1987 Ryder Cup

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27th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   September 25–27, 1987
Venue   Muirfield Village Golf Club
Location   Dublin, Ohio
Captains   Jack Nicklaus (USA)
Tony Jacklin (Europe)
United States   13    15   Europe
Europe wins the Ryder Cup



Muirfield Village is located in United States
Muirfield Village
Muirfield Village
Location in the United States

The 27th Ryder Cup Matches were held September 25–27, 1987 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb north of Columbus. The European team won their second consecutive competition by a score of 15 to 13 points in probably the most historic Ryder Cup. After an unbeaten record of 13–0 spanning sixty years, the U.S. team lost for the first time on home soil.[1][2]

Europe took a lead of 5 points into the Sunday singles matches, but the U.S. fought back strongly to narrow the deficit. Eamonn Darcy, who previously had a very poor Ryder Cup record, defeated Ben Crenshaw at the last hole to get Europe to 13 points. Crenshaw had broken his putter in a moment of frustration after the sixth hole and putted with his 1 iron for the last dozen holes. Bernhard Langer then halved his match with Larry Nelson and when Seve Ballesteros defeated Curtis Strange 2 & 1 to total 14½ points, the European victory was secured.[1][2][3]

Muirfield Village, founded and designed by U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus, has hosted the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour since 1976. The 2013 Presidents Cup was held at the same course.


The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format in 1987 adjusted slightly from the previous three events, with the order of play on the second day swapped:

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

Morning foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Torrance/Clark United States 4 & 2 Strange/Kite
Brown/Langer United States 2 & 1 Sutton/Pohl
Faldo/Woosnam Europe 2 up Wadkins/Mize
Ballesteros/Olazábal Europe 1 up Nelson/Stewart
2 Session 2
2 Overall 2

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

Europe Results United States
Brand/Rivero Europe 3 & 2 Crenshaw/Simpson
Lyle/Langer Europe 1 up Bean/Calcavecchia
Faldo/Woosnam Europe 2 & 1 Sutton/Pohl
Ballesteros/Olazábal Europe 2 & 1 Strange/Kite
4 Session 0
6 Overall 2

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Rivero/Brand United States 3 & 1 Strange/Kite
Faldo/Woosnam halved Sutton/Mize
Lyle/Langer Europe 2 & 1 Wadkins/Nelson
Ballesteros/Olazábal Europe 1 up Crenshaw/Stewart

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

Europe Results United States
Faldo/Woosnam Europe 5 & 4 Strange/Kite
Darcy/Brand United States 3 & 2 Bean/Stewart
Ballesteros/Olazábal United States 2 & 1 Sutton/Mize
Lyle/Langer Europe 1 up Wadkins/Nelson
2 Session 2
10½ Overall

Sunday's singles matches[edit]

Europe Results United States
Ian Woosnam United States 1 up Andy Bean
Howard Clark Europe 1 up Dan Pohl
Sam Torrance halved Larry Mize
Nick Faldo United States 1 up Mark Calcavecchia
José María Olazábal United States 2 up Payne Stewart
José Rivero United States 2 & 1 Scott Simpson
Sandy Lyle United States 3 & 2 Tom Kite
Eamonn Darcy Europe 1 up Ben Crenshaw
Bernhard Langer halved Larry Nelson
Seve Ballesteros Europe 2 & 1 Curtis Strange
Ken Brown United States 3 & 2 Lanny Wadkins
Gordon Brand, Jnr halved Hal Sutton
15 Overall 13


  1. ^ a b Diaz, Jaime (October 5, 1987). "A Cup for the Old World". Sports Illustrated: 58. 
  2. ^ a b "Europeans use crucial 18th hole to win Ryder Cup". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. September 28, 1987. p. 2C. 
  3. ^ "Ryder Cup 1987". Retrieved October 1, 2012. 

Coordinates: 40°08′24″N 83°08′28″W / 40.140°N 83.141°W / 40.140; -83.141