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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 September 2006, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Ryder Cup history: 1937
GB & IRELAND 4-8 USA, Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire

Even the return of Henry Cotton to the Great Britain side was not enough to prevent the Americans from winning the Ryder Cup on British soil for the first time.

It was, in fact, the first time a visiting team had walked off with the trophy in the tournament's brief history, but there could have been quite a different ending to the story at the Lancashire links.

The match was tied at 4-4, with Great Britain looking well placed to regain the Ryder Cup.

Cotton, who had been comfortably beaten in the foursomes, won a deserved point to tie the scores by beating Tony Manero 5&3.

However, victories in the last four singles matches by Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Ed Dudley and Henry Picard brought an end to British hopes.

Sarazen's single hole victory over Percy Alliss came courtesy of a birdie two at the 15th, where his tee shot landed in the lap of a woman spectator and bounced back onto the green as she stood up to shake it off.

The 1937 match proved to be the final Ryder Cup before the intervention of the Second World War, with the 1939 event, planned for Florida, cancelled.

A H Padham & T H Cotton lost to E Dudley & B Nelson (4&2)
A J Lacey & W J Cox lost to R Guldahl & T Manero (2&1)
C A Whitcombe & D J Rees halved with G Sarazen & D Shute
P Alliss & R Burton beat H Picard & J Revolta (2&1)

A H Padham lost to R Guldahl (8&7)
S L King halved with D Shute
D J Rees beat B Nelson (3&1)
T H Cotton beat T Manero (5&3)
P Alliss lost to G Sarazen (1 hole)
R Burton lost to S Snead (5&4)
A Perry lost to E Dudley (2&1)
A J Lacey lost to H Picard (2&1)

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