Ryder Cup: Top Three Repeated Pairings in Team U.S. History

Published 09/19/2021, 7:30 PM EDT
Tiger Woods of USA plays out of rough by the 3rd fairway in his morning four ball match with Patrick Reed versus Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari of Europe during day two of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National near Versailles on September 29th 2018 in France (Photo by Tom Jenkins)


With the 2021 Ryder Cup teams in place, the biggest challenge is what they face now. Strategizing and deciding the pairings is most important, and even a slight mishap can be costly. Whatever the pairings, every golfer definitely has a high bar to reach and the set standards are sky high.

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OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND – AUGUST 26: Phil Mickelson of the United States walks on the first hole during the first round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club on August 26, 2021 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Team USA, although always strong on paper, has had a tendency in recent years to lose out on teamwork. In the previous 12 editions, they have managed to overpower the Europeans only three times. Let’s have a look at the top three most paired players in the Ryder Cup history.

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Most Frequent Team USA pairing at the Ryder Cup

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth bag the top spot on this list with a record of 7 appearances. Not only is the duo in the top spot for the highest number of pairings, they are also tied for the most successful pairing. In just 2 editions together, they have managed to collect 5 points between the two of them.

The two Texans came to a controversial split in 2018 when Reed said that Spieth didn’t want to play with him. However, this is pairing may not be done creating history yet. With both of them still on top of their game, we may watch this duo come together again.

Jun 17, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Patrick Reed waves after his putt on the second green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Five pairings take the spot for a record of six appearances together. Over five years, Larry Nelson and Lanny Wadkins were paired together six times. During this time, they won four matches, lost two, and accumulated a total of 4 points. Tom Kite and Curtis Strange appeared together six times in two editions. However, they won just 2.5 points with two wins and three losses.

Phil Mickelson and David Toms collected 3.5 points over six pairings. Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods also appeared together six times. However, they could manage only 2 points off of their famous partnership. Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson, the last for this spot, won 3 points over four editions.

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Palmer and Dickinson- one of the most successful U.S. pairing at the Cup

Gardner Dickinson and Arnold Palmer are tied with three others in the third spot for five appearances together at the Ryder Cup. However, with 5 points and a clean record of 5-0-0, they are also tied for the most successful American pairing ever at the Ryder Cup. Julius Boros and Tony Lema come in with 3.5 points while Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson have a total of 4 points over tw0 editions.

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AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 09: Arnold Palmer hits out a bunker during the Par 3 Contest at the 2008 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for Golfweek)

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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