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1989 Ryder Cup

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1989 Ryder Cup

28th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates 22–24 September 1989
Venue The Belfry
Location Wishaw, Warwickshire, England
Captains Tony Jacklin (Europe)
Raymond Floyd (USA)
Europe  14   14  United States
Europe retains the Ryder Cup

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]


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.


Friday's matches

Morning foursomes

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

Afternoon four-ball

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

Saturday's matches

Morning foursomes

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

Afternoon four-ball

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

Sunday's singles matches

Europe Results United States
Seve Ballesteros United States 1 up Paul Azinger
Bernhard Langer United States 3 & 2 Chip Beck
José María Olazábal Europe 1 up Payne Stewart
Ronan Rafferty Europe 1 up Mark Calcavecchia
Howard Clark United States 8 & 7 Tom Kite
Mark James Europe 3 & 2 Mark O'Meara
Christy O'Connor Jnr Europe 1 up Fred Couples
José Maria Cañizares Europe 1 up Ken Green
Gordon Brand, Jnr United States 1 up Mark McCumber
Sam Torrance United States 3 & 1 Tom Watson
Nick Faldo United States 1 up Lanny Wadkins
Ian Woosnam United States 2 up Curtis Strange
5 Session 7
14 Overall 14


External links

  • PGA of America: 1989 Ryder Cup
  • 1989 Ryder Cup

Coordinates: 52°33′18″N 1°44′02″W / 52.555°N 1.734°W / 52.555; -1.734

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