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1965 Ryder Cup

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Dates  7–9 October 1965
12½  19½
Location  Southport, England
1965 Ryder Cup
Venue  Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Captains  Harry Weetman (Great Britain) Byron Nelson (USA)

The 16th Ryder Cup Matches were held 7–9 October 1965 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. For the first time commercialisation started to make a presence on site. The United States team won the competition by a score of 19½ to 12½ points.



The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1963 through 1971 the competition format was as follows:

  • Day 1 — 8 foursomes (alternate shot) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
  • Day 2 — 8 four-ball (better ball) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
  • Day 3 — 16 singles matches, 8 each in morning and afternoon sessions
  • With a total of 32 points, 16½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.



    For the 1965 event the British PGA reduced the period that a tournament professional had to wait before becoming eligible for the Ryder Cup team from five years to three. This meant that ex-amateur golfers like Guy Wolstenholme (who turned professional in late 1960) and Doug Sewell (1961) became eligible, although neither qualified.

    Despite having won his fourth major title as a professional at The Masters in April, 25-year-old Jack Nicklaus was not a member of the U.S. team. Eligibility rules set by the PGA prevented him from participating in the Ryder Cup until 1969. He competed as a player through 1981, missing only the 1979 edition, and was the non-playing captain of the U.S. team in 1983 and 1987.

    Pott did not play due to a back injury.

    Individual player records

    Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.


    United States

    Johnny Pott did not play in any matches.


    1965 Ryder Cup Wikipedia

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