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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.[1][2] 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.[3] The next time the competition was held in the U.S. in 1979, the visiting team included players from continental Europe.

21st Ryder Cup Matches
DatesSeptember 19–21, 1975
VenueLaurel Valley Golf Club
LocationLigonier, Pennsylvania
Captains
United States 21 11 United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
United States wins the Ryder Cup
← 1973
1977 →
Laurel Valley  Golf Club is located in the United States
Laurel Valley  Golf Club
Laurel Valley 
Golf Club
Location in the United States
Laurel Valley Golf Club is located in Pennsylvania
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Location in Pennsylvania

Laurel Valley was co-founded by U.S. captain Arnold Palmer and had hosted the PGA Championship a decade earlier, in 1965.

Contents

FormatEdit

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was adjusted slightly from the 1973 Ryder Cup, with the second day sessions being swapped:

  • 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.

TeamsEdit

Source:[4]

  Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Arnold Palmer 46 Non-playing captain
Billy Casper 44 7 33 18–9–6 63.64
Raymond Floyd 33 1 4 0–2–2 25.00
Al Geiberger 38 1 5 3–1–1 70.00
Lou Graham 37 1 2 0–1–1 25.00
Hale Irwin 30 0 Rookie
Gene Littler 45 6 24 11–5–8 62.50
Johnny Miller 28 0 Rookie
Bob Murphy 32 0 Rookie
Jack Nicklaus 35 3 16 10–4–2 68.75
J. C. Snead 34 2 8 7–1–0 87.50
Lee Trevino 35 3 17 9–4–4 64.71
Tom Weiskopf 32 1 6 3–2–1 58.33


    Team Great Britain and Ireland
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
  Bernard Hunt 45 Non-playing captain
  Brian Barnes 30 3 12 4–8–0 33.33
  Maurice Bembridge 30 3 13 5–5–3 50.00
  Eamonn Darcy 23 0 Rookie
  Bernard Gallacher 26 3 13 7–5–1 57.69
  Tommy Horton 34 0 Rookie
  Brian Huggett 38 5 23 8–9–6 47.83
  Guy Hunt 28 0 Rookie
  Tony Jacklin 31 4 23 10–8–5 54.35
  Christy O'Connor Jnr 27 0 Rookie
  John O'Leary 26 0 Rookie
  Peter Oosterhuis 27 2 12 6–4–2 58.33
  Norman Wood 28 0 Rookie

Friday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

    Results  
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
0 Session 4
0 Overall 4

Afternoon four-ballEdit

    Results  
Oosterhuis/Jacklin    2 & 1 Casper/Floyd
Darcy/O'Connor   3 & 2 Weiskopf/Graham
Barnes/Gallacher halved Nicklaus/Murphy
Horton/O'Leary   2 & 1 Trevino/Irwin
Session
Overall

Saturday's matchesEdit

Morning four-ballEdit

    Results  
Oosterhuis/Jacklin halved Casper/Miller
Horton/Wood   4 & 2 Nicklaus/Snead
Barnes/Gallacher   5 & 3 Littler/Graham
Darcy/Hunt halved Geiberger/Floyd
1 Session 3
Overall

Afternoon foursomesEdit

    Results  
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
1 Session 3
Overall 12½

Sunday's matchesEdit

Individual player recordsEdit

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

Source:[5]

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Billy Casper 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–1–1
Raymond Floyd 1.5 1–1–1 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–1
Al Geiberger 3 2–0–2 0–0–1 2–0–0 0–0–1
Lou Graham 3 3–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0
Hale Irwin 4.5 4–0–1 1–0–1 2–0–0 1–0–0
Gene Littler 3 3–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Johnny Miller 2.5 2–1–1 0–1–0 2–0–0 0–0–1
Bob Murphy 2.5 2–1–1 2–0–0 0–1–0 0–0–1
Jack Nicklaus 2.5 2–2–1 0–2–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
J. C. Snead 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Lee Trevino 2.5 2–2–1 0–1–1 1–1–0 1–0–0
Tom Weiskopf 4 4–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 1–0–0

Great Britain and IrelandEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Brian Barnes 2.5 2–2–1 2–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–1
Maurice Bembridge 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–0–0
Eamonn Darcy 0.5 0–3–1 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–1
Bernard Gallacher 1.5 0–2–3 0–0–2 0–1–0 0–1–1
Tommy Horton 1.5 1–3–1 1–0–1 0–1–0 0–2–0
Brian Huggett 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0
Guy Hunt 0.5 0–2–1 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–1
Tony Jacklin 2.5 2–3–1 0–2–0 1–1–0 1–0–1
Christy O'Connor 0 0–2–0 0–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
John O'Leary 0 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Peter Oosterhuis 3.5 3–2–1 2–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–1
Norman Wood 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (September 22, 1975). "British retreat from Ligonier as Ryder Cup remains in U.S." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Dan (September 29, 1975). "As much play as match". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  3. ^ "US golfers rout British". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. September 22, 1975. p. 11-part 2.
  4. ^ "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.

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