A golf tournament played in alternate years, initially between male professional golfers in teams representing the USA and Great Britain. It began in 1927, following an exhibition match in 1926 at the Wentworth Course, Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Samuel Ryder, a seed merchant from Hertfordshire, England, had watched the exhibition match (overwhelmingly won by the British side), and donated a trophy that then bore his name. The US teams performed more successfully in the early regular events, but the evenness of early matches was not sustained as the USA recurrently outplayed the British/Irish teams (players from the Republic of Ireland became eligible from 1973 to 1977). In 1979, therefore, the USA's opponent was broadened to accommodate continental Europe. Severiano Ballesteros of Spain played in the event in 1979. This pan-European side has introduced a more competitive element to the event.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.