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1977 Ryder Cup

22nd Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   15–17 September 1977
Venue   Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Location   Lytham St Annes, England
Captains   Brian Huggett (GB&I)
Dow Finsterwald (USA)


  7½    12½  
United States wins the Ryder Cup

«1975

1979»

Lytham &
St Annes
Location in England

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. 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.

Format

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.

Teams

Thursday's foursome matches

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 matches

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 matches

Results
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
5 Session 5
Overall 12½

Individual player records

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

Source: [2]

Great Britain and Ireland

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 States

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

References

  1. ^ "Ryder Cup 2006 » History » 1977 Results". The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Limited, and Turner Sports Interactive. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  2. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  • "Ryder Cup – 1977". About:Golf. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  • "Ryder Cup history: 1977". BBC Sport. 2004-09-13. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 

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