1973 Ryder Cup
|Dates||20–22 September 1973|
|Location||East Lothian, Scotland|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
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.
- 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.
|Team Great Britain and Ireland|
|Bernard Hunt||43||Non-playing captain|
|Christy O'Connor Snr||48||9||31||10–18–3||37.10|
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.
|Jack Burke, Jr.||50||Non-playing captain|
|J. C. Snead||32||1||4||4–0–0||100.00|
|O'Connor/Coles||3 & 2||Weiskopf/Snead|
|Bembridge/Polland||6 & 5||Nicklaus/Palmer|
|Barnes/Gallacher||5 & 4||Aaron/Brewer|
|Bembridge/Huggett||3 & 1||Nicklaus/Palmer|
|Jacklin/Oosterhuis||3 & 1||Weiskopf/Casper|
|Coles/O'Connor||2 & 1||Trevino/Blancas|
|Bembridge/Huggett||5 & 4||Rodríguez/Graham|
|Coles/O'Connor||2 & 1||Trevino/Casper|
|Jacklin/Oosterhuis||3 & 2||Brewer/Casper|
|Clark/Polland||3 & 2||Nicklaus/Weiskopf|
|Brian Barnes||2 & 1||Billy Casper|
|Bernard Gallacher||3 & 1||Tom Weiskopf|
|Peter Butler||5 & 4||Homero Blancas|
|Tony Jacklin||3 & 1||Tommy Aaron|
|Neil Coles||halved||Gay Brewer|
|Christy O'Connor||1 up||J. C. Snead|
|Maurice Bembridge||halved||Jack Nicklaus|
|Peter Oosterhuis||halved||Lee Trevino|
|Brian Huggett||4 & 2||Homero Blancas|
|Brian Barnes||3 & 1||J. C. Snead|
|Bernard Gallacher||6 & 5||Gay Brewer|
|Tony Jacklin||2 & 1||Billy Casper|
|Neil Coles||6 & 5||Lee Trevino|
|Christy O'Connor||halved||Tom Weiskopf|
|Maurice Bembridge||2 up||Jack Nicklaus|
|Peter Oosterhuis||4 & 2||Arnold Palmer|
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.
|J. C. Snead||3||3–1–0||2–0–0||0–1–0||1–0–0|
- "U.S. prevails in Ryder Cup". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 23 September 1973. p. 5D.
- "2016 Ryder Cup Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- Green, Bob (22 June 1973). "Johnny Miller ineligible for Ryder Cup team". Lewiston Evening Journal. Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press. p. 18.
- "Ryder cup captains choose predictable partnerships". Glasgow Herald. 20 September 1973. p. 5.
- "Scottish pair show the way to British lead". Glasgow Herald. 21 September 1973. p. 4.
- "Americans now hold the balance of power". Glasgow Herald. 21 September 1973. p. 2.
- "US victory confirms hopeless imbalance of Ryder cup". Glasgow Herald. 24 September 1973. p. 5.