Map Quest

The Ryder Cup's widened search for talent
September 29, 2014

WHEN THE RYDER CUP began in 1927, it was America versus Great Britain. The U.S. dominated, compiling a 16--3 record that forced the British to expand, first to include the Republic of Ireland, in '73, and then, in '79, all of Europe.

Since looping in the rest of the Continent, Europe leads 10--7. The maps chart Ryder Cup appearances by birthplace and show how much the Euros have relied on players outside Great Britain. They also show how the U.S. team has widened its base, bringing in more players from the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest as the game, the quality of players and the awareness of those players expanded.

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19

15

20

9

6

12

35

34

35

145

60

2

1

3

6

12

15

Pre-1979

1979--present

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29

31

3

1

5

1

30

24

4

1

3

5

5

3

14

17

7

5

3

4

5

7

1

8

4

1

3

3

1

3

10

19

5

6

4

15

9

6

2

2

22

8

33

3

2

1

2

4

1

4

11

14

2

13

Not shown: Guernsey(G.B.)—1

Jersey(G.B.)—3

Puerto Rico(U.S.)—1

Who Wore It Best?

It was rookie-hazing season in MLB, and several teams went with a superhero theme.

METS

Infielder Wilmer Flores and catcher Juan Centeno make an odd pair.

CUBS [X]

Infielder Javy Baez and rightfielder Jorge Soler get bonus points for matching.

For an expanded gallery of rookies on parade, go to SI.com/extra-mustard

THEY SAID IT

"I made a poor decision regarding the limits of my alcohol intake."

Aaron Cruden

New Zealand rugby player who was dropped from the All Blacks lineup after missing a Sunday-morning flight to Argentina.

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Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
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