1957 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1957 Ryder Cup was the 12th time this tournament between teams representing Great Britain and the United States was played. Following the Team GB victory, the overall standings to this point were nine wins for the USA, three wins for Great Britain.

Final Score: Great Britain 7.5, United States 4.5

Dates Played: October 4-5, 1957

Golf Course: Lindrick Golf Club in Worksop, England

Team Captains: Jack Burke Jr. for the United States, Dai Rees for Great Britain

Team Rosters:

Match Notes: From 1935 through 1983, the Great Britain/Great Britain & Ireland/Europe side in the Ryder Cup won only once. The 1957 Ryder Cup was that victory. Dai Rees played for Great Britain nine times, captained five times, and this was his only win. Christy O'Connor played for Great Britain 10 times, this was his only winning team.

The door opened for Great Britain when the United States sent a team with six rookies (four of whom played only in this Ryder Cup) and missing Sam Snead and Cary Middlecoff (not to mention Ben Hogan, who stopped playing Ryder Cup because the 36-hole matches were too much for his post-accident legs).

The American side got off to a strong start, winning the foursomes session, 3-1. The lone British win on Day 1 was by Captain Rees partnered with Ken Bousfield.

That evening, Team GB held a meeting to decide which two players had to sit out the next day's singles. Max Faulkner volunteered to sit, and Harry Weetman was also chosen to sit. Weetman was furious, but Faulkner spent the singles session the next day racing around the golf course, encouraging his teammates. Weetman sulked, then later blasted Rees and vowed never to play on a Rees-captained team again.

The British PGA wound up banning Weetman for a year for his behavior. But Rees encouraged leniency and the ban was eventually lifted. Weetman did play for Rees again, in the very next Ryder Cup, in fact, and Weetman even captained in the 1965 Ryder Cup.

Great Britain dominated the Day 2 singles session, leading off with Eric Brown's contentious win over Tommy Bolt (they declined to shake hands afterward). Both Rees and Christy O'Connor (who later was known as Christy O'Connor Sr. after another golfer named Christy O'Connor showed up on tour) posting 7-and-6 wins.

1957 Ryder Cup Results

Day 1

  • Doug Ford/Dow Finsterwald, USA, def. Peter Alliss/Bernard Hunt, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Ken Bousfield/Dai Rees, Great Britain, def. Art Wall/Fred Hawkins, USA, 3 and 2
  • Ted Kroll/Jack Burke Jr., USA, def. Max Faulkner/Harry Weetman, Great Britain, 4 and 3
  • Dick Mayer/Tommy Bolt, USA, def. Christy O'Connor/Eric Brown, Great Britain, 7 and 5
Score after Day 1: USA 3, Great Britain 1

Day 2

  • Eric Brown, Great Britain, def. Tommy Bolt, USA, 4 and 3
  • Peter Mills, Great Britain, def. Jack Burke Jr., USA, 5 and 3
  • Fred Hawkins, USA, def. Peter Alliss, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Ken Bousfield, Great Britain, def. Lionel Hebert, USA, 4 and 3
  • Dai Rees, Great Britain, def. Ed Furgol, USA, 7 and 6
  • Bernard Hunt, Great Britain, def. Doug Ford, USA, 6 and 5
  • Christy O'Connor, Great Britain, def. Dow Finsterwald, USA, 7 and 6
  • Dick Mayer, USA, halved with Harry Bradshaw, Great Britain
Score of singles session: Great Britain 6.5, USA 1.5
Overall and final score: Great Britain 7.5, USA 4.5

1957 Ryder Cup Player Records

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

United States
Tommy Bolt, 1-1-0
Jack Burke Jr., 1-1-0
Dow Finsterwald, 1-1-0
Doug Ford, 1-1-0
Ed Furgol, 0-1-0
Fred Hawkins, 1-1-0
Lionel Hebert, 0-1-0
Ted Kroll, 1-0-0
Dick Mayer, 1-0-1
Art Wall, 0-1-0

Great Britain
Peter Alliss, 0-2-0
Ken Bousfield, 2-0-0
Harry Bradshaw, 0-0-1
Eric Brown, 1-1-0
Max Faulkner, 0-1-0
Bernard Hunt, 1-1-0
Peter Mills, 1-0-0
Christy O'Connor, 1-1-0
Dai Rees, 2-0-0
Harry Weetman, 0-1-0

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