The Ryder Cup dates back to 1927, and in the 42 Ryder Cups played, some of the legends of the game have performed at the highest level. However, some of the all-time Ryder Cup greats have not been the absolute best players of all-time, or even their era, but they were peerless in the biennial matches.
Sergio Garcia has scored the most Ryder Cup points of any player, either for Europe or the United States. Garcia has scored 25.5 points in nine career appearances for Europe (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018). He secured the record-setting point, breaking Nick Faldo's old record, in defeating Rickie Fowler in his Sunday singles match in the 2018 Ryder Cup in France. Garcia has gone 22-12-7 in his Ryder Cup career, including 18 total wins in team matches in 32 tries.
Faldo went 23-19-4 in 11 Ryder Cup appearances from 1977-1997, with Bernhard Langer earning 24 total points in 42 matches in 10 appearances from 1981-2002.
For the American side, Billy Casper has the most all-time total Ryder Cup points with 23.5 points in eight Ryder Cup appearances from 1961-1975. Casper had a 20-10-7 overall record, but he spread his wins nearly evenly between the match types, winning six singles matches, as well eight foursomes and six fourball matches.
Arnold Palmer played in seven Ryder Cups from 1961-1975, earning 23 total points from 32 matches in that span. Palmer went 22-8-2 in his Ryder Cup career, going an incredible 16-5-0 in 21 team matches. Several of those wins came with Billy Casper as his partner.
Since the Ryder Cup went to 28 matches in 1977, the lead all-time American point earners have 21.5 points each. Phil Mickelson, who also has the Ryder Cup record for the most losses with an 18-22-7 overall record, has scored his record in 12 total appearances. Lanny Wadkins has 21.5 total points, too, with a 20-11-3 overall record in eight appearances for Team USA from 1977-1993.