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The Ryder Cup has been contested for almost a century and has grown to become one of the most hotly-anticipated events in golf.

It was first held on June 3 and 4 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts. The venue had hosted the US Open two years before.

It is one of just three courses to host both the men’s and women’s US Opens as well as the Ryder Cup.

The format for the inaugural event was somewhat different to the Ryder Cup as we know it today.

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Each team – at that point, the US and Great Britain – consisted of nine golfers, including a playing captain. Walter Hagen led the home side, while the British contingent was captained by Ted Ray.

Britain’s preparation was hindered when Abe Mitchell, who had been named captain, was struck down by appendicitis. Herbert Jolly was recruited in his place, with Ray taking over the captaincy.

One player from each side did not play. Al Espinosa missed out for the US and George Gadd was the unlucky Brit.

On day one, four foursomes matches were held, while on the second day there were eight singles ties. Each match, however, was played over 36 holes.

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In total, 12 points were on offer at the first event, meaning 6½ points were needed to claim the first Ryder Cup.

The US team eventually recorded a resounding victory, winning 9½-2½.

The format of the Ryder Cup stayed the same until 1959, when alterations were made.

First Ryder Cup details

Date: June 3-4 1927

Venue: Worcester Country Club, Massachusetss

US team: Walter Hagen (captain), Leo Diegel, Johnny Farrell, Johnny Golden, Bill Mehlhorn, Gene Sarazen, Joe Turnesa, Al Watrous, Al Espinosa.

Great Britain team: Ted Ray (captain), Aubrey Boomer, Archie Compston, George Duncan, Arthur Havers, Herbert Jolly, Fred Robson, Charles Whitcombe, George Gadd.

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