Bernard was born on the 9th of February 1949 in Bathgate Scotland and at aged 20, became the youngest player to represent GB&I. He went on to play in 8 Ryder Cup matches from 1969 – 1981. He was captain for Europe in 1991, 93 and 95, each of the matches were extremely close and he was successful at the 3rd attempt. This match was played at the Oak Hill USA and was only the second time that USA were beaten at home.
Lee Trevino said “ In the Ryder Cup Bernard was the only player to get the better of him” - this he did 5 times.
Bernard turned professional in 1967 and accumulated 22 wins. He also represented Scotland in 1969, 71, 74, 82 and 83 in the World Cup. He was appointed professional at the Wentworth Club, Surrey, England, holding this position for 25 years, retiring at the end of 1996. There is a statue of Bernard on the first tee.
The Samuel Ryder Foundation, St Albans, United Kingdom