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1965 Ryder Cup

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Byron Nelson Harry Weetman 1965 Ryder Cup captains

Byron Nelson (left) and Harry Weetman, USA and Great Britain captains respectively, shake hands prior to the start of the 1965 Ryder Cup.

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Score: USA 19.5, Great Britain 12.5
Site: Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England
Captains: USA - Byron Nelson; Great Britain - Harry Weetman
Team USA dominated the singles sessions to get past a game Great Britain side at the 1965 Ryder Cup.

The teams were fairly even through the first two days of foursomes and fourballs, all square at 4-4 following Day 1, and the USA leading 9-7 after Day 2.

But in the two, 8-game singles sessions (a total of 16 matches) on the final day, the Americans claimed 10.5 of the 16 available points.

"Champagne" Tony Lema led Team USA with a 5-1-0 record. (Lema died less than a year later in a plane crash.) Johnny Pott did not play for Team USA after hurting his back following arrival in England.

Peter Alliss was the star for Great Britain, compiling a 5-1-0 record, including singles victories over Billy Casper and Ken Venturi.

Team Rosters:

• USA - Julius Boros, Billy Casper, Tommy Jacobs, Don January, Tony Lema, Gene Littler, Dave Marr, Arnold Palmer, Johnny Pott, Ken Venturi
• Great Britain - Peter Alliss, Peter Butler, Neil Coles, Jimmy Hitchcock, Bernard Hunt, Jimmy Martin, Christy O'Connor Sr., Lionel Platts, Dave Thomas, George Will

Day 1 Results:

Morning Foursomes
• Julius Boros/Tony Lema, U.S., def. Lionel Platts/Peter Butler, GB, 1-up
• Dave Thomas/George Will, GB, def. Arnold Palmer/Dave Marr, U.S., 6 and 5
• Billy Casper/Gene Littler, U.S., def. Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, GB, 2 and 1
• Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, def. Ken Venturi/Don January, U.S., 5 and 4
Afternoon Foursomes
• Arnold Palmer/Dave Marr, U.S., def. Dave Thomas/George Will, GB, 6 and 5
• Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, def. Billy Casper/Gene Littler, U.S., 2 and 1
• Julius Boros/Tony Lema, U.S., def. Jimmy Martin/Jimmy Hitchcock, GB, 5 and 4
• Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, GB, def. Ken Venturi/Don January, US, 3 and 2

Day 2 Results:

Morning Fourballs
• Don January/Tommy Jacobs, U.S., def. Dave Thomas/George Will, GB, 1-up
• Billy Casper/Gene Littler, U.S., halved with Lionel Platts/Peter Butler, GB
• Arnold Palmer/Dave Marr, U.S., def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, 6 and 4
• Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, GB, def. Julius Boros/Tony Lema, U.S., 1-up
Afternoon Fourballs
• Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, def. Arnold Palmer/Dave Marr, U.S., 2-up
• Don January/Tommy Jacobs, U.S., halved with Dave Thomas/George Will, GB, 1-up
• Billy Casper/Gene Littler, U.S., halved with Lionel Platts/Peter Butler, GB
• Ken Venturi/Tony Lema, U.S., def. Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, GB, 1-up

Day 3 Results:

Morning Singles
• Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Jimmy Hitchcock, GB, 3 and 2
• Julius Boros, U.S., def. Lionel Platts, GB, 4 and 2
• Tony Lema, U.S., def. Peter Butler, GB, 1-up
• Dave Marr, U.S., def. Neil Coles, GB, 2-up
• Bernard Hunt, GB, def. Gene Littler, U.S., 2-up
• Tommy Jacobs, U.S., def. Dave Thomas, GB, 2 and 1
• Peter Alliss, GB, def. Billy Casper, U.S., 1-up
• Don January, U.S., halved with George Will, GB

Afternoon Singles
• Tony Lema, U.S., def. Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, 6 and 4
• Julius Boros, U.S., def. Jimmy Hitchcock, GB, 2 and 1
• Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Peter Butler, GB, 2-up
• Peter Alliss, GB, def. Ken Venturi, U.S., 3 and 1
• Neil Coles, GB, def. Billy Casper, U.S., 3 and 2
• Gene Littler, U.S., def. George Will, GB, 2 and 1
• Dave Marr, U.S., def. Bernard Hunt, GB, 1-up
• Lionel Platts, GB, def. Tommy Jacobs, U.S., 1-up

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

USA
Julius Boros, 4-1-0
Billy Casper, 1-3-2
Tommy Jacobs, 3-1-0
Don January, 2-2-1
Tony Lema, 5-1-0
Gene Littler, 2-2-2
Dave Marr, 4-2-0
Arnold Palmer, 4-2-0
Johnny Pott, did not play
Ken Venturi, 1-3-0

Great Britain
Peter Alliss, 5-1-0
Peter Butler, 0-3-2
Neil Coles, 3-3-0
Jimmy Hitchcock, 0-3-0
Bernard Hunt, 3-3-0
Jimmy Martin, 0-1-0
Christy O'Connor Sr., 3-2-0
Lionel Platts, 1-2-2
Dave Thomas, 1-4-0
George Will, 1-4-1

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