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Dai Rees


Dai Rees (born Fontygary, Wales, 31 March 1913, died September 10, 1983) was one of the Britain's leading golfers either side of World War II.

Rees is most remembered as the captain of the Great Britain team which defeated the United States to win the Ryder Cup at Lindrick Golf Club in Yorkshire, England in 1957. The score was a decisive 7.5-4.5. This was the only defeat which the U.S. suffered in the competition between 1933 and 1985, and the last achieved by Britain's golfers without the assistance of the rest of Europe. Following this triumph he won Britain's best known sports award, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, for 1957. In 1958 he was made a CBE, an rare honour for a sportsman. Rees played in nine Ryder Cups in total, and was selected for the aborted 1939 Cup. He has a 7-9-1 win-loss-draw record, which was well above average for a British player in an era when the British team suffered many heavy defeats.



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