup Selection Committee". The Times, Wednesday, April 14, 1937; pg. 6; Issue 47658; col F.
  4. ^ "British Team Selected". The Times, Tuesday, June 08, 1937; pg. 8; Issue 47705; col D.
  5. ^ "The Ryder Cup - America Leads". The Times, Wednesday, June 30 1937; pg. 7; Issue 47724.
  6. ^ "Golf - US Win the Ryder Cup". The Times, Thursday, July 1 1937; pg. 6; Issue 47725.

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