Which players have led Europe and the USA into battle?

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Which players have led the European and American teams down the years? See the full list here

Team USA have pulled the trigger first in the naming of the 2023 Ryder Cup captains.

Zach Johnson will lead the visiting team at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome next year as the Americans look to defend their title after a record-breaking victory at Whistling Straits in September.

Johnson played on five Ryder Cup teams between 2006 and 2016, winning one and losing four. He then served as a vice-captain in 2018 and 2021, both of which we won by the home team.

Ryder Cup captains

So which players have been the Ryder Cup captains for both the European and American sides down the years? Here’s the complete rundown…

Great Britain Ryder Cup captains

1927: Ted Ray
1929: George Duncan 
1931: Charles Whitcombe
1933: JH Taylor
1935: Charles Whitcombe
1937: Charles Whitcombe 
1947: Henry Cotton
1949: Charles Whitcombe
1951: Arthur Lacey
1953: Henry Cotton
1955: Dai Rees
1957: Dai Rees
1959: Dai Rees
1961: Dai Rees
1963: John Fallon
1965: Harry Weetman
1967: Dai Rees
1967: Eric Brown
1971: Eric Brown

Great Britain & Ireland Ryder Cup captains

1973: Bernard Hunt
1975: Bernard Hunt
1977: Brian Huggett

European Ryder Cup captains

1979: John Jacobs
1981: John Jacobs
1983: Tony Jacklin
1985: Tony Jacklin
1987: Tony Jacklin
1989: Tony Jacklin
1991: Bernard Gallacher
1993: Bernard Gallacher
1995: Bernard Gallacher
1997: Seve Ballesteros
1999: Mark James
2002: Sam Torrance
2004: Bernhard Langer
2006: Ian Woosnam
2008: Nick Faldo
2010: Colin Montgomerie
2012: Jose Maria Olazabal
2014: Paul McGinley
2016: Darren Clarke
2018: Thomas Bjorn
2021: Padraig Harrington
2023: TBC

USA Ryder Cup captains

1927: Walter Hagen
1929: Walter Hagen
1931: Walter Hagen
1933: Walter Hagen
1935: Walter Hagen
1937: Walter Hagen
1947: Ben Hogan
1949: Ben Hogan
1951: Sam Snead
1953: Lloyd Mangrum
1955: Chick Harbert
1957: Jack Burke Jr
1959: Sam Snead
1961: Jerry Barber
1963: Arnold Palmer
1965: Byron Nelson
1967: Ben Hogan
1969: Sam Snead
1971: Jay Herbert
1973: Jack Burke Jr
1975: Arnold Palmer
1977: Dow Finsterwald
1979: Billy Casper
1981: Dave Marr
1983: Jack Nicklaus
1985: Lee Trevino
1987: Jack Nicklaus
1989: Raymond Floyd
1991: Dave Stockton
1993: Tom Watson
1995: Lanny Wadkins
1997: Tom Kite
1999: Ben Crenshaw
2002: Curtis Strange
2004: Hal Sutton
2006: Tom Lehman
2008: Paul Azinger
2010: Corey Pavin
2012: Davis Love III
2014: Tom Watson
2016: Davis Love III
2018: Jim Furyk
2021: Steve Stricker
2023: Zach Johnson

Visit our dedicated Ryder Cup website for more.

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