James David ReesCBE (Fontygary at Barry31 March 1913 - september 10, 1983) was a famous British golfer from Wales.

Dai Rees grew with golf on because his father was the golf pro at The Leys Golf Club. Later the family moved to Aberdare, where his father was the head pro at Aberdare Golf Club. At the age of 16, Dai was his father's Assistant. When Harry Vardon died in 1937, he took his position on the South Herts Golf Club about it. He stayed there, like Vardon, until the end of his years of life.

He is best remembered because he was the only captain in 1957 the British Ryder Cup team that defeated the Americans in the period between 1935 and 1985. The event took place on the Lindrick Golf Club inRotherham and the team consisted of Peter Alliss, Hugh Bradshaw, Eric Brown, Ken Bousfield, Norman Drew, Max Faulkner, Bernard Hunt, Christy O'Connor SR., Dave Thomas and Harry Weetman. After this victory, 1957, he was elected ' BBC Sports Personality of the Year '. A year later he became Commander of the order of the British Empire.

In total, he is 23 times the four rounds of The Open Championship played, seven times he finished in the top-10, but he never won.

At the age of 70, he was still second when Martini International. Shortly thereafter, he was injured in a car accident. He died several months later.


This list is not complete, it is generally assumed that he has won 39 tournaments, this there are 20;.

  • Ryder Cup: 1937, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, and as captain in 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1967 (winners), 2010 (non-playing)


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