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The 26th Ryder Cup Matches were held 13–15 September 1985 at the Brabazon Course of The Belfry in Wishaw, Warwickshire, England. Team Europe won the competition for the first time by a score of 16½ to 11½ points. This marked the first U.S. loss since 1957, previously the sole U.S. loss in fifty years.

26th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates13–15 September 1985
VenueThe Belfry, Brabazon Course
LocationWishaw, Warwickshire, England
Captains
Europe 16½ 11½ United States
Europe wins the Ryder Cup
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The Belfry is located in England
The Belfry
The Belfry
Location in England

Europe took a two-point lead into the Sunday singles and increased their lead throughout Sunday. It fell to Sam Torrance to secure the winning margin when he holed a 22-foot (7 m) putt on the 18th hole to defeat Andy North 1 up and go up 14½ to 8½, a six-point margin with five matches on the course.[1][2]

This was the last Ryder Cup played in Europe that was not shown on live television in the United States.[3] The USA Network first televised it in 1989 on cable with video provided by the BBC.[4][5] NBC Sports took over live weekend coverage in 1991 in South Carolina,[6] and 1993 marked the first time a major U.S. network televised it live from Europe.

Contents

FormatEdit

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format in 1985 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

Nine of the European team were chosen from the 1985 European Tour money list at the conclusion of the Benson & Hedges International Open on 18 August with the remaining three team members being chosen immediately after the final event by the team captain, Tony Jacklin. Prior to the final event Christy O'Connor Jnr was in the 9th qualifying position. However he missed the cut in the Benson & Hedges International Open and was overtaken by José Maria Cañizares, O'Connor finishing just £115.89 behind Cañizares. Jacklin's choices of Nick Faldo and Ken Brown were widely expected but his choice of José Rivero was a surprise.[7]

  Team Europe
Name Age Points
rank
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
  Tony Jacklin 41 Non-playing captain
  Sandy Lyle 27 1 3 11 3–7–1 31.82
  Sam Torrance 32 2 2 9 1–5–3 27.78
  Ian Woosnam 27 3 1 3 0–2–1 16.67
  Bernhard Langer 28 4 2 9 5–3–1 61.11
  Paul Way 22 5 1 5 3–1–1 70.00
  Howard Clark 31 6 2 3 1–1–1 50.00
  Seve Ballesteros 28 7 2 10 3–5–2 40.00
  Manuel Piñero 33 8 1 4 2–2–0 50.00
  José Maria Cañizares 38 9 2 6 2–3–1 41.67
  José Rivero 29 0 Rookie
  Ken Brown 28 3 8 3–5–0 37.50
  Nick Faldo 28 4 15 11–4–0 73.33

Captains picks are shown in yellow.[8]

  Team USA
Name Age Points
rank
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Lee Trevino 45 Non-playing captain
Andy North 35 0 Rookie
Hubert Green 38 2 4 3–1–0 75.00
Curtis Strange 30 1 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
Lanny Wadkins 35 2 3 12 9–2–1 79.17
Raymond Floyd 43 3 5 19 5–11–3 34.21
Calvin Peete 42 4 1 4 2–1–1 62.50
Mark O'Meara 28 5 0 Rookie
Craig Stadler 32 6 1 3 2–1–0 66.67
Hal Sutton 27 7 0 Rookie
Peter Jacobsen 31 8 0 Rookie
Tom Kite 35 9 3 11 7–2–2 72.73
Fuzzy Zoeller 33 10 2 7 1–5–1 21.43

North qualified by virtue of winning the 1985 U.S. Open, while Green qualified by winning the 1985 PGA Championship.

Friday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

  Results  
Ballesteros/Piñero   2 & 1 Strange/O'Meara
Langer/Faldo   3 & 2 Peete/Kite
Lyle/Brown   4 & 3 Wadkins/Floyd
Clark/Torrance   3 & 2 Stadler/Sutton
1 Session 3
1 Overall 3

Afternoon four-ballEdit

  Results  
Way/Woosnam   1 up Zoeller/Green
Ballesteros/Piñero   2 & 1 North/Jacobsen
Langer/Cañizares halved Stadler/Sutton
Torrance/Clark   1 up Floyd/Wadkins
Session
Overall

Saturday's matchesEdit

Morning four-ballEdit

  Results  
Torrance/Clark   2 & 1 Kite/North
Way/Woosnam   4 & 3 Green/Zoeller
Ballesteros/Piñero   3 & 2 O'Meara/Wadkins
Langer/Lyle halved Stadler/Strange
Session
6 Overall 6

Afternoon foursomesEdit

  Results  
Cañizares/Rivero   7 & 5 Kite/Peete
Ballesteros/Piñero   5 & 4 Stadler/Sutton
Way/Woosnam   4 & 2 Strange/Jacobsen
Langer/Brown   3 & 2 Floyd/Wadkins
3 Session 1
9 Overall 7

Sunday's singles matchesEdit

Individual player recordsEdit

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

Source: [9]

EuropeEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Seve Ballesteros 3.5 3–1–1 0–0–1 2–0–0 1–1–0
Ken Brown 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
José Maria Cañizares 2.5 2–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–1
Howard Clark 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Nick Faldo 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
Bernhard Langer 3 2–1–2 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–2
Sandy Lyle 1.5 1–1–1 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–0–1
Manuel Piñero 4 4–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 1–1–0
José Rivero 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0
Sam Torrance 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Paul Way 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 2–0–0
Ian Woosnam 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Raymond Floyd 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–0–0
Hubert Green 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–2–0
Peter Jacobsen 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0
Tom Kite 1.5 1–2–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 0–1–0
Andy North 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–2–0
Mark O'Meara 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Calvin Peete 2 2–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
Craig Stadler 3 2–1–2 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–2
Curtis Strange 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–1
Hal Sutton 1.5 1–2–1 0–1–0 1–1–0 0–0–1
Lanny Wadkins 3 3–2–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 2–0–0
Fuzzy Zoeller 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–2–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McDermott, Barry (23 September 1985). "The Empire Strikes Back". Sports Illustrated. p. 44.
  2. ^ "North falls as US loses Ryder Cup". Milwaukee Sentinel. wire services. 16 September 1985. p. 6, part 2.
  3. ^ "Ryder Cup matches scheduled for TV". Palm Beach Daily News. 3 October 1985. p. 7.
  4. ^ "Ryder Cup will be televised". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 31 January 1989. p. 3C.
  5. ^ Modoono, Bill (21 September 1989). "Ryder Cup play creates fuzzy picture". Pittsburgh Press. p. C3.
  6. ^ Sandomir, Richard (26 September 1991). "U.S. losses put Ryder Cup golf back on network". Eugene Register-Guard. (New York Times). p. 8D.
  7. ^ "Jacklin's surprise choice". The Times, 19 August 1985; pg. 19; Issue 62220.
  8. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Ryder Cup captain's picks and how they've fared". About.com. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  9. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.

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