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Ryder Cup winners, 1927-2012

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Ryder Cup namesake Samuel Ryder, a seed merchant, helped shape what is today one of the world's most prestigious sporting events. (Courtesy of the PGA of America)

Created as a competition between the best golfers in the United States and Great Britain, the Ryder Cup is named for Samuel Ryder, a seed merchant who didn't pick up a golf club until after his 50th birthday but nevertheless helped shape what is today one of the world's most prestigious sporting events.

The Ryder Cup Matches have undergone significant changes since their inception in the 1920s, the addition of players from continental Europe to the contest in 1979 being arguably the most significant. Here is the record of the event's storied history.

2014 Ryder Cup Matches
The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles
Perthshire, Scotland
Sept. 26-28, 2014

Ryder Cup winners

• 2012: Europe
• 2010: Europe
• 2008: U.S.
• 2006: Europe
• 2004: Europe
• 2002: Europe
• 1999: U.S.
• 1997: Europe
• 1995: Europe
• 1993: U.S.
• 1991: U.S.
• 1989: Draw
• 1987: Europe
• 1985: Europe
• 1983: U.S.
• 1981: U.S.
• 1979: U.S.
• 1977: U.S.
• 1975: U.S.
• 1973: U.S.
• 1971: U.S.
• 1969: Draw
• 1967: U.S.
• 1965: U.S.
• 1963: U.S.
• 1961: U.S.
• 1959: U.S.
• 1957: Great Britain
• 1955: U.S.
• 1953: U.S.
• 1951: U.S.
• 1949: U.S.
• 1947: U.S.
• 1939-45: Event not played due to World War II
• 1937: U.S.
• 1935: U.S.
• 1933: Great Britain
• 1931: U.S.
• 1929: Great Britain
• 1927: U.S.

 
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