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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.

25th Ryder Cup Matches
DatesOctober 14–16, 1983
VenuePGA National Golf Club
LocationPalm Beach Gardens, Florida
Captains
United States 14½ 13½ Europe
United States wins the Ryder Cup
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PGA National  is located in the United States
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Location in the United States
PGA National  is located in Florida
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Location in Florida

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 4-4 record through 2016. It was also the last victory for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup for eight years, until 1991.

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FormatEdit

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.

TeamsEdit

The American qualification rules remained unchanged from 1981 with 11 of the team being selected from a points list. The final place in the team was allocated to the winner of the 1983 PGA Championship (which finished on August 7), provided he was not in the top 11, in which case the 12th player in the points list would qualify. Qualification based on the points list finished after the Western Open on July 3. Tom Watson needed to win the final event to guarantee his place but finished second, lifting him from 14th to 12th place in the points list and pushing Hale Irwin out of that position.[6] The PGA Championship was won by Hal Sutton with Jack Nicklaus second.[7] Sutton was only in his third year as a professional and hence ineligible and so Watson retained his place on the team.[8]

  Team USA
Name Age Points
rank
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Jack Nicklaus 43 Non-playing captain
Lanny Wadkins 33 1 2 8 7–1–0 87.50
Raymond Floyd 41 2 4 15 5–7–3 43.33
Tom Kite 33 3 2 8 6–1–1 81.25
Fuzzy Zoeller 31 4 1 5 1–4–0 20.00
Craig Stadler 30 5 0 Rookie
Jay Haas 29 6 0 Rookie
Gil Morgan 37 7 1 2 0–0–2 50.00
Calvin Peete 40 8 0 Rookie
Ben Crenshaw 31 9 1 2 1–1–0 50.00
Bob Gilder 32 10 0 Rookie
Curtis Strange 28 11 0 Rookie
Tom Watson 34 12 2 7 5–2–0 71.43

The European team was chosen entirely from the 1983 European Tour money list as at the conclusion of the St. Mellion Timeshare TPC on September 18.[9] Prior to the final event 10 of the players had guaranteed their places with Manuel Piñero in 11th position and Gordon J. Brand in 12th. Brand made sure of his place with fifth place in the TPC but Piñero was overtaken by Paul Way who finished second to lift him to 11th place in the list.[10]

  Team Europe
Name Age Points
rank
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
  Tony Jacklin 39 Non-playing captain
  Nick Faldo 26 1 3 10 7–3–0 70.00
  Seve Ballesteros 26 2 1 5 1–4–0 20.00
  Bernhard Langer 26 3 1 4 1–2–1 37.50
  Sandy Lyle 25 4 2 9 3–5–1 38.89
  Ken Brown 26 5 2 4 1–3–0 25.00
  José Maria Cañizares 36 6 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
  Brian Waites 43 7 0 Rookie
  Sam Torrance 30 8 1 4 0–3–1 12.50
  Ian Woosnam 25 9 0 Rookie
  Bernard Gallacher 34 10 7 29 13–11–5 53.45
  Paul Way 20 11 0 Rookie
  Gordon J. Brand 28 12 0 Rookie

Friday's matchesEdit

October 14, 1983

Morning foursomesEdit

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

Afternoon four-ballEdit

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

Saturday's matchesEdit

October 15, 1983

Morning four-ballEdit

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

Afternoon foursomesEdit

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

Sunday's singles matchesEdit

Individual player recordsEdit

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

Source: [11]

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Ben Crenshaw 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–1–1
Raymond Floyd 0 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Bob Gilder 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–0
Jay Haas 2.5 2–1–1 0–1–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
Tom Kite 1.5 1–1–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 0–0–0
Gil Morgan 1.5 1–2–1 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–1
Calvin Peete 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–1–1
Craig Stadler 2 2–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Curtis Strange 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Lanny Wadkins 2.5 2–1–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 1–0–0
Tom Watson 4 4–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 2–0–0
Fuzzy Zoeller 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–1 0–0–0 0–1–0

EuropeEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Seve Ballesteros 3 2–1–2 0–0–1 1–1–0 1–0–1
Gordon J. Brand 0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–0–0
Ken Brown 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
José Maria Cañizares 1.5 1–1–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 0–0–0
Nick Faldo 4 4–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 1–1–0
Bernard Gallacher 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Bernhard Langer 4 4–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 1–1–0
Sandy Lyle 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Sam Torrance 2 1–2–2 0–0–1 1–1–0 0–1–1
Brian Waites 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Paul Way 3.5 3–1–1 1–0–0 1–1–0 1–0–1
Ian Woosnam 0.5 0–2–1 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–1

VideoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • "Ryder Cup 2006 » History » 1983 Results". The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Limited, and Turner Sports Interactive. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  • "Ryder Cup history: 1983". BBC Sport. September 13, 2004. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  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. p. 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.
  6. ^ "Unsure Watson teeters on a tightrope". The Times, Tuesday, July 6, 1983; pg. 26; Issue 61577.
  7. ^ "A cub called Sutton follows the tracks of the Golden Bear". The Times, Tuesday, Aug 9, 1983; pg. 18; Issue 61606.
  8. ^ "Watson may call off". The Times, Thursday, Aug 4, 1983; pg. 21; Issue 61602.
  9. ^ "Money list to decide team for Ryder Cup". The Times, Friday, September 17 1982; pg. 18; Issue 61340.
  10. ^ "Ample consolation for Way as he is beaten by Langer". The Times, Monday, September 19 1983; pg. 27; Issue 61641.
  11. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.

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