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Who Are All the Golfers Who've Been Ryder Cup Captains?

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Jack Nicklaus 1972

Jack Nicklaus was the U.S. Ryder Cup captain in 1983 and 1987.

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Question: Who Are All the Golfers Who've Been Ryder Cup Captains?

Below is the full list of individuals who have performed the duties of Ryder Cup captains. For each year, the American captain is listed first, followed by the opposing captain (that would be the Great Britain captain from 1927 through 1971; Great Britain and Ireland - or GB&I - captain in 1973, 1975 and 1977; and European captain from 1979 to present). Below the list are the records for most wins, lossses and times served as captain.

Answer: (Note: Click on the year to view the results of each Ryder Cup)

2014 - Tom Watson - Paul McGinley
2012 - Davis Love III - Jose Maria Olazabal
2010 - Corey Pavin - Colin Montgomerie
2008 - Paul Azinger - Nick Faldo
2006 - Tom Lehman - Ian Woosnam
2004 - Hal Sutton - Bernhard Langer
2002 - Curtis Strange - Sam Torrance
1999 - Ben Crenshaw - Mark James
1997 - Tom Kite - Seve Ballesteros
1995 - Lanny Wadkins - Bernard Gallacher
1993 - Tom Watson - Bernard Gallacher
1991 - Dave Stockton - Bernard Gallacher
1989 - Raymond Floyd - Tony Jacklin
1987 - Jack Nicklaus - Tony Jacklin
1985 - Lee Trevino - Tony Jacklin
1983 - Jack Nicklaus - Tony Jacklin
1981 - Dave Marr - John Jacobs
1979 - Billy Casper - John Jacobs
1977 - Dow Finsterwald - Brian Huggett
1975 - Arnold Palmer - Bernard Hunt
1973 - Jack Burke Jr. - Bernard Hunt
1971 - Jay Hebert - Eric Brown
1969 - Sam Snead - Eric Brown
1967 - Ben Hogan - Dai Rees
1965 - Byron Nelson - Harry Weetman
1963 - Arnold Palmer - John Fallon
1961 - Jerry Barber - Dai Rees
1959 - Sam Snead - Dai Rees
1957 - Jack Burke Jr. - Dai Rees
1955 - Chick Harbert - Dai Rees
1953 - Lloyd Mangrum - Henry Cotton
1951 - Sam Snead - Arthur Lacey
1949 - Ben Hogan - Charles Whitcombe
1947 - Ben Hogan - Henry Cotton
1937 - Walter Hagen - Charles Whitcombe
1935 - Walter Hagen - Charles Whitcombe
1933 - Walter Hagen - J.H. Taylor
1931 - Walter Hagen - Charles Whitcombe
1929 - Walter Hagen - George Duncan
1927 - Walter Hagen - Ted Ray

Most Times as Ryder Cup Captain
6 times - Walter Hagen (1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937)
5 times - Dai Rees (1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1967)
4 times - Tony Jacklin (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989); Charles Whitcombe (1931, 1935, 1937, 1949)
3 times - Ben Hogan (1947, 1949, 1967), Sam Snead (1951, 1959, 1969), Bernard Gallacher (1991, 1993, 1995)

Most Wins as Ryder Cup Captain
Walter Hagen, 4
Ben Hogan, 3
Tony Jacklin, 2*
Arnold Palmer, 2
Sam Snead, 2

*Jacklin's overall record was 2 wins, 1 loss and 1 halve. But Europe retained the Cup in the year of the tie, so Jacklin's teams won or held the Cup three times.

Most Losses as Ryder Cup Captain
Dai Rees, 4
Charles Whitcombe, 3
Walter Hagen, 2
Henry Cotton, 2
Bernard Gallacher, 2
Bernard Hunt, 2
John Jacobs, 2

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