Arnold Palmer, Ryder Cup Record: 22-8-2
The King played in six Ryder Cups, accumulating the most wins by any U.S. player, as well as the second-most points. Palmer was the last playing captain in 1963, and captained the U.S. squad again in 1975.
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Billy Casper, Ryder Cup Record: 20-10-7
Billy Casper played in a total of eight Cups for the Americans, amassing 23.5 points, which tops the list for the U.S. He's tied for the second-most wins (20) and captained the team to victory in 1979, the first year in which the opposing team was opened up to players from continental Europe.
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Lanny Wadkins, Ryder Cup Record: 20-11-3
Wadkins was involved in nine straight Ryder Cups, as a player from 1977-1993 and as captain in 1995. The 20 wins he racked up are tied for second-best all-time, easily qualifying him for this list.
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Jack Nicklaus, Ryder Cup Record: 17-8-3
The Golden Bear did not just excel in the majors, but in these biennial grudge matches, too. His play earned him two captain jobs, in 1983 and 1987.
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Lee Trevino, Ryder Cup Record: 17-7-6
Trevino had a reputation as a consummate competitor on the course, a quality that did him well as a player in the Ryder Cup. Unfortunately, his captaincy in 1985 saw the U.S. lose the Cup for the first time since 1957.
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Sam Snead, Ryder Cup Record: 10-2-1
Slammin' Sam's .808 point-per-match average is among the best in U.S. team history. Snead was a three-time captain, holding the position in 1951, 1959 and 1969.
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Tom Watson, Ryder Cup Record: 10-4-1Watson, at right with Jack Nicklaus at the '81 Ryder Cup, played in four Cups and captained the 1993 team.
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Gardner Dickinson, Ryder Cup Record: 9-1-0
Dickinson only played in two Cups (1967 and 1971) but his incredible, nearly flawless record is deserving of this list.
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J.C. Snead, Ryder Cup Record: 9-2-0
Sam Snead's nephew J.C. could hold his own in international competition. His .818 point-per-match average is second-best among those who played at least 10 matches.
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Walter Hagen, Ryder Cup Record: 7-1-1
Hagen was U.S. playing captain for the first five Ryder Cups, from 1927-1935. He put together an incredible record despite his dual duties as coach and player.
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