Guest Post – 11 Facts about the Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup is without a doubt, one of the most epic sporting events to grace this planet. The rivalry, the intensity and the talent on show just puts it on another level, it also plays an integral part in many husband and wife arguments, e.g. “give me that bloody remote you are not watching the golf all day again”.

With just over a month to go until the action starts at Gleneagles, I thought it would be a good idea to share some interesting Ryder Cup facts.

  • Amazingly, it wasn’t until 1977 that a left handed player took part in the tournament! Englishman Peter Dawson was the first leftie; does this mean that right handed people are better golfers?
  • The official Ryder Cup trophy weighs in at four pounds and is 17 inches tall and 9 inches wide. This makes it 3 inches taller than the FIFA World Cup trophy.
  • The youngest ever golfer to feature in the Ryder Cup was Sergio Garcia. He set this record in 1999 when he made an appearance at the tender age of just 19! Does this mean that he played the tournament in his nappy?
  • The oldest golfer to feature in the Ryder Cup was Raymond Floyd who made his debut in 1993 at the age of 51.

    The battlefield - Courtesy of

    The battlefield, Gleneagles – Courtesy of

  • The Ryder Cup was named after Samuel Ryder, an absolute legend who founded the tournament in 1927. He also commissioned the trophy and insisted that the figure on top of the trophy would resemble golfing great Abe Mitchell.
  • Prior to becoming team Europe in 1979, Europe was known as Great Britain. The change allowed for a host of new talent to become available, making them a much more competitive outfit.
  • In the entire history of the Ryder Cup, there have been just six hole in ones, only one of which came from an American golfer.
  • With an excellent overall record that stands at 23 victories, Sir Nick Faldo has more Ryder Cup match winds under his belt than any other golfer. This fact is a testament to his incredible commitment and dedication.

    Ryder Cup legend - Sir Nick Courtesy of

    Ryder Cup legend – Sir Nick Courtesy of

  • In the unfortunate event of an injury to a player from either team (e.g. broken nail), both captains keep the name of one secret team member in a sealed envelope. The chosen player will then withdraw from the singles if either of the teams is unable to field 12 players. Both teams are then awarded half a point each.
  • Before the Ryder Cup was established, two matches were played between Great Britain and the United States, Great Britain won both matches! Boom!
  • In the entire history of the Ryder Cup, three sets of brothers have teamed up to represent Europe. Ernest, Charles and Reg Whitcombe were the first, representing Great Britain in 1935. In 1965, Geoffrey and Bernard Hunt were the second set of British brothers to team up in the Ryder Cup, falling to a comprehensive defeat.   In 2010, Eduardo and Francesco Molinario became the third set of brothers to team up in the Ryder Cup. They played an important part in Colin Montgomerie’s 2010 Ryder Cup winning team.


Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I hope you found it interesting. Roll on the 2014 Ryder Cup!

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This article was contributed by David at Venatour Ryder Cup Tickets


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