Most of the best players in the world took part in the biennial event-but some of those who came and went left a legendary past behind them.
" We may be able to handle Arnold Palmer on his own, also Jack Nicklaus, but together is not possible." Captains thoughts on the two giants.
In fact, the two only played twice together in one Ryder cup. Missing 1969 through a lack of form, it was unfortunate that Arnold Palmer bowed out of the Ryder Cup only one match after Nicklaus began his formidable career. Of those two games they played one was convincingly won, and the other lost without much notice.
The most successful pairing in Ryder Cup history. 15 appearances together and an unbeatable 12 points total.
The partnership dubbed the ‘Spanish Armada’ is the most successful in Ryder Cup history, as Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal won an incredible six more times than any other pairing in history.
Two of the most lethal players in golfing history playing together, daunting for the strongest of opponents.
The two great men only played in the same Ryder cup team twice, 1977 and 1981. In 1981 at the Walton Heath event the two played together three times. The two Americans totally battered their unfortunate opposition in all three games.
Nicklaus loved Walton Heath and would say of the club, “Of all the courses surrounding London, there are few with as much history and honor as the wonderfully pure heathland layout of Walton Heath.”