1967 Ryder Cup
The 17th Ryder Cup Matches were held October 20–22, 1967 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The United States team won the competition by a record score of 23½ to 8½ points. To date, the 15-point victory margin remains the largest at the Ryder Cup.
|Dates||October 20–22, 1967|
|Venue||Champions Golf Club|
|Location||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
Ben Hogan was named the captain of the U.S. team in May 1967, five months before the matches. He opted for the U.S. team to use the smaller British golf ball; the same weight, its diameter was .06 inches (1.5 mm) smaller at 1.62 inches (4.11 cm).
The match had originally been arranged for June 9–11, a date that the British P.G.A. had reluctantly agreed to, as it interfered with the British tournament season. In April 1966, it was agreed that the dates be changed to October 20–22.
- Day 1 — 8 foursomes (alternate shot) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
- Day 2 — 8 four-ball (better ball) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
- Day 3 — 16 singles matches, 8 each in morning and afternoon sessions
With a total of 32 points, 16½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
|Ben Hogan||55||Non-playing captain|
|Team Great Britain|
|Dai Rees||54||Non-playing captain|
|Christy O'Connor Snr||42||6||6||19||7–11–1||39.47|
October 20, 1967
|Alliss/O'Connor||2 & 1||Palmer/Dickinson|
|Jacklin/Thomas||4 & 3||Sanders/Brewer|
|Hunt/Coles||6 & 5||Nichols/Pott|
|Gregson/Boyle||5 & 4||Dickinson/Palmer|
|Jacklin/Thomas||3 & 2||Littler/Geiberger|
|Alliss/O'Connor||2 & 1||Nichols/Pott|
October 21, 1967
|Alliss/O'Connor||3 & 2||Casper/Brewer|
|Huggett/Will||3 & 2||Dickinson/Sanders|
|Hunt/Coles||5 & 3||Casper/Brewer|
|Alliss/Gregson||3 & 2||Dickinson/Sanders|
October 22, 1967
|Hugh Boyle||4 & 3||Gay Brewer|
|Peter Alliss||2 & 1||Billy Casper|
|Tony Jacklin||3 & 2||Arnold Palmer|
|Brian Huggett||1 up||Julius Boros|
|Neil Coles||2 & 1||Doug Sanders|
|Malcolm Gregson||4 & 2||Al Geiberger|
|Dave Thomas||halved||Gene Littler|
|Bernard Hunt||halved||Bobby Nichols|
|Brian Huggett||5 & 3||Arnold Palmer|
|Peter Alliss||2 & 1||Gay Brewer|
|Tony Jacklin||3 & 2||Gardner Dickinson|
|Christy O'Connor||3 & 2||Bobby Nichols|
|George Will||3 & 1||Johnny Pott|
|Malcolm Gregson||2 & 1||Al Geiberger|
|Bernard Hunt||halved||Julius Boros|
|Neil Coles||2 & 1||Doug Sanders|
Individual player recordsEdit
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
Despite having won his seventh major title as a professional at the U.S. Open in June, 27-year-old Jack Nicklaus was not a member of the U.S. team. At the time, a five-year apprenticeship as a professional was required before Ryder Cup points could be earned. Nicklaus turned pro in November 1961 and was granted tournament status at the end of that year. He expedited his status by passing PGA business classes in February 1966, and was granted full membership that June. Only then was he eligible to accumulate Ryder Cup points, which ended with the Masters in April. Captain's selections did not exist in 1967 and Nicklaus was in a slump following his win at the Masters in 1966; entering the Masters in 1967 as the two-time defending champion, he was in 13th place in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings. Also just off the team were Dave Marr and Bob Goalby. Nicklaus and Goalby missed the cut at Augusta and Marr's T-16 finish was not enough to pass Johnny Pott for the tenth and final spot on the team.
The outmoded five-year rule had similarly kept Arnold Palmer off the teams in 1957 and 1959. Don January won the PGA Championship in 1967 in July, but was also at home; the only reigning major champion on either team in 1967 was Masters champion Gay Brewer.
- Wright, Alfred (October 30, 1967). "Ben and Arnie liven up the weekend". Sports Illustrated. p. 56.
- "British swamped in Ryder Cup play". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. October 23, 1967. p. 4B.
- "Palmer ace in Cup win, 23½ to 8½". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. October 23, 1967. p. 34.
- "Ryder Cup 2006 » History » 1967 Results". The PGA of America. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
- "Hogan named Ryder captain". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. May 25, 1967. p. 20.
- "Hogan elects small ball for Ryder Cup matches". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. October 2, 1967. p. 29.
- "October date for Ryder Cup contest". Glasgow Herald. April 6, 1966. p. 7.
- "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- "Five newcomers chosen for Ryder Cup team". Miami News. Associated Press. April 13, 1967. p. 3B.
- "Will wins Ryder Cup place". Glasgow Herald. 17 July 1967. p. 4.
- "Nicklaus must return to school to qualify for Ryder Cup team". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. December 18, 1965. p. 38.
- Auclair, T.J. (June 1, 2016). "Jack Nicklaus celebrates 50 years of PGA Membership". PGA of America. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
- "Big Nick may miss action on Cup team". Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina. UPI. March 29, 1967. p. 8.
- "Ryder spot is elusive for Nicklaus". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. March 28, 1967. p. 12.