1987 Ryder Cup
|Dates||September 25–27, 1987|
|Venue||Muirfield Village Golf Club|
|Europe wins the Ryder Cup|
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.
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.
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.
|Jack Nicklaus||47||Non-playing captain|
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. 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.
|Tony Jacklin||43||Non-playing captain|
|Gordon Brand, Jnr||29||5||40||0||Rookie|
|José María Olazábal||21||11||43||0||Rookie|
|Torrance/Clark||4 & 2||Strange/Kite|
|Brown/Langer||2 & 1||Sutton/Pohl|
|Brand/Rivero||3 & 2||Crenshaw/Simpson|
|Faldo/Woosnam||2 & 1||Sutton/Pohl|
|Ballesteros/Olazábal||2 & 1||Strange/Kite|
|Rivero/Brand||3 & 1||Strange/Kite|
|Lyle/Langer||2 & 1||Wadkins/Nelson|
|Faldo/Woosnam||5 & 4||Strange/Kite|
|Darcy/Brand||3 & 2||Bean/Stewart|
|Ballesteros/Olazábal||2 & 1||Sutton/Mize|
Sunday's singles matches
|Ian Woosnam||1 up||Andy Bean|
|Howard Clark||1 up||Dan Pohl|
|Sam Torrance||halved||Larry Mize|
|Nick Faldo||1 up||Mark Calcavecchia|
|José María Olazábal||2 up||Payne Stewart|
|José Rivero||2 & 1||Scott Simpson|
|Sandy Lyle||3 & 2||Tom Kite|
|Eamonn Darcy||1 up||Ben Crenshaw|
|Bernhard Langer||halved||Larry Nelson|
|Seve Ballesteros||2 & 1||Curtis Strange|
|Ken Brown||3 & 2||Lanny Wadkins|
|Gordon Brand, Jnr||halved||Hal Sutton|
Individual player records
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
|Gordon Brand, Jnr||1.5||1–2–1||0–0–1||0–1–0||1–1–0|
|José María Olazábal||3||3–2–0||0–1–0||2–0–0||1–1–0|
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