As was the case in 1933, a combination of Henry Cotton's exile in Belgium and the residency rule again deprived the British team of his services.
However, even the inclusion of Cotton may not have made a difference in the face of such strong American opposition playing at home.
The Ryder Cup continued its fluctuating swing in fortunes as the trophy was once again won by the hosts, with Great Britain only managing two victories and a couple of halves.
American duo Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen, who never enjoyed the closest of relationships, got on well enough to join forces in defeating the common enemy with clinical precision.
The pair won together in the foursomes and set the tone for a one-sided encounter. Percy Alliss - father of BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss - was one of the few British success stories with a victory in the singles.
The other full point came from the sibling pairing of Ernest and Charles Whitcombe, though third brother Reg failed to register.