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1967 Ryder Cup

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Arnold Palmer posted a 5-0-0 record at the 1967 Ryder Cup

Arnold Palmer posted a 5-0-0 record at the 1967 Ryder Cup.

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Score: USA 23.5, Great Britain 8.5
Site: Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas
Captains: Great Britain - Dai Rees; USA - Ben Hogan
In terms of margin of victory, the 1967 Ryder Cup was Team USA's biggest win, Team Great Britain's worst loss: 15 points separated the teams, the final score being 23.5 to 8.5. The Americans led 5.5 to 2.5 after Day 1; swept 7.5 of 8 available points on Day 2 to increase the lead to 13-3; then easily won the singles session, too.

The United States side was so dominant it even managed to live up to captain Ben Hogan's introductory comment. At the team dinner, and following a long introduction of the Great Britain team by captain Dai Rees, Hogan simply gave his players' names and then stated that they were "... the finest golfers in the world."

(Captain Raymond Floyd tried the same tactic at the 1989 Ryder Cup, but it didn't work out so well for Floyd's team.)

It was Hogan's last appearance in the Ryder Cup; he had played in two of them and captained Team USA three times (one of those times as player-captain). It was also Rees' final time at the Ryder Cup. Rees appeared as a player for Team Great Britain five times, as a player-captain four times, and as the captain only here at the 1967 match.

Tony Jacklin made his debut for Great Britain in 1967. Jacklin played in a total of seven Ryder Cups, and later captained Team Europe four times.

Team Rosters:

• Europe - Peter Alliss, Hugh Boyle, Neil Coles, Malcolm Gregson, Brian Huggett, Bernard Hunt, Tony Jacklin, Christy O'Connor Sr., Dave Thomas, George Will
• USA - Julius Boros, Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Gardner Dickinson, Al Geiberger, Gene Littler, Bobby Nichols, Arnold Palmer, Johnny Pott, Doug Sanders

Day 1 Results:

Morning Foursomes
• Billy Casper/Julius Boros, U.S., halved with Brian Huggett/George Will, GB
• Arnold Palmer/Gardner Dickinson, U.S., def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, 2 and 1
• Tony Jacklin/Dave Thomas, GB, def. Doug Sanders/Gay Brewer, U.S., 4 and 3
• Bobby Nichols/Johnny Pott, U.S., def. Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, GB, 6 and 5
Afternoon Foursomes
• Billy Casper/Julius Boros, U.S., def. Brian Huggett/George Will, GB, 1-up
• Gardner Dickinson/Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Malcolm Gregson/Hugh Boyle, GB, 5 and 4
• Tony Jacklin/Dave Thomas, GB, def. Gene Littler/Al Geiberger, U.S., 3 and 2
• Bobby Nichols/Johnny Pott, U.S., def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, 2 and 1

Day 2 Results:

Morning Fourballs
• Billy Casper/Gay Brewer, U.S., def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, 3 and 2
• Bobby Nichols/Johnny Pott, U.S., def. Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, GB, 1-up
• Gene Littler/Al Geiberger, U.S., def. Tony Jacklin/Dave Thomas, GB, 1-up
• Gardner Dickinson/Doug Sanders, U.S., def. Brian Huggett/George Will, GB, 3 and 2
Afternoon Fourballs
• Billy Casper/Gay Brewer, U.S., def. Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, GB, 5 and 3
• Gardner Dickinson/Doug Sanders, U.S., def. Peter Alliss/Malcolm Gregson, GB, 3 and 2
• Arnold Palmer/Julius Boros, U.S., def. George Will/Hugh Boyle, GB, 1-up
• Gene Littler/Al Geiberger, U.S., halved with Tony Jacklin/Dave Thomas, GB

Day 3 Results:

Morning Singles
• Gay Brewer, U.S., def. Hugh Boyle, GB, 4 and 3
• Billy Casper, U.S., def. Peter Alliss, GB, 2 and 1
• Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Tony Jacklin, GB, 3 and 2
• Brian Huggett, GB, def. Julius Boros, U.S., 1-up
• Neil Coles, GB, def. Doug Sanders, U.S., 2 and 1
• Al Geiberger, U.S., def. Malcolm Gregson, GB, 4 and 2
• Gene Littler, U.S., halved with Dave Thomas, GB
• Bobby Nichols, U.S., halved with Bernard Hunt, GB

Afternoon Singles
• Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Brian Huggett, GB, 5 and 3
• Peter Alliss, GB, def. Gay Brewer, U.S., 2 and 1
• Gardner Dickinson, U.S., def. Tony Jacklin, GB, 3 and 2
• Bobby Nichols, U.S., def. Christy O'Connor Sr., GB, 3 and 2
• Johnny Pott, U.S., def. George Will, GB, 3 and 1
• Al Geiberger, U.S., def. Malcolm Gregson, GB, 2 and 1
• Julius Boros, U.S., halved with Bernard Hunt, GB
• Neil Coles, GB, def. Doug Sanders, U.S., 2 and 1

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

Europe
Peter Alliss, 1-5-0
Hugh Boyle, 0-3-0
Neil Coles, 2-3-0
Malcolm Gregson, 0-4-0
Brian Huggett, 1-3-1
Bernard Hunt, 0-3-2
Tony Jacklin, 2-3-1
Christy O'Connor Sr., 0-4-0
Dave Thomas, 2-1-2
George Will, 0-4-1

USA
Julius Boros, 2-1-2
Gay Brewer, 3-2-0
Billy Casper, 4-0-1
Gardner Dickinson, 5-0-0
Al Geiberger, 3-1-1
Gene Littler, 1-1-2
Bobby Nichols, 4-0-1
Arnold Palmer, 5-0-0
Johnny Pott, 4-0-0
Doug Sanders, 2-3-0

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