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1965 Ryder Cup Souvenir Program

The 16th Ryder Cup Matches were held at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England. The United States team won the competition by a score of 19 1/2 to 12 1/2 points.

The British team was determined using a points system. Compared to the system used in 1963, there was more emphasis on high finishes, points only being allocated to the leading 20 rather than the leading 40. Points were based on the actual finishing position, whereas previously non-eligible players had been excluded in determining positions. In addition, points were earned in a number of invitation events, including the Dunlop Masters, the Martini International and the Esso Golden Tournament. The Open champion remained an automatic choice but the News of the World Match Play champion was no longer guaranteed a place.

Despite having won his fourth major title as a professional at the Masters Tournament in April, 25-year-old Jack Nicklaus was not a member of the U.S. team. Eligibility rules set by the PGA prevented him from participating in the Ryder Cup until 1969. He competed as a player through 1981, missing only the 1979 edition, and was the non-playing captain of the U.S. team in 1983 and 1987.

An official souvenir program from the 1965 Ryder Cup Matches also includes a pull out map of Royal Birkdale Golf Club and is good condition.

8 1/2" x 11"

Item: M1345