1949 Ryder Cup
|Dates||16–17 September 1949|
|Venue||Ganton Golf Club|
|Location||Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
Hogan objected to the depth of the grooves on some British players' irons, and they were modified before being allowed into the competition. Britain led three to one after the first day, but the U.S. won six of eight matches in singles on Saturday to keep the Cup.
The Ganton course measured 6,632 yards (6,064 m) for this Ryder Cup.
The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1927 through 1959, the format consisted of four foursome (alternate shot) matches on the first day and eight singles matches on the second day, for a total of 12 points. Therefore, 6½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 36 holes.
In April 1949 the British P.G.A. appointed a selection committee of five. The committee consisted of four ex-Ryder Cup players: Dick Burton, Arthur Havers, Alf Padgham and Charles Whitcombe to which would be added the chairman of the P.G.A. to be elected in July. In mid-July a list of 20 possible players was announced, although other players could be added to this list. Charles Whitcombe was announced as the non-playing captain. The list included Henry Cotton who later withdrew because he was returning to his golf school in Monte Carlo and would "have no opportunity to sharpen up his game." The team was selected immediately after the News Chronicle Tournament, a tournament won by Dick Burton, one of the selectors, by 12 strokes. The team was chosen from the 19 remaining possible players announced in July. 
|Team Great Britain|
|Charles Whitcombe||53||Non-playing captain|
|Laurie Ayton, Jnr||35||0||Rookie|
|Ben Hogan||37||Non-playing captain|
Friday's foursome matchesEdit
|Faulkner/Adams||2 & 1||Harrison/Palmer|
|Daly/Bousfield||4 & 2||Hamilton/Alexander|
|Ward/King||4 & 3||Demaret/Heafner|
18 hole scores: Faulkner/Adams: 3 up, Daly/Bousfield: 2 up, Demaret/Heafner: 1 up, Burton/Lees v Snead/Mangrum: all square.
Saturday's singles matchesEdit
|Max Faulkner||8 & 7||Dutch Harrison|
|Jimmy Adams||2 & 1||Johnny Palmer|
|Charlie Ward||6 & 5||Sam Snead|
|Dai Rees||6 & 4||Bob Hamilton|
|Dick Burton||3 & 2||Clayton Heafner|
|Sam King||4 & 3||Chick Harbert|
|Arthur Lees||7 & 6||Jimmy Demaret|
|Fred Daly||4 & 3||Lloyd Mangrum|
18 hole scores: Harrison: 7 up, Adams: 1 up, Snead: 1 up, Rees: 4 up, Burton: 1 up, Harbert: 5 up, Demaret: 5 up, Mangrum: 1 up.
Individual player recordsEdit
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
Laurie Ayton, Jnr did not play in any matches.
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- "British Lead in Ryder Cup - Three to One in Foursomes". The Times, Saturday, 17 September 1949; pg. 4; Issue 51489.
- "U.S. Retain the Ryder Cup - Magnificent Play at Ganton". The Times, Monday, 19 September 1949; pg. 6; Issue 51490.