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1989 Ryder Cup

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Tony Jacklin 1989 Ryder Cup

Tony Jacklin hoists the Ryder Cup, which Team Europe retained with a tie. It was Jacklin's fourth and final time as European captain.

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Score: Europe 14, U.S. 14 (Europe retains the Cup)
Site: The Belfry Golf & Country Club (Brabazon Course), Sutton Coldfield, England
Captains: USA - Raymond Floyd; Europe - Tony Jacklin
Europe and USA halved the 1989 Ryder Cup match, just the second time in Ryder Cup history to this point that the match ended in a tie. (The first was at the 1969 Ryder Cup.) And since a tie goes to the holder of the Cup, the Cup remained with Team Europe (Europe had won the 1987 matches).

This marked Europe's third consecutive time winning or holding onto the Cup - a first in event history. This was also Tony Jacklin's fourth time captaining Team Europe. He managed two wins, one defeat and one halve in his four times as a Ryder Cup captain.

Europe built a 9-7 lead after the first two days, propelled by the "Spanish Armada" pairing of Seve Ballesteros-Jose Maria Olazabal. Ballesteros and Olazabal played all four sessions over the first two days, winning 3.5 of a possible 4 points.

Team USA nearly pulled off the comeback in singles, winning seven of the 12 matches. Tom Kite, playing first for the American side, trounced Howard Clark by an 8-and-7 score - the biggest win/worst defeat in Ryder Cup history for an 18-hole singles match to this point (later tied).

But Europe needed to win only five points from the singles session, and those points came in five straight singles victories in the middle of the session, wins by Mark James, Olazabal, Ronan Rafferty, Christy O'Connor Jr. and Jose Maria Canizares.

Team Members:

• USA - Paul Azinger, Chip Beck, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Couples, Ken Green, Tom Kite, Mark McCumber, Mark O'Meara, Payne Stewart, Curtis Strange, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Watson
• Europe - Seve Ballesteros, Gordon Brand Jr., Howard Clark, Nick Faldo, Mark James, Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Canizares, Christy O'Connor Jr., Jose Maria Olazabal, Ronan Rafferty, Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam

Day 1 Results:

Foursomes
• Nick Faldo/Ian Woosnam, Europe, halved with Tom Kite/Curtis Strange, U.S.
• Lanny Wadkins/Payne Stewart, U.S., def. Howard Clark/Mark James, 1-up
• Seve Ballesteros/Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe, halved with Tom Watson/Chip Beck, U.S.
• Mark Calcavecchia/Ken Green, U.S., def. Bernhard Langer/Ronan Rafferty, Europe, 2 and 1
Fourballs
• Sam Torrance/Gordon Brand Jr., Europe, def. Curtis Strange/Paul Azinger, U.S., 1-up
• Howard Clark/Mark James, Europe, def. Fred Couples/Lanny Wadkins, U.S., 3 and 2
• Nick Faldo/Ian Woosnam, Europe, def. Mark Calcavecchia/Mark McCumber, U.S., 2-up
• Seve Ballesteros/Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe, def. Tom Watson/Mark O'Meara, U.S., 6 and 5

Day 2 Results:

Foursomes
• Ian Woosnam/Nick Faldo, Europe, def. Lanny Wadkins/Payne Stewart, U.S., 3 and 2
• Chip Beck/Paul Azinger, U.S., def. Gordan Brand Jr./Sam Torrance, Europe, 4 and 3
• Mark Calcavecchia/Ken Green, U.S., def. Christy O'Connor Jr./Ronan Rafferty, Europe, 3 and 2
• Seve Ballesteros/Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe, def. Tom Kite/Curtis Strange, U.S., 1-up
Fourballs
• Chip Beck/Paul Azinger, U.S., def. Nick Faldo/Ian Woosnam, Europe, 2 and 1
• Tom Kite/Mark McCumber, U.S., def. Bernhard Langer/Jose Maria Canizares, Europe, 2 and 1
• Howard Clark/Mark James, Europe, def. Payne Stewart/Curtis Strange, U.S., 1-up
• Seve Ballesteros/Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe, def. Mark Calcavecchia/Ken Green, U.S., 4 and 2

Day 3 Results:

Singles
• Paul Azinger, U.S., def. Seve Ballesteros, Europe, 1-up
• Chip Beck, U.S., def. Bernhard Langer, Europe, 3 and 2
• Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe, def. Payne Stewart, U.S., 1-up
• Ronan Rafferty, Europe, def. Mark Calcavecchia, U.S., 1-up
• Tom Kite, U.S., def. Howard Clark, Europe, 8 and 7
• Mark James, Europe, def. Mark O'Meara, U.S., 3 and 2
• Christy O'Connor Jr., Europe, def. Fred Couples, U.S., 1-up
• Jose Maria Canizares, Europe, def. Ken Green, U.S., 1-up
• Mark McCumber, U.S., def. Gordon Brand Jr., Europe, 1-up
• Tom Watson, U.S., def. Sam Torrance, Europe, 3 and 1
• Lanny Wadkins, U.S., def. Nick Faldo, Europe, 1-up
• Curtis Strange, U.S., def. Ian Woosnam, Europe, 2-up

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

USA
Paul Azinger, 3-1-0
Chip Beck, 3-0-1
Mark Calcavecchia, 2-3-0
Fred Couples, 0-2-0
Ken Green, 2-2-0
Tom Kite, 2-1-1
Mark McCumber, 2-1-0
Mark O'Meara, 0-2-0
Payne Stewart, 1-3-0
Curtis Strange, 1-3-1
Lanny Wadkins, 2-2-0
Tom Watson, 1-1-1

Europe
Seve Ballesteros, 3-1-1
Gordon Brand Jr., 1-2-0
Howard Clark, 2-2-0
Nick Faldo, 2-2-1
Mark James, 3-1-0
Bernhard Langer, 0-3-0
Jose Maria Canizares, 1-0-1
Christy O'Connor Jr., 1-0-1
Jose Maria Olazabal, 4-0-1
Ronan Rafferty, 1-2-0
Sam Torrance, 1-2-0
Ian Woosnam, 2-2-1

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