The Ryder Cup has been a sensation for a long time. It’s competitive golf with different teams. The event takes place every two years.
If you play golf or are a fan, you already know what it is. But have you ever wondered about the Ryder Cup’s history? We got you from start to finish.
Multiple teams from the United States and Europe attend the Ryder Cup. Some bring the trophy home, and some don’t. Three days full of competition and thrill, with over twenty matches.
This post is all about the Ryder Cup and its history. All summed up in easy words so you can understand it.
Let’s get right into it.
- Samuel Ryder founded Ryder Cup.
- The United States won the first Ryder Cup.
- The Ryder Cup occurs every two years.
- Ryder Cup was canceled three times due to unavoidable circumstances.
How Was Ryder Cup Founded?
Samuel Ryder, a golfer and a merchant, founded Ryder Cup. Who became interested in golf in his fifties.
Ryder fell sick, and his friend suggested exercising and playing golf with him. After playing Ryder’s first game, he was obsessed. Thus, Ryder Cup was born.
The first official Ryder Cup was held in 1927 in Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts. We say “official” because two unofficial Ryder Cups were held before Worcester. One in Gleneagles (1921) and the other in Wentworth (1926).
Gleneagles and Wentworth’s Ryder Cup were unofficial due to many reasons. Some of these are lack of players, field management, teams, participation, etc. After the first official Ryder Cup in Worcester, it was decided for the competition to occur every two years.
Who Won the First Ryder Cup?
The first Ryder Cup, or the Worcester Ryder Cup, was won by the United States.
Walter Hagen was the captain of the USA team in the 1927 Ryder Cup. He was the first player to bring the first Ryder Cup trophy home. Unfortunately, Samuel Ryder was absent due to his sickness.
The United States dominated Great Britain with a victory score of 9.5 against 2.5. Both countries’ players performed great. Here are the statistics:
United States Statistics
|Players||Overall Scores (Including singles and foursomes)|
Great Britain Statistics
|Players||Overall Scores (Including singles and foursomes)|
The USA won the first Ryder Cup easily by 91⁄2–21⁄2.
Ryder Cup Winners From Start to Finish
You see, we could have written a wordy post about how each team annihilated their opponents in the finals of the Ryder Cup. But you’d be bored when we finish with the history. So here is a table for all the Ryder Cup winners from 1927 to 2021.
|1927||United States||Great Britain|
|1929||Great Britain||United States|
|1931||United States||Great Britain|
|1933||Great Britain||United States|
|1935||United States||Great Britain|
|1937||United States||Great Britain|
|1939-1945||Ryder Cup was not held|||
|1947||United States||Great Britain|
|1949||United States||Great Britain|
|1951||United States||Great Britain|
|1953||United States||Great Britain|
|1955||United States||Great Britain|
|1957||Great Britain||United States|
|1959||United States||Great Britain|
|1961||United States||Great Britain|
|1963||United States||Great Britain|
|1965||United States||Great Britain|
|1967||United States||Great Britain|
|1969||United States||Great Britain|
|1971||United States||Great Britain|
|1973||United States||Great Britain & Ireland|
|1975||United States||Great Britain & Ireland|
|1977||United States||Great Britain & Ireland|
|1989||United States||United States|
|1997||United States||United States|
|1999||Ryder Cup was not held|
|2020||Ryder Cup was not held|
Ryder Cup has been held continuously with a two-year gap since it was founded. However, there were three times when it did not follow the order.
Ryder Cup was not held between 1939-1945 because of World War II. It was canceled in 2001 because of terrorists’ 9/11. Lastly, the competition was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.
The United States and Great Britain have dominated the Ryder Cup since 1927. Great Britain appeared in the Ryder Cup after 1977, inclusive of Europe and not as an individual country.
How the Format Changed After 1977
Ryder Cup matches and playing style took a different route in 1979, the first year Europe took an entry.
20 matches were played in Ryder Cup, which was three days long. From 1979, the number of matches increased to 28. This format is still used today, as it seems the most appropriate.
Four four-ball matches are played, along with eight foursomes, on the first two days of the Ryder Cup. Followed by twelve individual matches on the last day of the cup.
Since this big change, the United States was an excellent team, but Europe took over quickly. The USA has won nine Ryder Cup, and Europe with a whopping twelve wins since 1979.
Who Won the Last Ryder Cup?
The last Ryder Cup was in 2021, held in the United States and won by the host country.
The United States crushed the match by a 19-9 score against Europe. The last Ryder Cup was held at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin, United States. This win had the biggest score difference since 1967.
The USA took their youngest team to play the cup. The team was initially intimidated as they were going against the previous Ryder Cup champion, Europe. However, the squad played amazingly; the chart below shows individual player results.
|Players: USA||Overall Scores (Including singles and foursomes)|
With this score, the USA was going against Europe. This is how the European players performed:
|Players: Europe||Overall Scores (Including singles and foursomes)|
We think the European players would have done much better if they could continue their performances from the first two days, along with Rahm and Garcia’s scores.
The Ryder Cup is a sophisticated sport played by hundreds from many countries. The cup was founded by a merchant who fell in love with golfing while he was playing it for fun.
The first and the last world cup held till now was won by the United States. The USA has held its pride as the Ryder Cup started from the country. There was a change in the playing format in 1979, but everything worked out fine.
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