1983 Ryder Cup

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25th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   October 14–16, 1983
Venue   PGA National Golf Club
Location   Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Captains   Jack Nicklaus (USA)
Tony Jacklin (Europe)
United States   14½    13½   Europe
United States wins the Ryder Cup



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The 25th Ryder Cup Matches were held October 14–16, 1983 at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The United States team won the competition by a score of 14½ to 13½ points, the closest Ryder Cup since the tie in 1969.[1][2][3] In their third competition with players from the continent, Europe showed the ability to realistically challenge the Americans.[4] This was the first of four occasions that Tony Jacklin was the European captain and the sole occasion that his side lost.

Entering the singles matches on Sunday, the competition was even at 8 points each. Jacklin put his best players out early, while U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus saved his for last.[4] In the first match, Seve Ballesteros was 3 up at the turn but needed an outstanding 3-wood from a fairway bunker on the final hole to salvage par and force a half with Fuzzy Zoeller.[5] With ten matches complete and the score at 13 points each, the outcome depended on the two singles matches remaining on the course, between José Maria Cañizares and Lanny Wadkins and Bernard Gallacher and Tom Watson. The U.S. victory is generally accredited to Wadkins, who hit a wedge to less than three feet (0.9 m) on the par-5 18th hole to win the hole with a birdie and halve his match against Canizares. Gallacher had trailed all day, but Watson bogeyed 16 and was only 1 up with two holes to play. He had another bogey at the par-3 17th, but Gallacher's three-foot putt for bogey missed and ended the match at 2 & 1 and gave the U.S. the winning point.[2][3]

This was the thirteenth consecutive win at home for the U.S. team, but they have yet to post consecutive home victories since, alternating losses and wins for a 3–4 record through 2012. It was also the last victory for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup for eight years, until 1991.

PGA National hosted the PGA Championship in 1987.


The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format in 1983 was as follows:

  • Day 1 — 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session
  • Day 2 — 4 four-ball matches in a morning session and 4 foursome matches in an afternoon session
  • Day 3 — 12 singles matches

With a total of 28 points, 14½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.


Friday's matches[edit]

October 14, 1983

Morning foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Gallacher/Lyle United States 5 & 4 Watson/Crenshaw
Faldo/Langer Europe 4 & 2 Wadkins/Stadler
Cañizares/Torrance Europe 4 & 3 Floyd/Gilder
Ballesteros/Way United States 2 & 1 Kite/Peete
2 Session 2
2 Overall 2

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

Europe Results United States
Waites/Brown Europe 2 & 1 Morgan/Zoeller
Faldo/Langer United States 2 & 1 Watson/Haas
Ballesteros/Way Europe 1 up Floyd/Strange
Torrance/Woosnam halved Crenshaw/Peete

Saturday's matches[edit]

October 15, 1983

Morning four-ball[edit]

Europe Results United States
Waites/Brown United States 1 up Wadkins/Stadler
Faldo/Langer Europe 4 & 2 Crenshaw/Peete
Ballesteros/Way halved Morgan/Haas
Torrance/Woosnam United States 5 & 4 Watson/Gilder
6 Overall 6

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Faldo/Langer Europe 3 & 2 Kite/Floyd
Torrance/Cañizares United States 7 & 5 Morgan/Wadkins
Ballesteros/Way Europe 2 & 1 Watson/Gilder
Waites/Brown United States 3 & 2 Haas/Strange
2 Session 2
8 Overall 8

Sunday's singles matches[edit]

October 16, 1983

Europe Results United States
Seve Ballesteros halved Fuzzy Zoeller
Nick Faldo Europe 2 & 1 Jay Haas
Bernhard Langer Europe 2 up Gil Morgan
Gordon J. Brand United States 2 up Bob Gilder
Sandy Lyle United States 3 & 1 Ben Crenshaw
Brian Waites United States 1 up Calvin Peete
Paul Way Europe 2 & 1 Curtis Strange
Sam Torrance halved Tom Kite
Ian Woosnam United States 3 & 2 Craig Stadler
José Maria Cañizares halved Lanny Wadkins
Ken Brown Europe 4 & 3 Raymond Floyd
Bernard Gallacher United States 2 & 1 Tom Watson
13½ Overall 14½



  1. ^ "Nicklaus 'thrilled' with U.S. victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. October 17, 1983. p. 4B. 
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (October 25, 1983). "A close call for Captain Jack". Sports Illustrated: 38. 
  3. ^ a b Moffett, Dan (October 17, 1983). "Americans' Cup victory is no easy Ryder". Palm Beach Post. p. D1. 
  4. ^ a b Moffett, Dan (October 17, 1983). "Jacklin's strategy almost paid off while Nicklaus saved best for last". Palm Beach Post. p. D7. 
  5. ^ "Ballesteros' Bunker Shot Among Best From Ryder Cup". TSN. September 26, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 

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