1975 Ryder Cup
The 21st Ryder Cup Matches were held September 19–21 at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. The United States team won the competition by a score of 21 to 11 points. After the competition, questions started to be asked about the future of the event, as Britain and Ireland had once again failed to seriously challenge the United States team. The next time the competition was held in the U.S. in 1979, the visiting team included players from continental Europe.
|Dates||September 19–21, 1975|
|Venue||Laurel Valley Golf Club|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
- Day 1 — 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session
- Day 2 — 4 four-ball matches in a morning session and 4 foursome 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.
|Arnold Palmer||46||Non-playing captain|
|J. C. Snead||34||2||8||7–1–0||87.50|
Eight members of the Great Britain and Ireland team were chosen from the money leaders in 1975 European Tour events after the Benson & Hedges Festival on 16 August, with the remaining four members of the 12-man team selected by a committee. The eight automatic selections were: Eamonn Darcy, Maurice Bembridge, Brian Barnes, Bernard Gallacher, Norman Wood, John O'Leary, Guy Hunt and Brian Huggett. The committee chose two US-based players, Tony Jacklin and Peter Oosterhuis, together with Christy O'Connor Jnr and Tommy Horton. Horton was selected despite finishing 15th in the points list, making his debut at the age of 34.
|Team Great Britain and Ireland|
|Bernard Hunt||45||Non-playing captain|
|Christy O'Connor Jnr||27||0||Rookie|
|Barnes/Gallacher||5 & 4||Nicklaus/Weiskopf|
|Wood/Bembridge||4 & 3||Littler/Irwin|
|Jacklin/Oosterhuis||3 & 1||Geiberger/Miller|
|Horton/O'Leary||2 & 1||Trevino/Snead|
|Oosterhuis/Jacklin||2 & 1||Casper/Floyd|
|Darcy/O'Connor||3 & 2||Weiskopf/Graham|
|Horton/O'Leary||2 & 1||Trevino/Irwin|
|Horton/Wood||4 & 2||Nicklaus/Snead|
|Barnes/Gallacher||5 & 3||Littler/Graham|
|Jacklin/Huggett||3 & 2||Trevino/Murphy|
|O'Connor/O'Leary||5 & 3||Weiskopf/Miller|
|Oosterhuis/Bembridge||3 & 2||Irwin/Casper|
|Darcy/Hunt||3 & 2||Geiberger/Graham|
|Tony Jacklin||2 & 1||Bob Murphy|
|Peter Oosterhuis||2 up||Johnny Miller|
|Bernard Gallacher||halved||Lee Trevino|
|Tommy Horton||halved||Hale Irwin|
|Brian Huggett||4 & 2||Gene Littler|
|Eamonn Darcy||3 & 2||Billy Casper|
|Guy Hunt||5 & 3||Tom Weiskopf|
|Brian Barnes||4 & 2||Jack Nicklaus|
|Tony Jacklin||1 up||Raymond Floyd|
|Peter Oosterhuis||3 & 2||J. C. Snead|
|Bernard Gallacher||halved||Al Geiberger|
|Tommy Horton||2 & 1||Lou Graham|
|John O'Leary||2 & 1||Hale Irwin|
|Maurice Bembridge||2 & 1||Bob Murphy|
|Norman Wood||2 & 1||Lee Trevino|
|Brian Barnes||2 & 1||Jack Nicklaus|
Individual player recordsEdit
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
|J. C. Snead||2||2–1–0||0–1–0||1–0–0||1–0–0|
Great Britain and IrelandEdit
- Parascenzo, Marino (September 22, 1975). "British retreat from Ligonier as Ryder Cup remains in U.S." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.
- Jenkins, Dan (September 29, 1975). "As much play as match". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
- "US golfers rout British". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. September 22, 1975. p. 11-part 2.
- "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- "Norman Wood gains Ryder Cup place". The Glasgow Herald. August 18, 1974. p. 15.
- "Horton chosen for Ryder Cup but is centre of controversy again". The Times. August 19, 1975. p. 6.
- "British Ryder Cup team completed". Glasgow Herald. August 19, 1975. p. 21.
- "Coles drop out of Ryder Cup". The Guardian. August 6, 1975. p. 18.
- "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.