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Ryder Cup

The history of The PGA is inextricably linked with the Ryder Cup.

It is an involvement as a founding partner of the Ryder Cup that extends from the very first match in 1927 to the present day.  The PGA is a partner in Ryder Cup Europe LLP alongside the European Tour and the PGAs of Europe.  The PGA plays a key role in each Ryder Cup played on European soil.

Furthermore, this enduring association is cemented further by The PGA's status as the trustee of the famous Ryder Cup trophy itself, donated by Sam Ryder to mark the biennial contest between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States' finest players.

One of The PGA's most famous members, Abe Mitchell, is the gilded figure depicted on the top of the 17 inch high trophy. Mitchell takes pride of place as a result of his friendship and patronage by Samuel Ryder who from 1925 appointed him as his personal golf instructor.

Ryder had agreed to support Mitchell to give him opportunity to concentrate on both tournament play and on practising for the Open Championship - Mitchell at the time was considered one of the finest players not to have won a major.

History 2012 Medinah

PGA Professionals have continued to play a significant role in the Ryder Cup in more recent years, both behind the scenes and within Ryder Cup teams.

'Behind every Ryder Cup player is a PGA Professional.'

For the Celtic Manor event in 2010, the role of the PGA Professional in preparing each team member was recognised by the Captain, Colin Montgomerie and highlighted in a prominent campaign that recognised the importance of the PGA Professional as a coach in helping the players to prepare for an event such as the Ryder Cup.

PGA Professionals have also continued to play an important part in front of the cameras on successful Ryder Cup teams.  Ian Poulter and Paul Lawrie, both fully qualified PGA Professionals, notably performed under pressure to help the European team to victory in the 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012.

Further information on the history of the Ryder Cup and the work of the Ryder Cup Trust, of which The PGA is a partner, can be found by visiting and