Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Video: The Top 10 Pressure Putts in Ryder Cup History

Here is a list of the top 10 pressure putts in Ryder Cup history.

Not all of them were made putts.

But we do like No. 1…

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You call this football? Bollocks!

Desmond Hackett of the London Daily Express was one of just six total international correspondents sent to Pinehurst to cover the 1951 Ryder Cup. For the first time in the event’s history, the competition halted play between the fourball and singles matches. Why? Because eventual national champion Tennessee was scheduled to play nearby North Carolina in a college football game on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

And so, the PGA arranged for the golfers, VIPs and media to travel 70 miles north to take in the game. College football in the south. It was sure to be a spectacle for all.

Only Mr. Hackett wasn’t impressed.

And he wrote about it. At least he liked the stadium’s surroundings…

Here is Hackett’s piece, which first appeared in the Nov. 16, 1951 issue of Golf World.

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We Interrupt this Ryder Cup…For Football?

1951 Ryder Cup

A modest gallery follows Sam Snead and Max Faullkner in the 1951 Ryder Cup. Snead is putting on the 17th hole of Pinehurst No. 2. Max Faulkner stands in the right foreground.


Consider the cacophony surrounding the biennial Ryder Cup Matches of the last three decades—galleries swelling to 45,000, a press building with desks for 400 writers, wall-to-wall television coverage, frayed nerves and guttural rally cries and bombastic fist pumps.

Sounds a little like a college football game.

In that context it’s most amusing to revisit the quaint little event held at Pinehurst nearly six decades ago.

“They said, ‘In North Carolina when Carolina plays Tennessee in a football game on Saturday, nobody watches golf.’ So they took the day off and we all went to the football game.” -Skip Alexander

The PGA of America brought the 1951 Ryder Cup to Pinehurst No. 2 for the ninth rendition of the event launched in 1927 and originally sponsored by English seed merchant and entrepreneur Samuel Ryder. There was a modest media delegation of some 30 correspondents, including at least three from London and three from Scotland.

And what’s most amazing is that the PGA scheduled a day off from competition on Saturday, Nov. 3, for golfers on both teams, VIPs and media to travel 70 miles north to Chapel Hill for the University of North Carolina vs. Tennessee football game, won 27-0 by the Volunteers.

“They said, ‘In North Carolina when Carolina plays Tennessee in a football game on Saturday, nobody watches golf,’” said Skip Alexander, a member of the U.S. team who was a star at Duke. “So they took the day off and we all went to the football game.”

Well, not everyone. American team captain Sam Snead said no thanks to the football, instead driving to Florence, S.C., for an exhibition.

Snead was not the only one left unimpressed.

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The Golf Swing of Donald Ross

Usually, it’s a photo. That’s usually what you see of Donald Ross with a golf club in his hand.

But have you ever seen his golf swing?

We hadn’t either.

At least not for the last 70 years.

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Kaymer Chameleon? Yes, Kaymer Chameleon

Yes, this exists.

Apparently this is what the Ryder Cup does to people.

That said, we’d like to ask our friends at Ryder Cup Guardians (and Your Golf Travel)…how about a Kaymer U.S. Open song? Include Pinehurst and Pinehurst No. 2. Maybe even Michelle Wie.

Go ahead, we’ll wait. UPDATE: They did it!

Oh, and there are more. Lots more.


And it looks like we might have our own Kaymer song soon:

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