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1961 Ryder Cup


Peter Alliss 1961 Ryder Cup

Peter Alliss plays from the rough on Day 1 of the 1961 Ryder Cup.

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Score: USA 14.5, Great Britain 9.5
Site: Royal Lytham & St. Annes in St. Annes, England
Captains: USA - Jerry Barber; Great Britain - Dai Rees
The 1961 Ryder Cup was the last one played over just two days. Beginning with the 1963 Ryder Cup, the match was expanded to three days. Why? Because a new format was added in 1963; the 1961 match was the last one that did not have the fourballs format.

From the institution of the Ryder Cup matches, foursomes and singles match play had been the formats used, up through this point. Here, the teams played two sessions of foursomes on Day 1, then two sessions of singles on Day 2.

A big change that took place at the 1961 Ryder Cup: Matches were no longer 36 holes; here, they started playing 18-hole matches. That's what allowed for the double (morning and afternoon) sessions.

Team USA started strong, winning six of the available eight points in Day 1 foursomes; then coasted to victory in the singles.

Arnold Palmer played his first Ryder Cup for the U.S. and led the team with 3.5 points earned. For Team Great Britain, player-captain Dai Rees played himself all four sessions, and that was a good decision: He led his side with a 3-1-0 record. This was the last Ryder Cup at which the Great Britain side used a player-captain; all future GB/GB&I/Europe captains were non-playing.

Team Rosters:

• USA - Jerry Barber, Billy Casper, Bill Collins, Dow Finsterwald, Doug Ford, Jay Hebert, Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Mike Souchak, Art Wall
• Great Britain - Peter Alliss, Ken Bousfield, Neil Coles, Tom Haliburton, Bernard Hunt, Ralph Moffitt, Christy O'Connor Sr., John Panton, Dai Rees, Harry Weetman


• Christy O'Connor Sr./Peter Alliss, GB, def. Doug Ford/Gene Littler, U.S., 4 and 3
• Art Wall/Jay Hebert, U.S., def. John Panton/Bernard Hunt, GB, 4 and 3
• Billy Casper/Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Dai Rees/Ken Bousfield, GB, 2 and 1
• Bill Collins/Mike Souchak, U.S., def. Tom Haliburton/Neil Coles, GB, 1 up
• Art Wall/Jay Hebert, U.S., def. Christy O'Connor Sr./Peter Alliss, GB, 1-up
• Billy Casper/Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. John Panton/Bernard Hunt, GB, 5 and 4
• Dai Rees/Ken Bousfield, GB, def. Bill Collins/Mike Souchak, U.S., 4 and 2
• Jerry Barber/Dow Finsterwald, U.S., def. Tom Haliburton/Neil Coles, GB, 1-up


• Doug Ford, U.S., def. Harry Weetman, GB, 1-up
• Mike Souchak, U.S., def. Ralph Moffitt, GB, 5 and 4
• Arnold Palmer, U.S., halved with Peter Alliss, GB
• Billy Casper, U.S., def. Ken Bousfield, GB, 5 and 3
• Dai Rees, GB, def. Jay Hebert, U.S., 2 and 1
• Neil Coles, GB, halved with Gene Littler, U.S.
• Bernard Hunt, GB, def. Jerry Barber, U.S., 5 and 4
• Dow Finsterwald, U.S., def. Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, 2 and 1

• Art Wall, U.S., def. Harry Weetman, GB, 1-up
• Peter Alliss, GB, def. Bill Collins, U.S., 3 and 2
• Mike Souchak, U.S., def. Bernard Hunt, GB, 2 and 1
• Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Tom Haliburton, GB, 2 and 1
• Dai Rees, GB, def. Doug Ford, U.S., 4 and 3
• Ken Bousfield, GB, def. Jerry Barber, U.S., 1-up
• Neil Coles, GB, def. Dow Finsterwald, U.S., 1-up
• Gene Littler, U.S., halved with Christy O'Connor Sr., GB

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

Jerry Barber, 1-2-0
Billy Casper, 3-0-0
Bill Collins, 1-2-0
Dow Finsterwald, Jr., 2-1-0
Doug Ford, 1-2-0
Jay Hebert, 2-1-0
Gene Littler, 0-1-2
Arnold Palmer, 3-0-1
Mike Souchak, 3-1-0
Art Wall, 3-0-0

Peter Alliss, 2-1-1
Ken Bousfield, 2-2-0
Neil Coles, 1-2-1
Tom Haliburton, 0-3-0
Bernard Hunt, 1-3-0
Ralph Moffitt, 0-1-0
Christy O'Connor Sr., 1-2-1
John Panton, 0-2-0
Dai Rees, 3-1-0
Harry Weetman, 0-2-0

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