An American win restored normal order in Missouri after the drawn contest in 1969, but Eric Brown's British team did manage to make a much bigger impression than on previous trips to America.
Their score was considerably better than expected and the debut of Peter Oosterhuis gave cause for optimism as he beat Arnold Palmer in the singles.
After a good start by the visitors start, the match turned on the fourballs, with the US taking six points from eight.
The fourballs also produced the biggest moment of controversy when Bernard Gallacher's caddie asked Palmer what club he had used on the 17th hole.
Palmer and his partner Gardiner Dickinson consulted a referee and the hole was given to the Americans because the Britons had contravened a rule governing illegal requests for advice.
The match was already moving in the favour of the US by that stage, and Lee Trevino proved to be the home side's hero taking four points just weeks after undergoing an appendectomy.