|Dates||15–17 September 1977|
|Venue||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club|
|Location||Lytham St Annes, England|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
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. 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.
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, 101⁄2 points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
|Team Great Britain and Ireland|
|Brian Huggett||40||Non-playing captain|
|Dow Finsterwald||48||Non-playing captain|
Thursday's foursome matchesEdit
|Gallacher/Barnes||3 & 1||Wadkins/Irwin|
|Faldo/Oosterhuis||2 & 1||Floyd/Graham|
|Horton/James||5 & 4||Nicklaus/Watson|
Friday's four-ball matchesEdit
|Barnes/Horton||5 & 4||Watson/Green|
|Coles/Dawson||5 & 3||Sneed/Wadkins|
|Faldo/Oosterhuis||3 & 1||Nicklaus/Floyd|
|Jacklin/Darcy||5 & 3||Hill/Stockton|
Saturday's singles matchesEdit
|Howard Clark||4 & 3||Lanny Wadkins|
|Neil Coles||5 & 3||Lou Graham|
|Peter Dawson||5 & 4||Don January|
|Brian Barnes||1 up||Hale Irwin|
|Tommy Horton||5 & 4||Dave Hill|
|Bernard Gallacher||1 up||Jack Nicklaus|
|Eamonn Darcy||1 up||Hubert Green|
|Mark James||2 & 1||Raymond Floyd|
|Nick Faldo||1 up||Tom Watson|
|Peter Oosterhuis||2 up||Jerry McGee|
Individual player recordsEdit
Each entry refers to the win–loss–half record of the player.
Great Britain and IrelandEdit
- "Ryder Cup 2006 » History » 1977 Results". The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Limited, and Turner Sports Interactive. Archived from the original on 22 October 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2007.
- "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.