Double Diamond International

The Double Diamond International was a team golf tournament that was played from 1971 to 1977. It was hosted in England for the first three years, and then in Scotland.

From 1974 and 1977 the event was preceded by an individual 36-hole stroke play tournament that was included on the British PGA tournament circuit; the circuit would later become officially recognised as the European Tour.

WinnersEdit

Year Venue Winners Points Runner-up Points
Double Diamond Golf Classic
1977 Gleneagles Hotel   United States Australasia ½
1976 Gleneagles Hotel   England 2 Rest of the World 2
Double Diamond International
1975 Turnberry The Americas 26 Rest of the World 22
1974 Gleneagles Hotel   England 31 Rest of the World 28
1973 Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich   Scotland 27   Ireland 25
1972 Pannal Golf Club   England 39   Europe 35
1971 South Staffs Golf Club   England 6   Ireland 4

England won in 1976 by being 2 holes up in the four matches played in the final against the Rest of the World.

1971Edit

The tournament was played on 21, 22, and 23 October, between the four home nations at South Staffs Golf Club, with each team playing the other three. There were teams of 6, with 2 foursomes matches in the morning and 6 singles in the afternoon. All matches were over 18 holes.[1] The total prize money was £10,250.

The teams were:

MatchesEdit

Thursday 21 October [2]

Team Score Team Score Halved
  England 6   Wales 1 1
  Ireland 5   Scotland 2 1

Friday 22 October [3]

Team Score Team Score Halved
  England 7   Ireland 1 0
  Wales 6   Scotland 2 0

Saturday 23 October [4]

Team Score Team Score Halved
  Ireland 4   Wales 3 1
  England 5   Scotland 2 1

Final tableEdit

Team Matches Individual games Points
Won Lost Won Lost Halved
  England 3 0 18 4 2 6
  Ireland 2 1 10 12 2 4
  Wales 1 2 10 12 2 2
  Scotland 0 3 6 16 2 0

Neil Coles, John Garner, Tommy Horton, Jimmy Kinsella, Peter Townsend won their 3 singles matches and shared the individual prize of £350.[4] Kinsella beat all the three opposing captains in his singles matches.

1972Edit

The tournament was played on 31 August and 1 and 2 September between six teams, the four home nations, Continental Europe and the Rest of the World. The event was played at Pannal Golf Club, Harrogate with each team playing the other five. There were teams of 8 with each match consisting of 6 singles matches over 18 holes. Two points were awarded for each match won with one point for a halved match. The overall winner was decided on points won. The total prize money was £15,000.[5]

The teams were:

MatchesEdit

Thursday 31 August [6]

Team Points Team Points
  England 9   Wales 3
  Ireland 7 Rest of the World 5
  Europe 8   Ireland 4
  Scotland 7   Wales 5
  England 8 Rest of the World 4

Friday 1 September [7]

Team Points Team Points
  Europe 7   Scotland 5
Rest of the World 6   Wales 6
  England 7   Ireland 5
Rest of the World 6   Scotland 6
  Europe 10   Wales 2

Saturday 2 September [8]

Team Points Team Points
  Scotland 8   Ireland 4
  England 6   Europe 6
  Ireland 8   Wales 4
Rest of the World 8   Europe 4
  England 9   Scotland 3

Final tableEdit

Team Matches Points
Won Lost Tie
  England 4 0 1 39
  Europe 3 1 1 35
Rest of the World 1 2 2 29
  Scotland 2 2 1 29
  Ireland 2 3 0 28
  Wales 0 4 1 20

1973Edit

The tournament was played on 30, 31 August and 1 September between six teams, the four home nations, Continental Europe and the Rest of the World. The event was played at Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich with each team playing the other five. There were teams of 5 with each match consisting of 4 singles matches over 18 holes. Two points were awarded for each match won with one point for a halved match. The overall winner was decided on points won. The total prize money remained at £15,000.[9]

The teams were:

MatchesEdit

Thursday 30 August [10]

Team Points Team Points
  England 4   Wales 4
  Ireland 5   Europe 3
  Scotland 8   Wales 0
  Ireland 6 Rest of the World 2
  England 4   Europe 4

Friday 31 August [11]

Team Points Team Points
  Scotland 6   Ireland 2
Rest of the World 7   Wales 1
  England 4   Ireland 4
Rest of the World 4   Scotland 4
  Europe 6   Wales 2

Saturday 1 September [12]

Team Points Team Points
Rest of the World 6   Europe 2
  England 6   Scotland 2
  Ireland 8   Wales 0
  Scotland 7   Europe 1
  England 4 Rest of the World 4

Final tableEdit

Team Matches Points
Won Lost Tie
  Scotland 3 1 1 27
  Ireland 3 1 1 25
Rest of the World 2 1 2 23
  England 1 0 4 22
  Europe 1 3 1 16
  Wales 0 4 1 7

1974Edit

The tournament was played on 22, 23 and 24 August between six teams, the four home nations, the Continental Europe and the Rest of the World. The event was played at Gleneagles with each team playing the other five. There were teams of 5 with each match consisting of 4 singles matches over 18 holes. Two points were awarded for each match won with one point for a halved match. The overall winner was decided on points won.

The teams were:

MatchesEdit

Thursday 22 August [13]

Team Points Team Points
  England 8   Wales 0
  Europe 4   Ireland 4
  Scotland 5   Wales 3
Rest of the World 6   Ireland 2
  England 8   Europe 0

Friday 23 August [14]

Team Points Team Points
  Ireland 4   Scotland 4
Rest of the World 6   Wales 2
  England 5   Ireland 3
Rest of the World 5   Scotland 3
  Wales 5   Europe 3

Saturday 24 August [15]

Team Points Team Points
Rest of the World 8   Europe 0
  England 5   Scotland 3
  England 5 Rest of the World 3
  Ireland 5   Wales 3
  Scotland 5   Europe 3

Final tableEdit

Team Matches Points
Won Lost Tie
  England 5 0 0 31
Rest of the World 4 0 1 28
  Scotland 2 1 2 20
  Ireland 1 2 2 18
  Wales 1 0 4 13
  Europe 0 1 4 10

1975Edit

The tournament was played on 25, 26 and 27 September between six teams, the four home nations, The Americas and the Rest of the World. The event was played at Turnberry with each team playing the other five. There were teams of 5 with each match consisting of 4 singles matches over 18 holes. Two points were awarded for each match won with one point for a halved match. The overall winner was decided on points won.

The teams were:[16]

MatchesEdit

Thursday 25 September [17]

Team Points Team Points
  England 4   Wales 4
Rest of the World 5   Ireland 3
  Scotland 4   Wales 4
The Americas 5   Ireland 3
Rest of the World 5   England 3

Friday 26 September [18]

Team Points Team Points
  Ireland 4   Scotland 4
The Americas 6   Wales 2
  England 4   Ireland 4
The Americas 5   Scotland 3
Rest of the World 5   Wales 3

Saturday 27 September [19]

Team Points Team Points
The Americas 4 Rest of the World 4
  England 4   Scotland 4
  Ireland 4   Wales 4
  Scotland 5 Rest of the World 3
The Americas 6   England 2

Final tableEdit

Team Matches Points
Won Lost Tie
The Americas 4 0 1 26
Rest of the World 3 1 1 22
  Scotland 1 1 3 20
  Ireland 0 2 3 18
  England 0 2 3 17
  Wales 0 2 3 17

1976Edit

The tournament was played on 19, 20 and 21 August between eight teams, the four home nations, Continental Europe, the United States, Australasia and the Rest of the World. The event was played at Gleneagles. Teams were divided into two group of four with the each team playing the others in the group on the first two days. The leading two teams in each group then played semi-finals and a final on the last day. There were teams of 5 with each match consisting of 4 singles matches over 18 holes. In the group matches, one point was awarded for each match won with half a point for a halved match. The order of the groups was decided on points won. In the event of a tie between two teams the order was decided by the result of the match between the teams and, if this was a tie, on net holes up overall.

The teams were:

Group matchesEdit

Thursday 19 August [20]

Team Points Team Points
  England 3 Australasia 1
  Ireland 2 Rest of the World 2
  Europe 4   United States 0
  Scotland 2   Wales 2
Australasia 2   Ireland 2
Rest of the World 3   England 1

Friday 20 August [21]

Team Points Team Points
  Europe 2   Scotland 2
  United States 2   Wales 2
  England 2   Ireland 2
Australasia 2 Rest of the World 2
  Scotland   United States
  Wales   Europe

Group tablesEdit

Team Matches Points
Won Lost Tie
Rest of the World 1 0 2 7
  England 1 1 1 6
  Ireland 0 0 3 6
Australasia 0 1 2 5

England finished ahead of Ireland since they were 3 holes up while Wales were level.

Team Matches Points
Won Lost Tie
  Europe 1 1 1
  Scotland 1 0 2
  Wales 1 0 2
  United States 0 2 1

Scotland finished ahead of Wales since they were 9 holes up while Wales were 6 holes down.

Knock-outEdit

Saturday 21 August [22]

  Semifinals     Final
             
  Rest of the World  
    Scotland ½    
      Rest of the World 2
        England 2
    England 3½'    
    Europe ½   Third place
 
  Scotland 2
    Europe 2

England won the final because they were 2 holes up in the four matches. Scotland won the third-place match because they were 9 holes up in the four matches.

1977Edit

The tournament was played on 18, 19 and 20 August between eight teams, the four home nations, Continental Europe, the United States, Australasia and the Rest of the World. The event was played at Gleneagles. Teams were divided into two group of four with the each team playing the others in the group on the first two days. The leading two teams in each group then played semi-finals and a final on the last day. There were teams of 5 with each match consisting of 4 singles matches over 18 holes. In the group matches, one point was awarded for each match won with half a point for a halved match. The order of the groups was decided on points won.

The teams were:

Group matchesEdit

Thursday 18 August [23]

Team Points Team Points
Australasia 3   England 1
Rest of the World 4   Ireland 0
  United States 3   Europe 1
  Wales   Scotland
Australasia 2   Ireland 2
  England 2 Rest of the World 2

Friday 19 August [24]

Team Points Team Points
  Scotland   Europe
  United States   Wales
  Ireland 3   England 1
Australasia 3 Rest of the World 1
  Europe 2   Wales 2
  United States   Scotland

Group tablesEdit

Team Matches Points
Won Lost Tie
Australasia 2 0 1 8
Rest of the World 1 1 1 7
  Ireland 1 1 1 5
  England 0 2 1 4
Team Matches Points
Won Lost Tie
  United States 3 0 0 8
  Wales 1 1 1 6
  Scotland 1 2 0
  Europe 0 2 1

Knock-outEdit

Saturday 20 August [25]

  Semifinals     Final
             
  Australasia 3  
    Wales 1    
      Australasia ½
        United States
    United States    
  Rest of the World ½   Third place
 
  Wales 2
  Rest of the World 2

The Rest of the World won the third-place match because they were 8 holes up in the four matches.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Wins by Gallacher and Shade fail to save Scottish team". The Glasgow Herald. 22 October 1971. p. 4.
  3. ^ "England make certain of Double Diamond victory". The Glasgow Herald. 23 October 1971. p. 2.
  4. ^ a b "Scotland lose all but one singles against English". The Glasgow Herald. 25 October 1971. p. 5.
  5. ^ "New matchplay event to spread its wings". The Times. 4 February 1972. p. 10.
  6. ^ "Jacklin not there only for the beer". The Times. 1 September 1972. p. 8.
  7. ^ "Jacklin sets England side a fine example". The Times. 2 September 1972. p. 5.
  8. ^ "Jacklin's superb play inspires England". The Times. 4 September 1972. p. 7.
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  10. ^ "Scots team win their four ties". The Glasgow Herald. 31 August 1973. p. 4.
  11. ^ "Shade unbeaten as Scottish team takes lead". The Glasgow Herald. 1 September 1973. p. 2.
  12. ^ "Scotland's £5000 team triumph". The Glasgow Herald. 3 September 1973. p. 5.
  13. ^ "Oosterhuis and Huggett dim Scottish hopes". The Glasgow Herald. 23 August 1974. p. 4.
  14. ^ "World reduce England's lead to four points". The Glasgow Herald. 24 August 1974. p. 5.
  15. ^ "'Imported' team kept interest alive to end". The Glasgow Herald. 26 August 1974. p. 5.
  16. ^ "Dawson's reward for endurance". The Glasgow Herald. 25 September 1975. p. 19.
  17. ^ "Welsh underdog's take day's honours". The Glasgow Herald. 26 September 1975. p. 23.
  18. ^ "Americas and Rest lead home teams". The Glasgow Herald. 27 September 1975. p. 14.
  19. ^ "Scots just miss second place". The Glasgow Herald. 29 September 1975. p. 17.
  20. ^ "Barnes birdie at last hole save Scots". The Glasgow Herald. 20 August 1976. p. 23.
  21. ^ "Fighting Scots battle through". The Glasgow Herald. 21 August 1976. p. 14.
  22. ^ "Coles - Double Diamond triumph". The Glasgow Herald. 23 August 1976. p. 15.
  23. ^ "D. D. Day - and Scots fall flat". The Glasgow Herald. 19 August 1977. p. 28.
  24. ^ "Wales left to carry home flag". The Glasgow Herald. 20 August 1977. p. 16.
  25. ^ "American put in sparkling finish". The Glasgow Herald. 22 August 1977. p. 17.