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Golf Australia Express : September 2014
W HEN the Ryder Cup makes its journey to Scotland later this month, in a way, it will be returning home. Of course, history will tell us the first official Ryder Cup event was held in the USA at the Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts back in 1927. And while that’s correct, those in the know will tell you the true origins and concept of the trans-Atlantic challenge were formulated six years earlier at a little place called Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland. Gleneagles is, at least, the spiritual home of the game’s most revered team event. The teams tournament we’re referring to was called the ‘International Challenge’ which saw 10 golfers from the USA — including a fresh-faced New Yorker named Walter Hagen and ‘Wild Bill’ Mehlhorn from Texas — traverse the seas to Scotland in 1921 to take on an iconic British team stacked with the likes of James Braid, Harry Vardon, JH Taylor, Ted Ray and George Duncan. the course