Ryder Cup Relatives

Brothers, fathers/sons, cousins and more related golfers who played in Ryder Cup

The Whitcombe brothers at 1935 Ryder Cup
The Whitcombe brothers - Reg, Ernest and Charles - all played for Team Great Britain at the 1935 Ryder Cup. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

How many golfers who are related to one another have played in the Ryder Cup? Have brothers played in the matches - or even played together in the same Ryder Cup? Have there been any fathers and sons who both played?

Yes, and yes. And, in fact, the Ryder Cup has also featured uncles and nephews, cousins, and some golfers related by marriage (in-laws). Among the more famous golfers included in the list of Ryder Cup relatives below is Sam Snead (whose nephew was a longtime and successful tour player).

Here are all the Ryder Cup relatives in the history of the matches:

Father and Son

  • Percy Alliss (1929, 1933, 1935, 1937) and Peter Alliss (1953, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969)
  • Antonio Garrido (1979) and Ignacio Garrido (1997)

When Peter Alliss played his first in 1953, he made the Allisses the first father-son Ryder Cup duo, but also, at that time, just the second set of relatives to play in the event (after the Whitcombe brothers).

Both father-son pairs played for Great Britain & Ireland/Europe.


  • Charles Whitcombe (1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937), Reg Whitcombe (1935) and Ernest Whitcombe (1929, 1931, 1935)
  • Bernard Hunt (1953, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969) and Geoffrey Hunt (1963)
  • Joe Turnesa (1927, 1929) and Jim Turnesa (1953)
  • Jay Hebert (1959, 1961) and Lionel Hebert (1957)
  • Edoardo Molinari (2010) and Francesco Molinari (2010)

Charles and Ernest Whitcombe became the first relatives to play in the same Ryder Cup at the 1929 match.

They both made the team again in 1931. And in 1935, Reg joined them to make it the first - and so far only - time a trio of relatives played on the same Ryder Cup team.

The Hunt brothers played on the same team in 1963, and the Molinaris were together in 2010. The Whitcombes, Hunts and Molinaris played for Great Britain & Ireland or Europe; the Turnesas and Heberts for the USA (the Heberts, by the way, also both won the PGA Championship).

Did any of the brothers partner one another? At the 1935 Ryder Cup, Charles and Ernest Whitcombe won a foursomes match over Olin Dutra/Ky Laffoon, 1-up. Charles was the Great Britain captain.

And the Molinaris partnered twice at the 2010 Ryder Cup, losing one match and halving the other.

Uncle and Nephew

  • Christy O'Connor Sr. (1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969) and Christy O'Connor Jr. (1975, 1989)
  • Sam Snead (1937, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1959) and J.C. Snead (1971, 1973, 1975)
  • Bob Goalby (1963) and Jay Haas (1983, 1995, 2004)

The Christy O'Connors - senior and junior - often confuse golf fans. You'd expect them to be father-son, after all. But they weren't. They were uncle-nephew. And Junior wasn't actually named Junior; that is, the "Jr." wasn't a part of his given name. When the younger Christy O'Connor joined the European Tour, their peers began referring to them as Senior and Junior to distinguish between them.

The O'Connors played for GB&I/Europe; the Sneads and Goalby/Haas played for the United States.


  • Jack Burke Jr. (1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959) and Dave Marr (1965)

Jackie Burke and Dave Marr, in addition to being among the relatives who played in the Ryder Cup, were each also PGA Championship winners.

Same as the Hebert brothers.

Burke and Marr hold another distinction among the golfers listed on this page: They are the only relatives who both captained Ryder Cup teams. Burke captained Team USA in 1957 and 1973, and Marr did so in 1981.


  • Max Faulkner (1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1957) and Brian Barnes (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979)

Faulkner was Barnes' father-in-law.


  • Jerry Pate (1981) and Bruce Lietzke (1981)

The wives of Pate and Lietzke - Soozi Pate and Rose Lietzke - are sisters.

Pate and Lietzke each made the USA Ryder Cup team only once, but it was in the same year. They did not partner in the matches.

Coincidentally, each finished runner-up to the other during the 1981 PGA Tour season. On Jan. 18, 1981, Lietzke won the Bob Hope Desert Classic and Pate was runner-up.

On June 28, 1981, Pate won the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic and Lietzke tied for second.

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