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The Ryder Cup has defined careers for generations – but who has made the most appearances in the famous match?
The Ryder Cup is golf’s premier team contest and representing Team Europe or Team USA, either as a captain or a player, is seen as one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a sportsman.
It is a showdown where legends are made, where heroes competing for the famous blue and gold or red, white and blue can produce moments that resonate beyond anything that can be done in major championships.
But the Ryder Cup is also one of sport’s most demanding duels and only a few players over the years have had serious longevity in the match.
So which player holds the record for playing the most Ryder Cups?
Who has the most Ryder Cup appearances?
Phil Mickelson holds the record for the most Ryder Cup appearances with 12 in total across his garlanded career.
The six-time major champion has made the most appearances out of both teams and did not miss a match from 1995 before he missed out on the 2021 contest at Whistling Straits.
He played 47 matches in total across the dust-ups in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Mickelson has an overall record across his 12 Ryder Cup appearances of 18-22-7.
His 21.5 points for Team USA is not the record, however, as Billy Casper leads the way with 23.5 points.
Casper played on eight Ryder Cup teams from 1961 to 1975 and won the match every time.
Jim Furyk has made nine appearances in the Ryder Cup, while Tiger Woods and Lanny Wadkins have both made eight.
For Team Europe, Lee Westwood and Sir Nick Faldo have both made 11 Ryder Cup appearances, just one short of Mickelson’s impressive record.
The English duo are the record appearance makers for Europe in the biennial battle.
Christy O’Connor Snr, and Bernhard Langer made 10 Ryder Cup appearances. Europe’s all-time leading points scorer Sergio Garcia, who won 28.5 points, has also made 10 appearances in the match.
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