Walter Hagen Accepts The 1937 Ryder Cup Trophy

The 1937 Ryder Cup was the last played before the Second World War. The Ryder Cup contests would not resume again until 1947. Even then, the continuation of the Ryder Cup matches was in doubt. In postwar Britain, golf matches were an unnecessary luxury. It was not until a millionaire fruit grower named Robert Hudson stepped up to foot the British team’s travel bill that the matches were able to take place.

Nineteen thirty seven also marked the first Ryder Cup in which the visiting team won. The Walter Hagen-led US team won the matches 8-4 at Southport & Ainsdale Country Club in Southport, England.

Europe began a long drought of victories after that, winning┬ájust once — 1957 — between 1937 and 1985.

Byron Nelson and Sam Snead were Ryder Cup rookies in 1937.

Walter Hagen at the 1937 Ryder Cup
Walter Hagen at the 1937 Ryder Cup
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