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The 11th Ryder Cup Matches were held November 5–6, 1955 at Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. The United States team won its seventh consecutive competition by a score of 8 to 4 points.[1][2][3]

11th Ryder Cup Matches
DatesNovember 5–6, 1955
VenueThunderbird Country Club
LocationRancho Mirage, California
Captains
United States 8 4 United Kingdom
United States wins the Ryder Cup
← 1953
1957 →
Thunderbird CC is located in the United States
Thunderbird CC
Thunderbird CC
Location in the United States
Thunderbird CC is located in California
Thunderbird CC
Thunderbird CC
Location in California

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, 6½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 36 holes.

TeamsEdit

Source: [4]

  Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Chick Harbert – captain 40 1 1 1–0–0 100.00
Jerry Barber 39 0 Rookie
Tommy Bolt 39 0 Rookie
Jack Burke, Jr. 32 2 4 4–0–0 100.00
Doug Ford 33 0 Rookie
Marty Furgol 39 0 Rookie
Chandler Harper 41 0 Rookie
Ted Kroll 36 1 2 1–1–0 50.00
Cary Middlecoff 34 1 2 1–1–0 50.00
Sam Snead 43 5 9 7–2–0 77.78

Seven members of the British team were chosen from the Order of Merit after the 1955 Open Championship. To qualify players had to play in 5 of the 6 qualifying events. The qualifying events were all stroke-play tournaments played in Great Britain from the Spalding Tournament ending on 22 April to the Open Championship ending on 8 July. The last three places were chosen by the seven players already selected and the four members of the PGA tournament sub-committee.[5][6] The seven who qualified after the Open were: Rees, Bradshaw, Scott, Weetman, O'Connor, Bousfield and Jacobs.[7] Later in July, Rees was chosen as captain.[8] The three remaining players, Brown, Lees and Fallon, were chosen at the end of the Dunlop Masters in September. Brown had recently lost in the final of the News of the World Match Play where Lees was a losing semi-finalist. Fallon was runner-up in the Open Championship.[9]

  Team Great Britain
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
  Dai Rees – captain 42 5 8 2–5–1 31.25
  Ken Bousfield 36 2 2 1–1–0 50.00
  Harry Bradshaw 42 1 2 2–0–0 100.00
  Eric Brown 30 1 2 1–1–0 50.00
  John Fallon 42 0 Rookie
  John Jacobs 30 0 Rookie
  Arthur Lees 47 3 6 3–3–0 50.00
  Christy O'Connor Snr 30 0 Rookie
  Syd Scott 41 0 Rookie
  Harry Weetman 35 2 3 1–2–0 33.33

Saturday's foursome matchesEdit

  Results  
Fallon/Jacobs   1 up Harper/Barber
Brown/Scott   5 & 4 Ford/Kroll
Lees/Weetman   1 up Burke/Bolt
Bradshaw/Rees   3 & 2 Snead/Middlecoff
1 Session 3
1 Overall 3

18 hole scores: Harper/Barber: 2 up, Ford/Kroll: 3 up, Lees/Weetman: 1 up, Bradshaw/Rees v Snead/Middlecoff: all square.

Sunday's singles matchesEdit

  Results  
Christy O'Connor   4 & 2 Tommy Bolt
Syd Scott   3 & 2 Chick Harbert
John Jacobs   1 up Cary Middlecoff
Dai Rees   3 & 1 Sam Snead
Arthur Lees   3 & 2 Marty Furgol
Eric Brown   3 & 2 Jerry Barber
Harry Bradshaw   3 & 2 Jack Burke, Jr.
Harry Weetman   3 & 2 Doug Ford
3 Session 5
4 Overall 8

18 hole scores: Bolt: 3 up, Harbert: 6 up, Middlecoff: 2 up, Snead: 5 up, Lees v Furgol: all square, Brown: 3 up, Bradshaw v Burke: all square, Ford: 1 up.

Individual player recordsEdit

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

Source: [4]

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Jerry Barber 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Tommy Bolt 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Jack Burke, Jr. 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Doug Ford 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Marty Furgol 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Chick Harbert 1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0
Chandler Harper 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Ted Kroll 1 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
Cary Middlecoff 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Sam Snead 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0

Great BritainEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes
Harry Bradshaw 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Eric Brown 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
John Fallon 1 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
John Jacobs 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Arthur Lees 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Christy O'Connor 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Dai Rees 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Syd Scott 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Harry Weetman 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0

Ken Bousfield did not play in any matches.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (November 14, 1955). "Despite the distracting flora and fauna of Palm Springs the U. S. team again beat Britain's best to retain the Ryder Cup". Sports Illustrated. p. 40.
  2. ^ "Ryder Cup kept by U.S.; Briton tops Middlecoff". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 7, 1955. p. 10.
  3. ^ "U.S. retains Ryder Cup golf trophy by 8-4". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 7, 1955. p. 26.
  4. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "P.G.A. offer a solution - Three players to sit on committee". The Times. December 8, 1954. p. 3.
  6. ^ "P.G.A. differences - Conference to be held next week". The Times. January 12, 1955. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Ryder Cup places filled". The Times. July 9, 1955. p. 4.
  8. ^ "A new British golf event - The first close championship". The Times. July 22, 1955. p. 3.
  9. ^ "Ryder Cup team completed". The Times. September 22, 1955. p. 4.

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