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The 22nd Ryder Cup Matches were held at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. The United States team won the competition by a score of 12½ to 7½ points.

22nd Ryder Cup Matches
Dates15–17 September 1977
VenueRoyal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
LocationLytham St Annes, England
Captains
United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
12½ United States
United States wins the Ryder Cup
← 1975
1979 →
Lytham & St Annes is located in England
Lytham & St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in England

The event was the last time that a Great Britain and Ireland team would compete for the Ryder Cup. During the competition, officials from the PGA of America and the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland discussed the possibility of allowing players from continental Europe to participate in the Cup, and Jack Nicklaus also advocated this change in a meeting with Lord Derby.[1] The Deed of Trust that was struck with the PGA of Great Britain and Samuel Ryder was amended in time for the 1979 matches, and changed the popularity and competitive balance of the Ryder Cup.

Contents

FormatEdit

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was reduced in scope from the formats used from 1963 through 1975, with only 20 matches played instead of 32. The schedule of play was as follows:

  • Day 1 — 5 foursome (alternate shot) matches
  • Day 2 — 5 four-ball (better ball) matches
  • Day 3 — 10 singles matches

With a total of 20 points, 10½ 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
  Brian Huggett 40 Non-playing captain
  Brian Barnes 32 4 17 6–10–1 38.24
  Ken Brown 20 0 Rookie
  Howard Clark 23 0 Rookie
  Neil Coles 42 7 37 12–18–7 41.89
  Eamonn Darcy 25 1 4 0–3–1 12.50
  Peter Dawson 27 0 Rookie
  Nick Faldo 20 0 Rookie
  Bernard Gallacher 28 4 18 7–7–4 50.00
  Tommy Horton 36 1 5 1–3–1 30.00
  Tony Jacklin 33 5 29 12–11–6 51.72
  Mark James 23 0 Rookie
  Peter Oosterhuis 29 3 18 9–6–3 58.33


  Team USA
Name Age Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Dow Finsterwald 48 Non-playing captain
Raymond Floyd 35 2 7 1–3–3 35.71
Lou Graham 39 2 6 3–2–1 58.33
Hubert Green 30 0 Rookie
Dave Hill 40 2 7 4–3–0 57.14
Hale Irwin 32 1 5 4–0–1 90.00
Don January 47 1 5 2–2–1 50.00
Jerry McGee 34 0 Rookie
Jack Nicklaus 37 4 21 12–6–3 64.29
Ed Sneed 33 0 Rookie
Dave Stockton 35 1 3 1–1–1 50.00
Lanny Wadkins 27 0 Rookie
Tom Watson 28 0 Rookie

Thursday's foursome matchesEdit

    Results  
Gallacher/Barnes   3 & 1 Wadkins/Irwin
Coles/Dawson   1 up Stockton/McGee
Faldo/Oosterhuis    2 & 1 Floyd/Graham
Darcy/Jacklin halved Sneed/January
Horton/James   5 & 4 Nicklaus/Watson
Session
Overall

Friday's four-ball matchesEdit

    Results  
Barnes/Horton   5 & 4 Watson/Green
Coles/Dawson   5 & 3 Sneed/Wadkins
Faldo/Oosterhuis    3 & 1 Nicklaus/Floyd
Jacklin/Darcy   5 & 3 Hill/Stockton
James/Brown   1 up Irwin/Graham
1 Session 4
Overall

Saturday's singles 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 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Ken Brown 0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Howard Clark 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–0–0
Neil Coles 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Eamonn Darcy 0.5 0–2–1 0–1–0 0–0–1 0–1–0
Peter Dawson 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Nick Faldo 3 3–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Bernard Gallacher 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Tommy Horton 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Tony Jacklin 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–0 0–0–1 0–1–0
Mark James 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Peter Oosterhuis 3 3–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Raymond Floyd 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Lou Graham 2 2–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Hubert Green 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
Dave Hill 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
Hale Irwin 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Don January 0.5 0–1–1 0–1–0 0–0–1 0–0–0
Jerry McGee 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0
Jack Nicklaus 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Ed Sneed 1.5 1–0–1 0–0–0 0–0–1 1–0–0
Dave Stockton 2 2–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Lanny Wadkins 3 3–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0
Tom Watson 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 1–0–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ryder Cup 2006 » History » 1977 Results". The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Limited, and Turner Sports Interactive. Retrieved 14 March 2007.}}
  2. ^ a b "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.

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