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1983 Ryder Cup


Tony Jacklin, Jack Nicklaus and the Ryder Cup

Tony Jacklin (left) and Jack Nicklaus faced each other as captains a couple times. The 1983 Ryder Cup was the first time.

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Score: USA 14.5, Europe 13.5
Site: PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Captains: Europe - Tony Jacklin; USA - Jack Nicklaus
The 1983 Ryder Cup came down to the final two matches on the course. The teams split the foursomes and fourballs over the first two days, and were tied 8-8 heading into the singles.

And they were still tied with 10 singles matches complete - 13 points each - leaving only the Lanny Wadkins vs. Jose Maria Canizares game and Tom Watson vs. Bernard Gallacher game still on the course.

Europe's Canizares was 1-up on Wadkins with one hole to play, but Wadkins won the 18th to halve the match. And Watson closed out Gallacher 2 and 1 to produce the final 14.5 to 13.5 outcome in favor of Team USA. (Gallacher played in the very first match of the competition - partnering Sandy Lyle in a 5-and-4 loss to Watson and Ben Crenshaw - and then didn't play again until the final match of the competition.)

Watson led the Americans with a 4-1-0 record, while Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer were each 4-1-0 for Europe.

The captains at the 1983 Ryder Cup were Jack Nicklaus for USA and Tony Jacklin for Europe. They had their own significant Ryder Cup history. The 1969 Ryder Cup came down to the final match on the course, too, and it was Nicklaus vs. Jacklin. That's the match in which Nicklaus, after holing his putt on the 18th green, picked up Jacklin's marker, conceding a short putt to Jacklin and halving both the Nicklaus-Jacklin game and that Ryder Cup as a whole.

The 1983 Ryder Cup was the first of four straight Jacklin captained the Europeans, and this is the only one of the four Jacklin's team lost. Four years later, at the 1987 Ryder Cup, Jacklin and Nicklaus captained the two sides again, and that time Jacklin got the better of it, beating Nicklaus' side for Europe's first-ever win on U.S. soil.

Team Rosters:

• Europe - Seve Ballesteros, Gordon Brand Sr., Ken Brown, Nick Faldo, Bernard Gallacher, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Canizares, Sam Torrance, Brian Waites, Paul Way, Ian Woosnam
• USA - Ben Crenshaw, Raymond Floyd, Bob Gilder, Jay Haas, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan, Calvin Peete, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller

Day 1 Results:

• Tom Watson/Ben Crenshaw, U.S., def. Bernard Gallacher/Sandy Lyle, Europe, 5 and 4
• Nick Faldo/Bernhard Langer, Europe, def. Lanny Wadkins/Craig Stadler, U.S., 4 and 2
• Jose Maria Canizares/Sam Torrance, Europe, def. Raymond Floyd/Bob Gilder, U.S., 4 and 3
• Tom Kite/Calvin Peete, U.S., def. Seve Ballesteros/Paul Way, Europe, 2 and 1
• Brian Waites/Ken Brown, Europe, def. Gil Morgan/Fuzzy Zoeller, U.S., 2 and 1
• Tom Watson/Jay Haas, U.S., def. Nick Faldo/Bernhard Langer, Europe, 2 and 1
• Seve Ballesteros/Paul Way, Europe, def. Raymond Floyd/Curtis Strange, U.S., 1-up
• Sam Torrance/Ian Woosnam, Europe, halved with Ben Crenshaw/Calvin Peete, U.S.

Day 2 Results:

• Lanny Wadkins/Craig Stadler, U.S., def. Brian Waites/Ken Brown, Europe, 1-up
• Nick Faldo/Bernhard Langer, Europe, def. Ben Crenshaw/Calvin Peete, U.S., 4 and 2
• Gil Morgan/Jay Haas, U.S., halved with Seve Ballesteros/Paul Way, Europe
• Tom Watson/Bob Gilder, U.S., def. Sam Torrance/Ian Woosnam, Europe, 5 and 4
• Nick Faldo/Bernhard Langer, Europe, def. Tom Kite/Raymond Floyd, U.S., 3 and 2
• Gil Morgan/Lanny Wadkins, U.S, def. Sam Torrance/Jose Maria Canizares, Europe, 7 and 5
• Seve Ballesteros/Paul Way, Europe, def. Tom Watson/Bob Gilder, Europe, 2 and 1
• Jay Haas/Curtis Strange, U.S., def. Brian Waites/Ken Brown, Europe, 3 and 2

Day 3 Results:

• Seve Ballesteros, Europe, halved with Fuzzy Zoeller, U.S.
• Nick Faldo, Europe, def. Jay Haas, U.S., 2 and 1
• Bernhard Langer, Europe, def. Gil Morgan, U.S., 2-up
• Bob Gilder, U.S., def. Gordan J. Brand, Europe, 2-up
• Ben Crenshaw, U.S., def. Sandy Lyle, Europe, 3 and 1
• Calvin Peete, U.S., def. Brian Waites, Europe, 1-up
• Paul Way, Europe, def. Curtis Strange, U.S., 2 and 1
• Tom Kite, U.S., halved with Sam Torrance, Europe
• Craig Stadler, U.S., def. Ian Woosnam, Europe, 3 and 2
• Jose Maria Canizares, Europe, halved with Lanny Wadkins, U.S.
• Ken Brown, Europe, def. Raymond Floyd, U.S., 4 and 3
• Tom Watson, U.S., def. Bernard Gallacher, Europe, 2 and 1

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

Seve Ballesteros, 2-1-2
Gordon Brand Sr., 0-1-0
Ken Brown, 2-2-0
Nick Faldo, 4-1-0
Bernard Gallacher, 0-2-0
Bernhard Langer, 4-1-0
Sandy Lyle, 0-2-0
Jose Maria Canizares, 1-1-1
Sam Torrance, 1-2-2
Brian Waites, 1-3-0
Paul Way, 3-1-1
Ian Woosnam, 0-2-1

Ben Crenshaw, 2-1-1
Raymond Floyd, 0-4-0
Bob Gilder, 2-2-0
Jay Haas, 2-1-1
Tom Kite, 1-1-1
Gil Morgan, 1-2-1
Calvin Peete, 2-1-1
Craig Stadler, 2-1-0
Curtis Strange, 1-2-0
Lanny Wadkins, 2-1-1
Tom Watson, 4-1-0
Fuzzy Zoeller, 0-1-1

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