1947 Ryder Cup

1947 Ryder Cup

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The 7th Ryder Cup Matches were held at the Portland Golf Club in Portland, Oregon, marking a resumption of the tournament after World War II forced its cancellation from 1939 to 1945. The United States overwhelmed the British team by winning the contest by a score of 11–1. From 1947 to 1967 it was the worst defeat a Great Britain team suffered at the hands of the United States, and to date it remains the closest that a side has come to not winning any matches in any single Ryder Cup competition. The British team, led by Henry Cotton, knew that they had no real chance of winning and proved themselves correct on the first day by losing every foursomes match. The American team took a 4–0 lead into the second day, and continued to dominate by winning all but one singles match. The only British victory in the competition came when Sam King beat Herman Keiser 4 & 3 to save them from leaving Portland without winning any points.


The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1927 through 1959, the format consisted of 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches on the first day and 8 singles matches on the second day, for a total of 12 points. Therefore, 6½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 36 holes.


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