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The 20th Ryder Cup Matches were held at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. The United States team won the competition by a score of 19 to 13 points.[1] For the first time, what had previously been the "Great Britain" team was called "Great Britain and Ireland", although golfers from the Republic of Ireland had played since 1953, and from Northern Ireland since 1947.

20th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates20–22 September 1973
VenueMuirfield
LocationEast Lothian, Scotland
Captains
United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
13 19 United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup
← 1971
1975 →
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland

Muirfield had hosted the Open Championship the previous year, won by American Lee Trevino.

Contents

FormatEdit

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was adjusted slightly in 1973 from the format used from 1963 through 1971:

  • Day 1 — 4 foursomes (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session
  • Day 2 — 4 foursome matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball matches in an afternoon session
  • 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.

TeamsEdit

Source: [2]

    Team Great Britain and Ireland
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
  Bernard Hunt 43 Non-playing captain
  Brian Barnes 28 2 6 2–4–0 33.33
  Maurice Bembridge 28 2 7 3–3–1 50.00
  Peter Butler 41 3 11 3–6–2 36.36
  Clive Clark 28 0 Rookie
  Neil Coles 38 6 32 11–15–6 43.75
  Bernard Gallacher 24 2 9 5–3–1 61.11
  John Garner 26 1 1 0–1–0 0.00
  Brian Huggett 36 4 19 5–9–5 39.47
  Tony Jacklin 29 3 17 7–6–4 52.94
  Christy O'Connor Snr 48 9 31 10–18–3 37.10
  Peter Oosterhuis 25 1 6 3–3–0 50.00
  Eddie Polland 26 0 Rookie

Due to the rules of the PGA of America in place at the time, players with less than five years as a professional were not eligible for the U.S. team, which included reigning U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller and Lanny Wadkins.[3] (These rules also kept Jack Nicklaus on the sidelines until 1969.) Miller made his Ryder Cup debut in 1975 and Wadkins in 1977.

  Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Jack Burke, Jr. 50 Non-playing captain
Tommy Aaron 36 1 4 1–2–1 37.50
Homero Blancas 35 0 Rookie
Gay Brewer 41 1 5 3–2–0 60.00
Billy Casper 42 6 27 14–7–6 62.96
Lou Graham 35 0 Rookie
Dave Hill 36 1 6 4–2–0 66.67
Jack Nicklaus 33 2 10 6–3–1 65.00
Arnold Palmer 44 5 27 20–5–2 77.78
Chi-Chi Rodríguez 37 0 Rookie
J. C. Snead 32 1 4 4–0–0 100.00
Lee Trevino 33 2 11 6–3–2 63.64
Tom Weiskopf 30 0 Rookie

Thursday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

[4][5]

    Results  
Barnes/Gallacher    1 up Trevino/Casper
O'Connor/Coles    3 & 2 Weiskopf/Snead
Jacklin/Oosterhuis halved Rodríguez/Graham
Bembridge/Polland   6 & 5 Nicklaus/Palmer
Session
Overall

Afternoon four-ballEdit

    Results  
Barnes/Gallacher    5 & 4 Aaron/Brewer
Bembridge/Huggett    3 & 1 Nicklaus/Palmer
Jacklin/Oosterhuis    3 & 1 Weiskopf/Casper
Coles/O'Connor   2 & 1 Trevino/Blancas
3 Session 1
Overall

Friday's matchesEdit

[6]

Morning foursomesEdit

    Results  
Barnes/Butler   1 up Nicklaus/Weiskopf
Oosterhuis/Jacklin    2 up Palmer/Hill
Bembridge/Huggett    5 & 4 Rodríguez/Graham
Coles/O'Connor   2 & 1 Trevino/Casper
2 Session 2
Overall

Afternoon four-ballEdit

    Results  
Barnes/Butler   2 up Snead/Palmer
Jacklin/Oosterhuis   3 & 2 Brewer/Casper
Clark/Polland   3 & 2 Nicklaus/Weiskopf
Bembridge/Huggett halved Trevino/Blancas
½ Session
8 Overall 8

Saturday's matchesEdit

Individual player recordsEdit

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

Source: [2]

Great Britain and IrelandEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Brian Barnes 2 2–4–0 0–2–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Maurice Bembridge 3 2–2–2 0–1–1 1–1–0 1–0–1
Peter Butler 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Clive Clark 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Neil Coles 1.5 1–3–1 0–1–1 1–1–0 0–1–0
Bernard Gallacher 2 2–2–0 0–2–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Brian Huggett 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
Tony Jacklin 3.5 3–2–1 1–1–0 1–0–1 1–1–0
Christy O'Connor 1.5 1–3–1 0–1–1 1–1–0 0–1–0
Peter Oosterhuis 4 3–1–2 1–0–1 1–0–1 1–1–0
Eddie Polland 0 0–2–0 0–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0

John Garner did not play in any matches.

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Tommy Aaron 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Homero Blancas 2.5 2–1–1 1–1–0 0–0–0 1–0–1
Gay Brewer 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–1 0–0–0 1–1–0
Billy Casper 4 4–2–0 2–0–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Lou Graham 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–0 0–1–1 0–0–0
Dave Hill 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Jack Nicklaus 4.5 4–1–1 1–0–1 2–0–0 1–1–0
Arnold Palmer 2 2–3–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Chi-Chi Rodríguez 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–0 0–1–1 0–0–0
J. C. Snead 3 3–1–0 2–0–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Lee Trevino 4 3–1–2 1–0–1 1–1–0 1–0–1
Tom Weiskopf 3.5 3–2–1 1–0–1 1–1–0 1–1–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "U.S. prevails in Ryder Cup". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 23 September 1973. p. 5D.
  2. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ Green, Bob (22 June 1973). "Johnny Miller ineligible for Ryder Cup team". Lewiston Evening Journal. Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press. p. 18.
  4. ^ "Ryder cup captains choose predictable partnerships". Glasgow Herald. 20 September 1973. p. 5.
  5. ^ "Scottish pair show the way to British lead". Glasgow Herald. 21 September 1973. p. 4.
  6. ^ "Americans now hold the balance of power". Glasgow Herald. 21 September 1973. p. 2.
  7. ^ "US victory confirms hopeless imbalance of Ryder cup". Glasgow Herald. 24 September 1973. p. 5.

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