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1973 Ryder Cup


Jack Nicklaus 1973 Ryder Cup

Jack Nicklaus tees off during the 1973 Ryder Cup, won by the USA 19-13 and played at Muirfield in Scotland.

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Score: USA 19, Great Britain & Ireland 13
Site: Muirfield in Muirfield, Scotland
Captains: USA - Jack Burke Jr.; Great Britain & Ireland - Bernard Hunt
Team USA's opposition in the Ryder Cup had always been Team Great Britain. But at the 1973 Ryder Cup, America's foe became Team Great Britain and Ireland. Team GB&I lasted through the 1975 and 1977 cups, then was expanded to Team Europe beginning in 1979.

In reality, though, the change was one in name only. Irish golfers - from both Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland - had played on the Great Britain team in many previous Ryder Cups.

For example, Irishman Christy O'Connor Sr. played in his 10th and final Ryder Cup in 1973, which at the time was a Ryder Cup record. Unfortunately for O'Connor, he went 1-3-1 and set a Ryder Cup record for most career losses (21), a mark later tied by Neil Coles, who also was 1-3-1 this year.

Team GB&I got off to a great start, winning both Day 1 sessions and holding a 5.5 to 2.5 lead. Two of GB&I wins were recorded by the partnership of Bernard Gallacher and Brian Barnes. Alas, before the Day 2 sessions began, Gallacher fell ill with food poisoning. This was during a period of near-total USA domination in the Ryder Cup, so maybe it wouldn't have mattered. But with the Barnes-Gallacher team broken up, Team USA squared the match heading into singles.

And Team USA then dominated singles, 11-5, for the final 19-13 winning margin.

The 1973 Ryder Cup was also the final appearance as a player by Arnold Palmer. Palmer went 2-3-0, losing his final Ryder Cup match to Peter Oosterhuis.

Some trivia: The first hole-in-one ever made in a Ryder Cup happened here. GB&I's Peter Butler recorded it in a foursomes match on Day 2.

Team Rosters:

• USA - Tommy Aaron, Homero Blancas, Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Lou Graham, Dave Hill, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, J.C. Snead, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf
• GB&I - Brian Barnes, Maurice Bembridge, Peter Butler, Clive Clark, Neil Coles, Bernard Gallacher, John Garner, Brian Huggett, Tony Jacklin, Christy O'Connor Sr., Peter Oosterhuis, Eddie Polland

Day 1 Results:

• Brian Barnes/Bernard Gallacher, GBI, def. Lee Trevino/Billy Casper, U.S., 1-up
• Christy O'Connor/Neil Coles, GBI, def. Tom Weiskopf/J.C. Snead, U.S., 3 and 2
• Chi Chi Rodriguez/Lou Graham, U.S., halved with Tony Jacklin/Peter Oosterhuis, GBI, halved
• Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Maurice Bembridge/Eddie Polland, GBI, 6 and 5

• Brian Barnes/Bernard Gallacher, GBI, def. Tommy Aaron/Gay Brewer, U.S., 5 and 4
• Maurice Bembridge/Brian Huggett, GBI, def. Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer, U.S., 3 and 1
• Tony Jacklin/Peter Oosterhuis, GBI, def. Tom Weiskopf/Billy Casper, U.S., 3 and 1
• Lee Trevino/Homero Blancas, U.S., def. Neil Coles/Christy O'Connor Sr., GBI, 2 and 1

Day 2 Results:

• Jack Nicklaus/Tom Weiskopf, U.S., def. Brian Barnes/Peter Butler, GBI, 1-up
• Peter Oosterhuis/Tony Jacklin, GBI, def. Arnold Palmer/Dave Hill, U.S., 2-up
• Maurice Bembridge/Brian Huggett, GBI, def. Chi Chi Rodriguez/Lou Graham, U.S., 5 and 4
• Lee Trevino/Billy Casper, U.S., def. Neil Coles/Christy O'Connor Sr., GBI, 2 and 1

• J.C. Snead/Arnold Palmer, U.S., def. Brian Barnes/Peter Butler, GBI, 2-up
• Gay Brewer/Billy Casper, U.S., def. Tony Jacklin/Peter Oosterhuis, GBI, 3 and 2
• Jack Nicklaus/Tom Weiskopf, U.S., def. Clive Clark/Eddie Polland, GBI, 3 and 2
• Lee Trevino/Homero Blancas, U.S., halved with Maurice Bembridge/Brian Huggett, GBI

Day 3 Results:

Morning Singles
• Billy Casper, U.S., def. Brian Barnes, GBI, 2 and 1
• Tom Weiskopf, U.S., def. Bernard Gallacher, GBI, 3 and 1
• Homero Blancas, U.S., def. Peter Butler, GBI, 5 and 4
• Tony Jacklin, GBI, def. Tommy Aaron, U.S., 3 and 1
• Gay Brewer, U.S., halved with Neil Coles, GBI
• J.C. Snead, U.S., def. Christy O'Connor Sr., GBI, 1-up
• Jack Nicklaus, U.S., halved with Maurice Bembridge, GBI
• Lee Trevino, U.S., halved with Peter Oosterhuis, GBI

Afternoon Singles
• Brian Huggett, GBI, def. Homero Blancas, U.S., 4 and 2
• J.C. Snead, U.S., def. Brian Barnes, GBI, 3 and 1
• Gay Brewer, U.S., def. Bernard Gallacher, GBI, 6 and 5
• Billy Casper, U.S., def. Tony Jacklin, GBI, 2 and 1
• Lee Trevino, U.S., def. Neil Coles, GBI, 6 and 5
• Tom Weiskopf, U.S., halved with Christy O'Connor Sr., GBI
• Jack Nicklaus, U.S., def. Maurice Bembridge, GBI, 2-up
• Peter Oosterhuis, GBI, def. Arnold Palmer, U.S., 4 and 2

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

Tommy Aaron, 0-2-0
Homero Blancas, 2-1-1
Gay Brewer, 1-1-1
Billy Casper, 4-2-0
Lou Graham, 0-1-1
Dave Hill, 0-1-0
Jack Nicklaus, 4-1-1
Arnold Palmer, 2-3-0
Chi Chi Rodriguez, 0-1-1
J.C. Snead, 3-1-0
Lee Trevino, 3-1-2
Tom Weiskopf, 3-2-1

Great Britain & Ireland
Brian Barnes, 2-4-0
Maurice Bembridge, 2-2-2
Peter Butler, 0-3-0
Clive Clark, 0-1-0
Neil Coles, 1-3-1
Bernard Gallacher, 2-2-0
John Garner, did not play
Brian Huggett, 3-0-1
Tony Jacklin, 3-2-1
Christy O'Connor Sr., 1-3-1
Peter Oosterhuis, 3-1-2
Eddie Polland, 0-2-0

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