Ryder Cup Records

Nick Faldo, captain of the European Ryder Cup team for 2008, holds the most Ryder Cup records of any golfer. These include:

  • the most Ryder Cup points, with 25 points earned from 1977 to 1997
  • the most appearances on a team (11)
  • the most Ryder Cup matches played (46)
  • the most matches won (23)

With Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo also set the record for the most points won by a partnership, with 6 points through a 5-2-2. Woosnam and Faldo are followed by Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, whose partnership secured 12 points through an 11-2-2.

Nick Faldo joins five other golfers in having scored a Ryder Cup hole-in-one since 1970 – a feat he managed in 1993, when the Ryder Cup Matches were played at the Belfry in Warwickshire, England. Other players who’ve scored holes-in one are:

  • Peter Butler, at Muirfield in 1973
  • both Costantino Rocca and Howard Clark, at Oak Hill in 1995
  • both Paul Casey and Scott Verplank, at the K Club in 2006

Other Ryder Cup Records
After Nick Faldo, the following European players have won the most Ryder Cup points and the most matches:

  • Bernhard Langer (24 points and 21 matches)
  • Seve Ballesteros (22.5 points and 20 matches)
  • Colin Montgomerie (23.5 points and 20 matches)
  • Jose Maria Olazabal (20.5 points and 18 matches)

Billy Casper holds the record for the most appearances (8) in the Ryder Cup Matches by a US golfer, and for the most matches played (37).
US golfers with the top Ryder Cup results are:

  • Arnold Palmer (23 points, 22 matches)
  • Billy Casper (23.5 points, 20 matches)
  • Lanny Wadkins (21.5 points, 20 matches)
  • Jack Nicklaus (18.5 points, 17 matches)
  • Lee Trevino (20 points, 17 matches)

The most points earned by a player in a Ryder Cup singles match is five. Two European golfers – Peter Alliss and Tony Jacklin – and three American golfers – Larry Nelson, Gardner Dickinson, and the legendary Arnold Palmer – share this record.
The youngest ever Ryder Cup golfer was Sergio García, who played the 1999 matches in Europe when he was only 19 years old. Raymond Floyd takes the Ryder Cup record as the oldest player – he joined the US team in 1993, at age 51.
We’ll be waiting to see which Ryder Cup records will be set in 2008.