A statistical look at the Ryder Cup as Europe seeks to maintain its recent dominance


Europe and the United States prepare for the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

Defending champions Europe have won seven of the last nine editions, but the United States comfortably has the best overall record.

Here, the PA News Agency takes a statistical look at the event, which kicks off on Friday, September 24.

25 1/2 – European wildcard pick Sergio Garcia holds the all-time Ryder Cup points record.

Sergio Garcia is the most influential player in Ryder Cup history (Gareth Fuller / PA)

12 – The record number of Ryder Cup participations for American Phil Mickelson.

23 1/2 – 8 1/2 – the record Ryder Cup margin of victory, by the United States in 1967. The European record is 18 1/2 – 9 1/2 in two consecutive events in 2004 and 2006 – the best in the format current score and equaling the 1981 US victory.

26-14 – the USA have won 26 previous tournaments out of the 14 won by Europe or its predecessors.

2 – tied at the Ryder Cups – 16-16 in 1969, after Jack Nicklaus conceded Tony Jacklin’s putt on the last hole, and 14-14 in 1989.

1927 – year of the first edition of the Ryder Cup.

1979 – the first time a combined European team has competed, with the United States facing Great Britain until 1971 and Great Britain and Ireland in the years that followed.

7 – the most successive Ryder Cups won, by America from 1935 to 1955 and again from 1971 to 1983.

13 – with another streak of five and having retained the trophy in the 1969 draw, the United States won the trophy for 13 consecutive events from 1959 to 1983.

3 – The longest winning streak in Europe, from 2002 to 2006 and 2010 to 2014, having won six of the seven stages.

1987 – the first time that Europe has won in America. They have been doing it since in 1995, 2004 and 2012.

6 – holes at once in the history of the Ryder Cup. Peter Butler, Sir Nick Faldo, Costantino Rocca, Howard Clark and Paul Casey achieved the feat for Europe alongside American Scott Verplank.

8 & 7 – greater margin of victory in an 18-hole match, by Americans Tom Kite – against Clark in 1989 – and Fred Couples against Ian Woosnam in 1997.

19 – Garcia remains the only player to play in the Ryder Cup as a teenager, making his debut in 1999. American Raymond Floyd is the oldest player in the event, aged 51 in 1993.

Ian poulter

Ian Poulter returns to the Ryder Cup squad (Gareth Fuller / PA)

5 – Ian Poulter will make his fifth appearance as a European wildcard.

9 – newbies this year – six for America and three for Europe – bringing the number of players in Ryder Cup history to 363.

37 – Whistling Straits will be the 37th different host site.

4 – the Belfry has hosted a record number of Ryder Cups. Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes and Southport & Ainsdale are the only other rehearsal sites, with no US course having hosted more than once.


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