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

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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]

This was the last Ryder Cup in which the U.S. team did not employ captain's selections.[4] Europe used captain's picks in 1979, 1981, 1985, and this year.[5]

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.

Format[edit]

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.

Teams[edit]

United States Team USA
Name Age Points
rank
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Jack Nicklaus 47 Non-playing captain
Scott Simpson 32 13 0 Rookie
Larry Nelson 40 28 2 9 9–0–0 100.00
Payne Stewart 30 1 5 0 Rookie
Ben Crenshaw 35 2 11 2 6 3–2–1 58.33
Curtis Strange 32 3 4 2 7 3–3–1 50.00
Hal Sutton 29 4 21 1 4 1–2–1 37.50
Larry Mize 29 5 15 0 Rookie
Lanny Wadkins 37 6 9 4 17 12–4–1 73.53
Dan Pohl 32 7 25 0 Rookie
Tom Kite 37 8 17 4 15 8–4–3 63.33
Mark Calcavecchia 27 9 32 0 Rookie
Andy Bean 34 10 36 1 3 2–1–0 66.67

Simpson qualified by virtue of winning the 1987 U.S. Open, while Nelson qualified by winning the 1987 PGA Championship.

The selection process for the European team remained unchanged from 1985, with nine players chosen from the 1987 European Tour money list at the conclusion of the German Open on August 30 and the remaining three team members being chosen immediately afterwards by the team captain, Tony Jacklin.[6] Prior to the final event Eamonn Darcy was in the 9th qualifying place with Mats Lanner in 10th. Lanner finished just one shot ahead of Darcy in the German Open and Darcy retained his qualifying place. Jacklin's choices were Ken Brown, Sandy Lyle and José María Olazábal.[7]

Europe Team Europe
Name Age Points
rank
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
England Tony Jacklin 43 Non-playing captain
Wales Ian Woosnam 29 1 12 2 7 2–4–1 35.71
England Nick Faldo 30 2 20 5 17 11–6–0 64.71
England Howard Clark 33 3 42 3 7 3–3–1 50.00
Spain Seve Ballesteros 30 4 2 3 15 6–6–3 50.00
Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr 29 5 40 0 Rookie
Scotland Sam Torrance 34 6 54 3 13 3–7–3 34.62
Germany Bernhard Langer 30 7 3 3 14 7–4–3 60.71
Spain José Rivero 32 8 68= 1 2 1–1–0 50.00
Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy 35 9 112 3 9 0–7–2 11.11
Spain José María Olazábal 21 11 43 0 Rookie
Scotland Sandy Lyle 29 7 4 14 4–8–2 35.71
Scotland Ken Brown 30 77= 4 11 4–7–0 36.36

Captains picks are shown in yellow.[4][5] The world rankings and records are at the start of the 1987 Ryder Cup.

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
Session
Overall

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
Session
15 Overall 13

Individual player records[edit]

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.

Source: [8]

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Andy Bean 2 2–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–1–0
Mark Calcavecchia 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Ben Crenshaw 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Tom Kite 3 3–2–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–2–0
Larry Mize 2 1–1–2 0–0–1 0–1–1 1–0–0
Larry Nelson 0.5 0–3–1 0–0–1 0–2–0 0–1–0
Dan Pohl 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Scott Simpson 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Payne Stewart 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–0
Curtis Strange 2 2–3–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 0–2–0
Hal Sutton 3 2–1–2 0–0–1 1–0–1 1–1–0
Lanny Wadkins 1 1–3–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 0–1–0

Europe[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Seve Ballesteros 4 4–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 1–1–0
Gordon Brand, Jnr 1.5 1–2–1 0–0–1 0–1–0 1–1–0
Ken Brown 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Howard Clark 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Eamonn Darcy 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Nick Faldo 3.5 3–1–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 2–0–0
Bernhard Langer 3.5 3–1–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 2–0–0
Sandy Lyle 3 3–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0
José María Olazábal 3 3–2–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 1–1–0
José Rivero 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Sam Torrance 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–1 0–1–0 0–0–0
Ian Woosnam 3.5 3–1–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 2–0–0

References[edit]

  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. 
  4. ^ a b "Ryder Cup squad set". Reading Eagle. wire services. August 10, 1987. p. 27. 
  5. ^ a b Kelley, Brent. "Ryder Cup captain's picks and how they've fared". About.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Back to the old Belfry spirit". The Times, November 28, 1986; pg. 36; Issue 62627.
  7. ^ "McNulty and Darcy's Rhapsody". The Times, August 31, 1987; pg. 28; Issue 62861.
  8. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 

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