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28th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates 22–24 September 1989
Venue The Belfry, Brabazon Course
Location Wishaw, Warwickshire, England
Captains
Europe 14 14 United States
Europe retains the Ryder Cup
← 1987
1991 →
The Belfry is located in England
The Belfry
The Belfry
Location in England

The 28th Ryder Cup Matches were held 22–24 September 1989 at The Belfry in Wishaw, Warwickshire, England, near Sutton Coldfield.

For only the second time, the competition ended in a draw at 14 points each, but the European team retained the Cup since they had won it outright in 1987.[1] Europe held a two-point lead, 9 to 7, entering the singles matches on Sunday, and the match which retained the Cup for Europe was the eighth, between José Maria Cañizares and Ken Green. Cañizares made a two-foot (0.6 m) putt on the 18th green to win 1 up and give Europe a 14–10 lead, with four matches remaining on the course.[2][3] The final four matches all resulted in U.S. wins and an overall draw.[1][4][5]

This was the first Ryder Cup played in Europe to be televised live in the United States. It was carried by the USA Network on cable, with video provided by the BBC.[6][7] The U.S. television coverage in 1985 was a highlight show on ESPN in early November, over a month after its completion.[8] NBC Sports took over live weekend coverage in 1991 in South Carolina,[9] 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 1989 was as follows:

  • 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, and 14 points were required for the defending champion to retain the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.

TeamsEdit

The selection process for the European team remained the same as used in 1985 and 1987, with nine players chosen from the 1989 European Tour money list at the conclusion of the German Open on 27 August and the remaining three team members being chosen immediately afterwards by the team captain, Tony Jacklin. Prior to the final event Philip Walton was in the 9th qualifying place with Cañizares in 10th. Cañizares finished joint fifth in the German Open and took the final qualifying place with Walton dropping to 11th place behind Bernhard Langer who finished in 10th. Jacklin's choices were Langer, Christy O'Connor Jnr and Howard Clark. 1988 Masters winner Sandy Lyle had previously told Jacklin that he did not wish to be considered for selection.[10]

  Team Europe
Name Age Points
rank
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
  Tony Jacklin 45 Non-playing captain
  Ronan Rafferty 25 1 26 0 Rookie
  Mark James 35 2 35 3 10 2–7–1 25.00
  José María Olazábal 23 3 9 1 5 3–2–0 60.00
  Nick Faldo 32 4 3 6 22 14–7–1 65.91
  Ian Woosnam 31 5 6 3 12 5–5–2 50.00
  Gordon Brand, Jnr 31 6 47 1 4 1–2–1 37.50
  Seve Ballesteros 32 7 2 4 20 10–7–3 57.50
  Sam Torrance 36 8 48 4 15 3–8–4 33.33
  José Maria Cañizares 42 9 59 3 9 4–3–2 55.56
  Bernhard Langer 32 10 18 4 19 10–5–4 63.16
  Christy O'Connor Jnr 41 12 71 1 2 0–2–0 0.00
  Howard Clark 35 64 4 9 4–4–1 50.00

Captains picks are shown in yellow. The world rankings and records are at the start of the 1989 Ryder Cup.

  Team USA
Name Age Points
rank
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Raymond Floyd 47 Non-playing captain
Mark Calcavecchia 29 1 5 1 2 1–1–0 50.00
Curtis Strange 34 2 4 3 12 5–6–1 45.83
Chip Beck 33 3 10 0 Rookie
Payne Stewart 32 4 7 1 4 2–2–0 50.00
Tom Kite 39 5 8 5 20 11–6–3 62.50
Paul Azinger 29 6 13 0 Rookie
Fred Couples 29 7 15 0 Rookie
Ken Green 31 8 24 0 Rookie
Mark O'Meara 32 9 22 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
Mark McCumber 38 10 17 0 Rookie
Tom Watson 40 19 3 12 9–3–0 75.00
Lanny Wadkins 39 28 5 21 13–7–1 64.29

Captains picks are shown in yellow.[11][12][13] The world rankings and records are at the start of the 1989 Ryder Cup.

Friday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

  Results  
Faldo/Woosnam halved Kite/Strange
Clark/James   1 up Wadkins/Stewart
Ballesteros/Olazábal halved Watson/Beck
Langer/Rafferty   2 & 1 Calcavecchia/Green
1 Session 3
1 Overall 3

Afternoon four-ballEdit

  Results  
Torrance/Brand   1 up Strange/Azinger
Clark/James   3 & 2 Couples/Wadkins
Faldo/Woosnam   2 up Calcavecchia/McCumber
Ballesteros/Olazábal   6 & 5 Watson/O'Meara
4 Session 0
5 Overall 3

Saturday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

  Results  
Woosnam/Faldo   3 & 2 Wadkins/Stewart
Brand/Torrance   4 & 3 Beck/Azinger
O'Connor/Rafferty   3 & 2 Calcavecchia/Green
Ballesteros/Olazábal   1 up Kite/Strange
2 Session 2
7 Overall 5

Afternoon four-ballEdit

  Results  
Faldo/Woosnam   2 & 1 Beck/Azinger
Langer/Cañizares   2 & 1 Kite/McCumber
Clark/James   1 up Stewart/Strange
Ballesteros/Olazábal   4 & 2 Calcavecchia/Green
2 Session 2
9 Overall 7

Sunday's singles matchesEdit

Individual player recordsEdit

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

Source: [14]

EuropeEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Seve Ballesteros 3.5 3–1–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 2–0–0
Gordon Brand, Jnr 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
José Maria Cañizares 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Howard Clark 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0
Nick Faldo 2.5 2–2–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 1–1–0
Mark James 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 2–0–0
Bernhard Langer 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Christy O'Connor Jnr 1 1–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–0–0
José María Olazábal 4.5 4–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–1 2–0–0
Ronan Rafferty 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 0–0–0
Sam Torrance 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Ian Woosnam 2.5 2–2–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 1–1–0

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Paul Azinger 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–1–0
Chip Beck 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–1 1–0–0
Mark Calcavecchia 2 2–3–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 0–2–0
Fred Couples 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Ken Green 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 0–1–0
Tom Kite 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–0 0–1–1 1–0–0
Mark McCumber 2 2–1–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–1–0
Mark O'Meara 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Payne Stewart 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 0–1–0
Curtis Strange 1.5 1–3–1 1–0–0 0–1–1 0–2–0
Lanny Wadkins 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–1–0
Tom Watson 1.5 1–1–1 1–0–0 0–0–1 0–1–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b White, Gordon S., Jr. (25 September 1989). "Europe retains Ryder Cup with tie". Eugene Register-Guard. (Los Angeles Times). p. 2B. 
  2. ^ Swift, E.M. (2 October 1989). "Fit To Be Tied". Sports Illustrated. p. 30. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ryder Cup history: 1989". BBC Sport. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (25 September 1989). "U.S. win lies in a watery grave; Ryder Cup ends in tie". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 19. 
  5. ^ "Americans let Cup slip away". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 25 September 1989. p. 7-part 2. 
  6. ^ "Ryder Cup will be televised". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 31 January 1989. p. 3C. 
  7. ^ Modoono, Bill (21 September 1989). "Ryder Cup play creates fuzzy picture". Pittsburgh Press. p. C3. 
  8. ^ "Ryder Cup matches scheduled for TV". Palm Beach Daily News. 3 October 1985. p. 7. 
  9. ^ Sandomir, Richard (26 September 1991). "U.S. losses put Ryder Cup golf back on network". Eugene Register-Guard. (New York Times). p. 8D. 
  10. ^ "Lyle turns down Ryder Cup place after loss of form". The Times, 28 August 1989; pg. 16; Issue 63484.
  11. ^ Green, Bob (16 August 1989). "Watson, Wadkins will join Ryder Cup effort". Ocala Star-Banner. Associated Press. p. 8C. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Ryder Cup team has two open spots". Argus-Press. Owosso, Michigan. Associated Press. 15 August 1989. p. 11. 
  13. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Ryder Cup captain's picks and how they've fared". About.com. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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