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The Ryder Cup Through the Years

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RYDER CUP-THE 90'S and Today

The decade of the 90's yielded the most competive Ryder Cup games since they began. In fact, the competitiveness. The U.S. won three of five matches and were captained by Dave Stockton, Tom Watson, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. In 2001, Europe took the U.S. to school at the Belfry, paving the way for the opportunity for the U.S. to win back the Ryder Cup this year at Oakland Hills CC.


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The Ryder Cup in the 1980's

In the 80's, golf began to even out between the U.S. and Europe. Each team had two victories and the other matched ended in a tie. It was at this time that the Ryder Cup began to have more meaning for the golfing public.


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The Ryder Cup in the 1970's


The 70's were once again a downright nightmare for the Brits as they continued their losing ways, with five losses. Jay Herbert, Jack Burke, Arnold Palmer, Dow Finsterwald and Billy Casper all took turns at the helm as Ryder Cup captains, winners all. Join our hosts, Bill Shelton and "The Haig" for the highlights of this decade.

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The Ryder Cup in the 1960's


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The Ryder Cup in the 1950's


Professional golf became very popular with stars like Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer now appearing on television. Women like Babe Zaharias-Didrikson created the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1950, so women were joining men on golf courses all over America. It was against this background that the Ryder Cup continued to strengthen its hold on the golfing community after its spartan comeback after the war. The 50's Ryder Cup matches were remembered by the teams going to a football game together, the outstanding play of Jimmy Demaret, Michigan's Walter Burkemo, Mike Souchak and Chick Harbert playing on U.S. teams, the captaincy of Sam Snead and Lloyd Magrum, a very scary plane ride and the first defeat of the U.S. team since 1933. Viewers will also be treated to an interview with Al Barlow and Mary Sarazen about Gene Sarazen's Wonderful World of Golf and the impact it had on the sport.
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The Ryder Cup in the 1940's -- The War Years


In 1947, the U.S. defeated Britain's 11-1 as the teams resumed play after WWII. Robert Hudson, a fruit grower and canner, stepped up with money and the use of the Portland Golf Club in Oregon. Hudson met the team as they stepped off the Queen Mary and joined them on their 4 day travel across the country. The U.S. Team featured Byron Nelson and Sam Snead and The British Team returned Dai Rees, Henry Cotton and King.

In 1949, the match got tighter as the U.S. beat Britain by a 7-5 score. Ben Hogan captained for the U.S. with Charles Whitcombe taking the helm for the British Team. Hogan, was a non playing captain that was still recovering from his accident. Hogan caused a stir when he complained about the grooves on the clubs of some of the British players. This was, no doubt, his retaliation for an incident in 1947 when Britain's Henry Cotton asked for an inspection of Hogan's clubs.

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The 1937 Ryder Cup - "The Haig" sets one out


Walter Hagen sat this Ryder Cup out, as he made room for new blood, notably Slamming Sammy Snead. The U.S. broke through to capture the first Ryder Cup won on foreign soil, winning 8-4 at Southport & Ainsdale Country Club, Southport, England. The U.S. playing captains were Ben Hogan (US) and Henry Cotton (GB)
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The Haig Remembers the 1935 Ryder Cup


1935 Ridgewood Country Club, Ridgewood, New Jersey Captains: Walter Hagen (US), Charles Whitcombe (GB) USA 9GB 3

The trio of Whitcombe brothers were no match for Hagen, Sarazen and Smith, as the American team broke into an early lead that was never relinquished. Henry Picard and Johnny Revolta also acquitted themselves nicely as they beat Percy Alliss and Alf Padghan. Hagen, who competed for the final time, joined Sarazen for an easy 7-6 win over Alf Perry and Jack Busson. Hagen passed up his final match and finished his Ryder Cup career with a 7-1-1 record.

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The Haig Remembers the 1933 Ryder Cup


This was a controversial tournament for "The Haig". The match played at Southport & Ainsdale in front of 15,000 spectators, was tied going into the final hole. At the time "The Haig" was in the presence of the Duke of Windsor and hesitated to go to Denny Shute to apprise him of the score. Shute, not realizing he could lay up with his putt, hit it firmly past the hole and missed coming back. Better yet, tune in and let Walter tell the story.
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The Haig Remembers His 1931 Ryder Cup


Bill Shelton interviews "The Haig" in the third show of the Michigan Golfer Television Show series on the Ryder Cup. In this segment Bill and The Haig discuss the the 1931 match at Scioto CC in Columbus, Ohio. Here The Haig led team won easily, 9-3.
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The 1929 Ryder Cup


The Haig recalls the thumping that the American Ryder Cup team got at Moortown in 1929.
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The Haig Remembers his first Ryder Cup in 1927


Bill Shelton interviews the "The Haig" to start off our Michigan Golfer Television Show series on the Ryder Cup. In this segment Bill and the Haig discuss the challenges of getting the Ryser Cup started along with Sam Ryder's part in it. The Haig also discusses the possible impact a six day trip on the Aquitania had on the Bristish team.
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Intro to the Ryder Cup


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