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A decisive victory for the Americans at Indian Wells

1959 Ryder Cup Championship Trophy Won by Sam Snead. Conceived in 1926 and first contested the following year, the Ryder Cup is named for English entrepreneur Samuel Ryder, who donated the original trophy to be presented to the winning side in an annual battle between teams from the United States and Great Britain. Continental Europe would expand the field of competitors in 1979. Now in its ninth decade of existence, the Ryder Cup is the most noted team match play tournament in golf, and its history features a who's who of iconic figures in the sport, though perhaps none as esteemed as the man who earned this impressive prize for his captaincy of the victorious 1959 American side at Eldorado Golf Club in Indian Wells, California.

British captain Dai Rees, who rallied his Brits two years earlier to nearly sweep the singles matches after a poor showing in the foursomes, was unable to repeat the magic on American soil, falling decisively to the hosts by a final score of 8 ½ to 3 ½ points. Snead himself would battle to a draw with partner Cary Middlecoff in the foursomes, then claim his singles match with a decisive six and five victory over Welsh star Dave Thomas.

The impressive design of the sixteen and a half inch tall symbol of excellence should be familiar to any true fan of international golf competition, an artfully crafted loving cup topped by a figural golfer. Still solely an affair of the British Empire and its former colony in 1959, this Ryder Cup bears Eagle and Lion imagery on the face along with the Stars and Stripes and Union Jack. Directly opposite are the engraved words "Ryder Cup." Engraved on the band just above the wooden base is the attribution: "Sam Snead, Captain 1959, Eldorado."

The gold-plated beauty exhibits a moderate degree of handling wear, but our catalog imagery should indicate that the aesthetics remain very strong, well in keeping with the enormous historical relevance and collecting appeal. Letter of provenance from Jack Snead.


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