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1927Worcester CC, Massachusetts
 United States91/2 - 21/2Great Britain & Ireland
Aubrey Boomer and George Duncan
Boomer (left) and Duncan (right) boosted flagging British spirits
The first official Ryder Cup match at Worcester, Massachusetts, involved a week-long sea passage for the Brits.

Abe Mitchell, who gave golf lessons to the Cup's benefactor Samuel Ryder, missed the competition with appendicitis.

Walter Hagen's men won easily and, unlike the informal contest at Wentworth in 1926, his team comprised of American-born players. All, that is, except Johnny Golden - an immigrant from eastern Europe.

Hagen avenged his defeat at the hands of Arthur Havers at The Open in Troon in 1923 when he beat him in the singles. British captain Ted Ray saw his team mostly outclassed.

The only point won in the doubles came from the pairing of Aubrey Boomer and Charles Whitcombe, while George Duncan got the only British victory in the singles.

British stalwart Ted Ray commented: "One of the chief reasons for our failure was the superior putting of the American team."

 United States 91/2 - 21/2Great Britain & Ireland

Foursomes:
W Hagen & J Golden beat E Ray & F Robson (2&1)
J Farrell & J Turnesa beat G Duncan & A Compston (8&6)
G Sarazen & A Watrous beat A G Havers & H C Jolly (3&2)
L Diegel & W Melhorn lost to A Boomer & C A Whitcombe (7&5)

Singles:
J Farrell beat A Boomer (5&4)
J Golden beat H C Jolly (8&7)
L Diegel beat E Ray (7&5)
G Sarazen halved with C A Whitcombe
W Hagen beat A G Havers (2&1)
A Watrous beat F Robson (3&2)
J Turnesa lost to G Duncan (1 hole)


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