Optimism abounded in the home team after the peerless Ben Hogan decided not play any 36-hole matches in the 1953 season.
The American was in spectacular form, winning all three Majors he entered that year, and his absence was a real boost for Henry Cotton's men.
But the British skipper handed the initiative back to the US by deciding to leave out the experienced Max Faulkner and Dai Rees for the opening foursomes.
With four debutants in the British team, the US took a 3-1 lead. It would prove too much to come back from, but only just.
In a key game, 22-year-old Peter Alliss was only one down against Jim Turnesa and in a good position on the 18th. However he took four shots from the fringe of the green and lost his match, saying afterwards: "I made an awful bodge of it and that was that."
It was still not over as Bernard Hunt had a putt from four feet to claim the consolation of a draw for Great Britain and Ireland, but he missed and the US kept their grip on the trophy.