1953 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1953 Ryder Cup was the 10th time this tournament between teams representing Great Britain and the United States was played. Following the Team USA victory, the overall standings to this point were eight wins for the USA, two wins for Great Britain.

Final Score: United States 6.5, Great Britain 5.5

Dates Played: October 2-3, 1953

Golf Course: Wentworth Club in Surrey, England

Team Captains: Lloyd Mangrum for the United States, Henry Cotton for Great Britain

Team Rosters:

  • USA — Jack Burke Jr., Walter Burkemo, Dave Douglas, Fred Haas, Ted Kroll, Cary Middlecoff, Ed Oliver, Sam Snead, Jim Turnesa, Lloyd Mangrum (playing captain)
  • Great Britain — Jimmy Adams, Peter Alliss, Harry Bradshaw, Eric Brown, Fred Daly, Max Faulkner, Bernard Hunt, John Panton, Dai Rees, Harry Weetman
Match Notes: The PGA Championship winners of 1952 and 1953, Jim Turnesa and Walter Burkemo, were automatic selections for Team USA; the rest of the squad was filled out via a points list. For Team GB, trial matches played at Wentworth narrowed the list of candidates to 17; the final 10 were chosen by a selection committee of British PGA regional representatives. All matches were scheduled for 36 holes.

Two of those matches turned on the final hole, and those two matches decided the overall outcome. They were the Bernard Hunt-Dave Douglas game and the Jim Turnesa-Peter Alliss game. The overall score was 5-5 before those two games concluded.

Turnesa and Alliss were all square as they played the final hole, but after chunking a chip shot Alliss wound up with a double bogey. That gave Turnesa the hole and the 1-up victory.

As Hunt and Douglas reached the 18th green, Hunt was 1-up in the game. Douglas was botching the hole, but so was Hunt: He was short and right of the green on his approach, then bladed his chip over the green. Then he took three more strokes to get in the cup, letting Douglas win the hole and halve the match.

Fred Daly's 9-and-7 win over Ted Kroll is the fourth-largest margin of victory in Ryder Cup singles history.

For both Alliss and Hunt, this was the first of an eventual eight playing appearances. The American squad included three players who appeared in this Ryder Cup alone: Burkemo, Douglas and Haas.

There were two familial firsts in this Ryder Cup: With Alliss' appearance, he joined father Percy Alliss as the first father-and-son combo to both play in the Ryder Cup. And Jim Turnesa's brother Joe had appeared in previous Cups, making them the first pair of American brothers to both play.

1953 Ryder Cup Results

Day 1

Foursomes
  • Dave Douglas/Ed Oliver, USA, def. Harry Weetman/Peter Alliss, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Lloyd Mangrum/Sam Snead, USA, def. Eric Brown/John Panton, Great Britain, 8 and 7
  • Jack Burke Jr./Ted Kroll, USA, def. Jimmy Adams/Bernard Hunt, Great Britain, 7 and 5
  • Fred Daly/Harry Bradshaw, Great Britain, def. Walter Burkemo/Cary Middlecoff, USA, 1-up
Score after Day 1: USA 3, Great Britain 1

Day 2

Singles
  • Jack Burke Jr., USA, def. Dai Rees, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Fred Daly, Great Britain, def. Ted Kroll, USA, 9 and 7
  • Eric Brown, Great Britain, def. Lloyd Mangrum, USA, 2-up
  • Harry Weetman, Great Britain, def. Sam Snead, USA, 1-up
  • Cary Middlecoff, USA, def. Max Faulkner, Great Britain, 3 and 1
  • Jim Turnesa, USA, def. Peter Alliss, Great Britain, 1-up
  • Bernard Hunt, Great Britain, halved with Dave Douglas, USA
  • Harry Bradshaw, Great Britain, def. Fred Haas Jr., USA, 3 and 2
Score of singles session: Great Britain 4.5, USA 3.5
Overall and final score: USA 6.5, Great Britain 5.5

1953 Ryder Cup Player Records

(Records are listed as wins-losses-halves.)

United States
Jack Burke Jr., 2-0-0
Walter Burkemo, 0-1-0
Dave Douglas, 1-0-1
Fred Haas, 0-1-0
Ted Kroll, 1-1-0
Lloyd Mangrum, 1-1-0
Cary Middlecoff, 1-1-0
Ed "Porky" Oliver, 1-0-0
Sam Snead, 1-1-0
Jim Turnesa, 1-0-0

Great Britain
Jimmy Adams, 0-1-0
Peter Alliss, 0-2-0
Harry Bradshaw, 2-0-0
Eric Brown, 1-1-0
Fred Daly, 2-0-0
Max Faulkner, 0-1-0
Bernard Hunt, 0-1-1
John Panton, 0-1-0
Dai Rees, 0-1-0
Harry Weetman, 1-1-0

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