My 5 things you didn’t know about the Ryder Cup include trivia nuggets about holes-in-one scored during the event. Since 1979, the best golfers from America and Europe have fought for that coveted trophy every other year, though in 2001, the Ryder Cup Matches were delayed until 2002 because of September 11, according to Wikipedia. Before that, it was the Yanks vs. the Brits/Irish from 1927 to 1977. This year’s Ryder Cup is to take place at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales from October 1-3.
5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Ryder Cup Tidbit 1: Only One American Has Scored a Hole-In-One
This tournament has seen many matches take place over the years, since before The Great Depression, but only six holes-in-one have ever occurred, and the first one didn’t occur until 46 years into the Ryder Cup, according to Wikipedia, when Englishman Peter Butler scored one in 1973 at Muirfield, Scotland. Two holes-in-one occurred in the 2006 Ryder Cup, including the first one by an American, Scott Verplank, at The K Club (Palmer Course) in Ireland.
5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Ryder Cup Tidbit 2: The 2010 Course Was Built Just for this Event
This years event will take place on the Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales. According to the resort’s website, it’s the first golf course to ever be built for the Ryder Cup event, even though it’s been in existence and played on since 2007. One of the places to bed down at the resort, The Manor House Hotel, dates from the 19th century, and used to be a maternity hospital.
5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Ryder Cup Tidbit 3: The Event Was Named After a Seed Merchant
According to the Ryder Cup’s website, it was for a well-off seed merchant named Samuel Ryder that this sporting spectacle is named for. In 1926, he got together for tea with some Brits and Americans after some pre-Ryder Cup matches. One of the golfers, Englishman George Duncan, inspired the seed merchant to create a regular tournament plus a trophy fitting for the occasion. Ryder did, and the golfer on the cup is of the likeness of Abe Mitchell, his golf tutor.
5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Ryder Cup Tidbit 4: Jack Nicklaus Helped to Bring about the First Tie
Up until the 1969 tournament, the matches had never ended in a tie. But when Jack Nicklaus conceded a 2 foot putt on the 18th green at Royal Birkdale to his competitor Tony Jacklin, it insured that the event would end 16-16 without the Brit having to earn that tie. Nonetheless, because the United States had won the event in 1967, the Americans retained the trophy, reflecting the class of this legendary athlete, according to ESPN.com.
5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Ryder Cup Tidbit 5: Event Memorabilia Sells for a Pretty Penny
Earlier this year, a 1929 signed dinner menu sold at auction in North Yorkshire, England for £8,500 (close to $13,000, though the chow itself was free for the golfers), according to Tennants Auctioneers. This menu was part of the festivities surrounding the first official Ryder Cup being held in the UK, signed by 26 American and British golfers in pencil.
Sources for this article about 5 things you didn’t know about the Ryder Cup:
Ryder Cup: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryder_Cup, Wikipedia
History: http://www.rydercup.com/2010/usa/history/index.cfm, RyderCup.com
The Twenty Ten Course: http://www.celtic-manor.com/The_Twenty_Ten_Course.aspx, The Celtic Manor Resort
Jack Nicklaus, Jack’s 10 do’s and don’ts in Ryder Cup play:
http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/rydercup04/news/story?id=1878237, September 15, 2004, ESPN.com
Catalogue, Tennants Auctioneers: Antique, Sporting and Fishing: Friday 16 April:
http://www.tennants.co.uk/Catalogue/Sale99/Page7.aspx, Tennants Auctioneers