August 16, 1989 |
The last two players named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team rank 52d and 66th on the PGA money list this year. Together, they've missed the cut in eight of 14 tournaments since May. Both 39, they're considered to be on the downsides of their careers. But Ray Floyd, the team captain, who announced their additions yesterday, feels there is no substitute for experience in the emotional international matches - especially on foreign soil. And that is why he chose Tom Watson and Lanny Wadkins to complete the team that will try to wrest the Ryder Cup away from Europe next month in England.
August 11, 1991 |
The Ryder Cup used to be a small, quiet garden party that gave the United States an excuse to beat up on a team of golf professionals from Britain every two years while American fans yawned. Now, however, the Ryder Cup, which has been in existence since 1927, has grown in stature to become the major international team golf competition. Golfers throughout Europe became eligible to join the British delegation in 1979, and the Europeans won the Ryder Cup in 1985 and retained it in 1987 and 1989.
August 12, 1991 |
When the PGA Championship began, 14 golfers still had a mathematical chance to qualify for the final four automatic berths on the 12-man U.S. Ryder Cup team. But in the jockeying for position at Crooked Stick Golf Club, only one spot wound up changing hands. Steve Pate, by virtue of getting into a five-way tie for sixth place (he shot 69 yesterday, for a 4-under-par total of 284), moved up one notch to edge out Tim Simpson, who missed the 36-hole cut, and claim the final position in the points standings, which have been accumulating since January 1990.
October 1, 2010 |
What: 38th Ryder Cup matches When: Today through Sunday Where: The Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, is the first golf course designed specifically for the Ryder Cup. The course combines nine new holes created by European Golf Design and nine renovated holes from the Wentwood Hills course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Water comes into play on half of the holes. It plays 7,378 yards at par 71. Format: Four matches of fourballs (better ball)
August 18, 1997 |
Jeff Maggert had the right idea. Though he knew he needed to finish eighth in the PGA Championship to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team, he drove all Ryder Cup thoughts out of his head yesterday and just played. Did he ever. He equaled the one-day-old competitive course record at Winged Foot Golf Club with a 5-under-par 65, jumped to third place in the final PGA standings, and earned a Ryder Cup berth for the second straight time. "It's been a tough week," Maggert said. "I was pretty mad at myself about the way I finished [Saturday]
October 1, 1991 |
The U.S. Ryder Cup team took the hardware, but the three days of golf matches played over the Ocean Course transcended winning and losing. Consider that U.S. team captain Dave Stockton worked more diligently than any of his predecessors in getting 12 millionaires to think together as a team. And he saw his selection of wild-card picks Raymond Floyd and Chip Beck justified. Paul Azinger and Fred Couples, the U.S. answer to fire and ice, showed rather definitively that they are the next legitimate superstars on the PGA tour.
September 25, 1989 |
The United States and Europe tied at 14-14 in the Ryder Cup matches yesterday, enabling Europe to retain the trophy and leaving both captains and both teams with feelings of relief. Each team had a chance to win outright at The Belfry. Four Americans lost matches at the final hole, where the golfers had to clear water on their tee shots and approach shots. However, after Jose-Maria Canizares of Spain secured at least a draw for the Europeans with a 1-up victory over Ken Green, the American side won the last four matches, with the victories by Mark McCumber, Tom Watson, Lanny Wadkins and Curtis Strange preventing Europe from winning the competition for the third straight time.
September 27, 1987 |
An outstanding performance by the team of Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam helped Europe expand its lead to five points over a struggling United States team yesterday going into the final round of the Ryder Cup Matches at Dublin, Ohio. The Europeans, seeking their first victory on American soil in the biennial matches that began in 1927, took their largest lead ever, 10 1/2-5 1/ 2, in the matches held at Muirfield Village Golf Club. They now need only four points from today's 12 singles matches, each worth one point, to make a successful defense of the Cup they won in 1985 in Britain.
September 29, 2012 |
MEDINAH, Ill. - The question used to come up every other year when the Americans began looking ahead to the Ryder Cup. "Who's their Peter Baker?" Europe always had at least one player the Americans didn't know anything about until losing to him. Baker played in only one Ryder Cup, going 3-1 in 1993 and winning a singles match against Corey Pavin, one of the toughest golfers to beat in match play. Those days are gone. As golf has expanded its borders, the Ryder Cup no longer has any mystery guests.
August 21, 2001 |
Curtis Strange had come to the point as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team that he dreaded - notifying those he had not selected for the final two slots on the team. He thought, however, that he would have a little fun with one of those he did pick, Paul Azinger, before announcing yesterday that Azinger and Scott Verplank would fill out the 12-man team that will compete against Europe next month. "When the [PGA Championship] tournament was over [Sunday], I knew exactly what I was going to do," Strange said yesterday during a news conference at the Atlanta Athletic Club.