Signed by the Entire Ryder Cup Team of The United States and Great Britain; Including Ben Hogan and Sam Snead
Ryder Cup Signed Program.
Hogan, Ben; Sam Snead, et al.
Item Number: 80050
Program for a dinner honoring the Ryder Cup teams of the United States and Great Britain held at the Waldorf Astoria on October 22, 1951. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. The front cover is signed by all members of both teams, who included, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jimmy Demaret, Lloyd Mangrum, Jack Burke, Jr., Henry Ransom, Ed ‘Porky’ Oliver, Skip Alexander, E. J. ‘Dutch’ Harrison, Clayton Heafner, Charlie Ward, Jack Hargreaves, Harry Weetman, John Panton, Max Faulkner, Arthur Lees, Fred Daly, Dai Rees, Ken Bousfield, Jimmy Adams, and Arthur Lacey. Also signed by Ryder Cup officials: Robert Hudson, who revived the Ryder Cup by sponsoring it in 1947; Richard S. Tufts, who managed Pinehurst and Joe Novak, the PGA president. The back cover of the program is affixed to a slightly larger scrapbook page. In fine condition, with a small light stain touching Hogan’s first name. From the collection of Lord Lyle, who was president of the Professional Golfers Association of Great Britain in the 1950s. In near fine condition, affixed to A unique piece of golfing history.
The 9th Ryder Cup Matches were held November 2–4, 1951 at Course No. 2 of the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The United States team, with Sam Snead as captain won their fifth consecutive competition by a score of 9½ to 2½ points. Course No. 2, designed by Donald Ross, was set at 7,007 yards (6,407 m) for this Ryder Cup. It later hosted the U.S. Open in 1999, 2005, and 2014. The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. From 1927 through 1959, the format consisted of 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches on the first day and 8 singles matches on the second day, for a total of 12 points. Therefore, 6½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 36 holes. This was the second and final Ryder Cup for Ben Hogan as a competitor, following 1947. Although he won three majors in 1953, he declined to participate on that year's team. Hogan was a non-playing captain in 1949 and 1967.