1967 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1967 Ryder Cup was the 17th time this tournament was played between teams representing Great Britain and the United States. Following the Team USA victory, the overall standings to this point were 14 wins for the USA, three wins for Great Britain.

Final Score: United States 23.5, Great Britain 8.5

Dates Played: October 20-22, 1967

Golf Course: Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas

Team Captains: Dai Rees for Great Britain, Ben Hogan for the United States

Team Rosters:

  • Great Britain — Peter Alliss, Hugh Boyle, Neil Coles, Malcolm Gregson, Brian Huggett, Bernard Hunt, Tony Jacklin, Christy O'Connor Sr., Dave Thomas, George Will
  • USA — Julius Boros, Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Gardner Dickinson, Al Geiberger, Gene Littler, Bobby Nichols, Arnold Palmer, Johnny Pott, Doug Sanders
Match Notes: During the team dinner the night before play began, Great Britain captain Dai Rees gave a long speech introducing each of his players. American captain Ben Hogan then stood and quickly named each of his players. He simply added, "Ladies and gentlemen, the U.S. Ryder Cup Team — the finest golfers in the world," and sat back down.

Team GB members took it as an affront, but it probably wasn't nearly as bad as the final score turned out to be — 23.5 to 8.5, a 15-point margin. The biggest win, and worst defeat, in Ryder Cup history.

Great Britain managed to scrape out 2.5 points in the Day 1 foursomes. But Day 2's fourballs were almost entirely Team USA's: The Americans won seven of the eight matches, halving the other. The 7.5-points-out-of-8 earned in a single day's play is the all-time Ryder Cup record for foursomes or fourballs.

Bobby Nichols and Johnny Pott teamed three times and won all three matches. Arnold Palmer and Gardner Dickinson partnered twice and won both matches, and each won another three times, too, both finishing at 5-0-0. They were the first golfers in Ryder Cup history to play five matches in a single Cup and win all five. Dickinson was also the first Ryder Cup rookie ever to win five matches and earn five points.

One bright spot for Great Britain: the Ryder Cup debut of Tony Jacklin. Jacklin went 2-3-1 here, but would go on to help guide a turnaround in his side's fortunes as a captain in the 1980s.

1967 Ryder Cup Results

Day 1

Morning Foursomes
  • Billy Casper/Julius Boros, USA, halved with Brian Huggett/George Will, Great Britain
  • Arnold Palmer/Gardner Dickinson, USA, def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Tony Jacklin/Dave Thomas, Great Britain, def. Doug Sanders/Gay Brewer, USA, 4 and 3
  • Bobby Nichols/Johnny Pott, USA, def. Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, Great Britain, 6 and 5
Score after first session: USA 2.5, Great Britain 1.5

Afternoon Foursomes

  • Billy Casper/Julius Boros, USA, def. Brian Huggett/George Will, Great Britain, 1-up
  • Gardner Dickinson/Arnold Palmer, USA, def. Malcolm Gregson/Hugh Boyle, Great Britain, 5 and 4
  • Tony Jacklin/Dave Thomas, Great Britain, def. Gene Littler/Al Geiberger, USA, 3 and 2
  • Bobby Nichols/Johnny Pott, USA, def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor, Great Britain, 2 and 1
Score of second session: USA 3, Great Britain 1
Cumulative score after two sessions: USA 5.5, Great Britain 2.5

Day 2

Morning Fourballs
  • Billy Casper/Gay Brewer, USA, def. Peter Alliss/Christy O'Connor, Great Britain, 3 and 2
  • Bobby Nichols/Johnny Pott, USA, def. Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, Great Britain, 1-up
  • Gene Littler/Al Geiberger, USA, def. Tony Jacklin/Dave Thomas, Great Britain, 1-up
  • Gardner Dickinson/Doug Sanders, USA, def. Brian Huggett/George Will, Great Britain, 3 and 2
Score of third session: USA 4, Great Britain 0
Cumulative score after three sessions: USA 9.5, Great Britain 2.5

Afternoon Fourballs

  • Billy Casper/Gay Brewer, USA, def. Bernard Hunt/Neil Coles, Great Britain, 5 and 3
  • Gardner Dickinson/Doug Sanders, USA, def. Peter Alliss/Malcolm Gregson, Great Britain, 3 and 2
  • Arnold Palmer/Julius Boros, USA, def. George Will/Hugh Boyle, Great Britain, 1-up
  • Gene Littler/Al Geiberger, USA, halved with Tony Jacklin/Dave Thomas, Great Britain
Score of fourth session: USA 3.5, Great Britain 0.5
Cumulative score after four sessions: USA 13, Great Britain 3

Day 3

Morning Singles
  • Gay Brewer, USA, def. Hugh Boyle, Great Britain, 4 and 3
  • Billy Casper, USA, def. Peter Alliss, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Arnold Palmer, USA, def. Tony Jacklin, Great Britain, 3 and 2
  • Brian Huggett, Great Britain, def. Julius Boros, USA, 1-up
  • Neil Coles, Great Britain, def. Doug Sanders, USA, 2 and 1
  • Al Geiberger, USA, def. Malcolm Gregson, Great Britain, 4 and 2
  • Gene Littler, USA, halved with Dave Thomas, Great Britain
  • Bobby Nichols, USA, halved with Bernard Hunt, Great Britain
Score of fifth session: USA 5, Great Britain 3
Cumulative score after five sessions: USA 18, Great Britain 6

Afternoon Singles

  • Arnold Palmer, USA, def. Brian Huggett, Great Britain, 5 and 3
  • Peter Alliss, Great Britain, def. Gay Brewer, USA, 2 and 1
  • Gardner Dickinson, USA, def. Tony Jacklin, Great Britain, 3 and 2
  • Bobby Nichols, USA, def. Christy O'Connor, Great Britain, 3 and 2
  • Johnny Pott, USA, def. George Will, Great Britain, 3 and 1
  • Al Geiberger, USA, def. Malcolm Gregson, Great Britain, 2 and 1
  • Julius Boros, USA, halved with Bernard Hunt, Great Britain
  • Neil Coles, Great Britain, def. Doug Sanders, USA, 2 and 1
Score of sixth session: USA 5.5, Great Britain 2.5
Overall and final score: USA 23.5, Great Britain 8.5

1967 Ryder Cup Player Records

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

Great Britain
Peter Alliss, 1-5-0
Hugh Boyle, 0-3-0
Neil Coles, 2-3-0
Malcolm Gregson, 0-4-0
Brian Huggett, 1-3-1
Bernard Hunt, 0-3-2
Tony Jacklin, 2-3-1
Christy O'Connor, 0-4-0
Dave Thomas, 2-1-2
George Will, 0-4-1

United States
Julius Boros, 2-1-2
Gay Brewer, 3-2-0
Billy Casper, 4-0-1
Gardner Dickinson, 5-0-0
Al Geiberger, 3-1-1
Gene Littler, 1-1-2
Bobby Nichols, 4-0-1
Arnold Palmer, 5-0-0
Johnny Pott, 4-0-0
Doug Sanders, 2-3-0

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