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1973 Ryder Cup

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Dates  20–22 September 1973
Location  East Lothian, Scotland
Venue  Muirfield
13  19
1973 Ryder Cup
Captains  Bernard Hunt (GB&I) Jack Burke, Jr. (USA)

The 20th Ryder Cup Matches were held at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. The United States team won the competition by a score of 19 to 13 points. For the first time, what had previously been the "Great Britain" team was called "Great Britain and Ireland", although golfers from the Republic of Ireland had played since 1953, and from Northern Ireland since 1947.


Muirfield had hosted the Open Championship the previous year, won by American Lee Trevino.


The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was adjusted slightly in 1973 from the format used from 1963 through 1971:

  • Day 1 — 4 foursomes (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session
  • Day 2 — 4 foursome matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball matches in an afternoon session
  • 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.



    Due to the rules of the PGA of America in place at the time, players with less than five years as a professional were not eligible for the U.S. team, which included reigning U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller and Lanny Wadkins. (These rules also kept Jack Nicklaus on the sidelines until 1969.) Miller made his Ryder Cup debut in 1975 and Wadkins in 1977.

    Individual player records

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


    Great Britain and Ireland

    John Garner did not play in any matches.


    1973 Ryder Cup Wikipedia