1971 Ryder Cup

The 19th Ryder Cup Matches were held September 16–18, 1971, in the United States at the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. The U.S. team won the competition by a score of 1812 to 1312 points.[1][2]

19th Ryder Cup Matches
DatesSeptember 16–18, 1971
VenueOld Warson Country Club
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri
Captains
United States 1812 1312 United Kingdom
United States wins the Ryder Cup
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Old Warson Country Club is located in the United States
Old Warson Country Club
Old Warson Country Club
Location in the United States
Old Warson  Country Club is located in Missouri
Old Warson  Country Club
Old Warson 
Country Club
Location in Missouri

FormatEdit

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1963 through 1971 the competition format was as follows:

  • 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, 1612 points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.

TeamsEdit

Source: [3]

  Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Jay Hebert 48 Non-playing captain
Miller Barber 40 1 4 1–1–2 50.00
Frank Beard 32 1 4 1–2–1 37.50
Billy Casper 40 5 24 14–4–6 70.83
Charles Coody 34 0 Rookie
Gardner Dickinson 44 1 5 5–0–0 100.00
Gene Littler 41 5 21 9–4–8 61.90
Jack Nicklaus 31 1 4 1–2–1 37.50
Arnold Palmer 42 4 21 16–4–1 78.57
Mason Rudolph 37 0 Rookie
J. C. Snead 30 0 Rookie
Dave Stockton 29 0 Rookie
Lee Trevino 31 1 6 3–2–1 58.33

Six members of the Great Britain team were selected from a points list based on a player's best 10 performances in 15 events during the 1971 season, ending with the Benson & Hedges Festival of Golf on 21 August. The remaining six were chosen by a committee and announced on 23 August. The leading six in the points table were: Neil Coles, Peter Oosterhuis, Brian Barnes, Harry Bannerman, Peter Butler and Maurice Bembridge. The committee chose Brian Huggett, Peter Townsend and Bernard Gallacher who had finished 7th, 8th and 9th in the list, together with Tony Jacklin, Christy O'Connor Snr and John Garner. Jacklin had played most of his golf in America, while O'Conner had missed much of the season with a wrist injury. Garner was chosen over Tommy Horton who had had a good season in 1970 but had been less consistent than Garner in 1971.[4][5]

  Team Great Britain
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
  Eric Brown 46 Non-playing captain
  Harry Bannerman 29 0 Rookie
  Brian Barnes 26 1 3 0–3–0 0.00
  Maurice Bembridge 26 1 5 2–2–1 50.00
  Peter Butler 39 2 9 2–5–2 33.33
  Neil Coles 36 5 27 10–13–4 44.44
  Bernard Gallacher 22 1 4 2–2–0 50.00
  John Garner 24 0 Rookie
  Brian Huggett 34 3 15 4–7–4 40.00
  Tony Jacklin 27 2 12 6–3–3 62.50
  Christy O'Connor Snr 46 8 27 9–16–2 37.04
  Peter Oosterhuis 23 0 Rookie
  Peter Townsend 25 1 5 3–2–0 60.00

Thursday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

  Results  
Coles/O'Connor   2 & 1 Casper/Barber
Townsend/Oosterhuis   2 up Palmer/Dickinson
Huggett/Jacklin   3 & 2 Nicklaus/Stockton
Bembridge/Butler   1 up Coody/Beard
3 Session 1
3 Overall 1

Afternoon foursomesEdit

  Results  
Bannerman/Gallacher   2 & 1 Casper/Barber
Townsend/Oosterhuis   1 up Palmer/Dickinson
Huggett/Jacklin halved Trevino/Rudolph
Bembridge/Butler   5 & 3 Nicklaus/Snead
112 Session 212
412 Overall 312

Friday's matchesEdit

Morning four-ballEdit

  Results  
O'Connor/Barnes   2 & 1 Trevino/Rudolph
Coles/Garner   2 & 1 Beard/Snead
Oosterhuis/Gallacher   5 & 4 Palmer/Dickinson
Townsend/Bannerman   2 & 1 Nicklaus/Littler
0 Session 4
412 Overall 712

Afternoon four-ballEdit

  Results  
Gallacher/Oosterhuis   1 up Trevino/Casper
Jacklin/Huggett   2 & 1 Littler/Snead
Townsend/Bannerman   1 up Palmer/Nicklaus
Coles/O'Connor halved Coody/Beard
112 Session 212
6 Overall 10

Saturday's matchesEdit

Morning singlesEdit

  Results  
Tony Jacklin   1 up Lee Trevino
Bernard Gallacher halved Dave Stockton
Brian Barnes   1 up Mason Rudolph
Peter Oosterhuis   4 & 3 Gene Littler
Peter Townsend   3 & 2 Jack Nicklaus
Christy O'Connor   5 & 4 Gardner Dickinson
Harry Bannerman halved Arnold Palmer
Neil Coles halved Frank Beard
312 Session 412
912 Overall 1412

Afternoon singlesEdit

  Results  
Brian Huggett   7 & 6 Lee Trevino
Tony Jacklin   1 up J. C. Snead
Brian Barnes   2 & 1 Miller Barber
Peter Townsend   1 up Dave Stockton
Bernard Gallacher   2 & 1 Charles Coody
Neil Coles   5 & 3 Jack Nicklaus
Peter Oosterhuis   3 & 2 Arnold Palmer
Harry Bannerman   2 & 1 Gardner Dickinson
4 Session 4
1312 Overall 1812

Individual player recordsEdit

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

Source: [3]

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Miller Barber 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–0–0
Frank Beard 2 1–1–2 0–0–1 0–1–0 1–0–1
Billy Casper 0 0–3–0 0–0–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Charles Coody 0.5 0–2–1 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–1
Gardner Dickinson 4 4–1–0 1–1–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Gene Littler 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 2–0–0
Jack Nicklaus 5 5–1–0 2–0–0 1–1–0 2–0–0
Arnold Palmer 4.5 4–1–1 0–1–1 2–0–0 2–0–0
Mason Rudolph 1.5 1–1–1 0–1–0 0–0–1 1–0–0
J. C. Snead 4 4–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0
Dave Stockton 1.5 1–1–1 1–0–1 0–1–0 0–0–0
Lee Trevino 3.5 3–1–1 2–0–0 0–0–1 1–1–0

Great BritainEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Harry Bannerman 2.5 2–2–1 1–0–1 1–0–0 0–2–0
Brian Barnes 2 2–1–0 2–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Maurice Bembridge 1 1–1–0 0–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
Peter Butler 1 1–1–0 0–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
Neil Coles 2 1–2–2 0–1–1 1–0–0 0–1–1
Bernard Gallacher 3.5 3–1–1 1–0–1 1–0–0 1–1–0
John Garner 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Brian Huggett 1.5 1–2–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 0–1–0
Tony Jacklin 1.5 1–3–1 0–2–0 1–0–1 0–1–0
Christy O'Connor 1.5 1–2–1 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–1
Peter Oosterhuis 3 3–3–0 2–0–0 0–2–0 1–1–0
Peter Townsend 0 0–6–0 0–2–0 0–2–0 0–2–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brown, Gwilym S. (September 29, 1971). "Meet me in St. Louis - but at your own risk". Sports Illustrated. p. 88.
  2. ^ "Snead clinches win in tough Ryder Cup". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. September 19, 1971. p. 6-sports.
  3. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (August 23, 1971). "Bannerman in Ryder Cup team by being fourth in points table". The Glasgow Herald. p. 5.
  5. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (August 24, 1971). "Two Scots in Ryder Cup side: Garner preferred to Horton". The Glasgow Herald. p. 6.

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