PHOTOS: The greatest U.S. Ryder Cup players of all time

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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.
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.