1997 Ryder Cup

1997 Ryder Cup

32nd Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   26–28 September 1997
Venue   Valderrama Golf Club
Location   Sotogrande, Spain
Captains   Seve Ballesteros (Europe)
Tom Kite (USA)
  14½    13½  
Europe wins the Ryder Cup

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Valderrama
Golf Club
Location in Spain

The 32nd Ryder Cup Matches were held at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain, marking the first time the event was contested in continental Europe. The European team won the competition by a margin of 14½ to 13½ and retained the Ryder Cup.

The Europeans held a 10½–5½ lead heading into the final day, but the Americans mounted a comeback by winning the singles matches 8–4 but fell just short. Colin Montgomerie halved the final match with Scott Hoch (conceding a 15-foot (4.6 m) par putt on the final hole) to seal the outright victory for the Europeans.

This was the first of five consecutive victories at home by Europe, a streak that remains intact through 2014.

Format

The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format used in 1997 was as follows:

  • Day 1 (Friday) — 4 fourball (better ball) matches in a morning session and 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in an afternoon session
  • Day 2 (Saturday) — 4 fourball matches in a morning session and 4 foursome 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.

Teams

The selection process for the European team remained largely unchanged from that used in 1995 with two captain's picks. If captain Ballesteros qualified automatically, he had the choice of standing down and selecting a third player.[1] The qualifying period remained the same, starting with the Canon European Masters in Switzerland at the beginning of September 1996 and ending with the BMW International Open on 31 August, the remaining two team members being chosen soon afterwards by the team captain. Prior to the final event Miguel Ángel Martín was in 10th place in the points list. He had, however, not played since the The Open Championship because of a wrist injury. In the final event both José María Olazábal and Pádraig Harrington had chances to overtake Martin but neither succeeded. Olazábal finished 11th in the final points list with Harrington 12th. Because of uncertainty about Martin's fitness, the announcement of the two captain's picks, which was to have been immediately after the BMW International Open, was cancelled.[2] On the Tuesday Martin was given an ultimatum that he was required to play 18 holes the following day to demonstrate that he would be fit to play in the Ryder Cup. Martin refused and was replaced by Olazábal, who had finished in the next qualifying place.[3] Ballesteros announced his wildcards on the Thursday, choosing Nick Faldo and Jesper Parnevik.[4] Miguel Ángel Martín had a world ranking of 79 at the time of the Ryder Cup.

 Team Europe
Name Age Points
rank
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Seve Ballesteros 40 Non-playing captain
Colin Montgomerie 34 1 5 3 13 6–5–2 53.85
Darren Clarke 29 2 33 0 Rookie
Bernhard Langer 40 3 20 8 34 15–14–5 51.47
Ian Woosnam 39 4 25 7 29 13–11–5 53.45
Per-Ulrik Johansson 30 5 42 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
Lee Westwood 24 6 32 0 Rookie
Ignacio Garrido 25 7 78 0 Rookie
Thomas Bjørn 26 8 73 0 Rookie
Costantino Rocca 40 9 43 2 7 3–4–0 42.86
José María Olazábal 31 11 57 4 20 12–6–2 65.00
Nick Faldo 40 27 15 10 41 21–16–4 56.10
Jesper Parnevik 32 18 0 Rookie

Captains picks are shown in yellow; the world rankings and records are at the start of the 1997 Ryder Cup.

 Team USA
Name Age Points
rank
World
ranking
Previous
Ryder Cups
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Tom Kite 47 Non-playing captain
Tiger Woods 21 1 2 0 Rookie
Justin Leonard 25 2 11 0 Rookie
Tom Lehman 38 3 6 1 3 2–1–0 66.67
Davis Love III 33 4 10 2 9 5–4–0 55.56
Jim Furyk 27 5 21 0 Rookie
Phil Mickelson 27 6 8 1 3 3–0–0 100.00
Jeff Maggert 33 7 28 1 4 2–2–0 50.00
Mark O'Meara 40 8 9 3 8 2–5–1 31.25
Scott Hoch 41 9 13 0 Rookie
Brad Faxon 36 10 16 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
Lee Janzen 33 15 39 1 2 0–2–0 0.00
Fred Couples 37 17 12 4 16 5–7–4 43.75

Captains picks are shown in yellow;[5] the world rankings and records are at the start of the 1997 Ryder Cup.

Friday's matches

Morning four-ball

Results
Olazábal/Rocca 1 up Love III/Mickelson
Faldo/Westwood 1 up Couples/Faxon
Parnevik/Johansson 1 up Lehman/Furyk
Montgomerie/Langer 3 & 2 Woods/O'Meara
2 Session 2
2 Overall 2

Afternoon foursomes

Results
Rocca/Olazábal 1 up Hoch/Janzen
Langer/Montgomerie 5 & 3 O'Meara/Woods
Faldo/Westwood 3 & 2 Leonard/Maggert
Parnevik/Garrido halved Lehman/Mickelson
Session
Overall

Saturday's matches

Morning four-ball

Results
Montgomerie/Clarke 1 up Couples/Love III
Woosnam/Bjørn 2 & 1 Leonard/Faxon
Faldo/Westwood 2 & 1 Woods/O'Meara
Olazábal/Garrido halved Mickelson/Lehman
Session ½
8 Overall 4

Afternoon foursomes

Results
Montgomerie/Langer 1 up Janzen/Furyk
Faldo/Westwood 2 & 1 Hoch/Maggert
Parnevik/Garrido halved Leonard/Woods
Olazábal/Rocca 5 & 4 Love III/Couples
Session
10½ Overall

Sunday's singles matches

Results
Ian Woosnam 8 & 7 Fred Couples
Per-Ulrik Johansson 3 & 2 Davis Love III
Costantino Rocca 4 & 2 Tiger Woods
Thomas Bjørn halved Justin Leonard
Darren Clarke 2 & 1 Phil Mickelson
Jesper Parnevik 5 & 4 Mark O'Meara
José María Olazábal 1 up Lee Janzen
Bernhard Langer 2 & 1 Brad Faxon
Lee Westwood 3 & 2 Jeff Maggert
Colin Montgomerie halved Scott Hoch
Nick Faldo 3 & 2 Jim Furyk
Ignacio Garrido 7 & 6 Tom Lehman
4 Session 8
14½ Overall 13½

Individual player records

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

Source: [6]

Europe

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Thomas Bjørn 1.5 1–0–1 0–0–1 0–0–0 1–0–0
Darren Clarke 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
Nick Faldo 2 2–3–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Ignacio Garrido 1.5 0–1–3 0–1–0 0–0–2 0–0–1
Per-Ulrik Johansson 2 2–0–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
Bernhard Langer 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–1–0
Colin Montgomerie 3.5 3–1–1 0–0–1 2–0–0 1–1–0
José María Olazábal 2.5 2–2–1 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–0–1
Jesper Parnevik 2 1–1–2 0–1–0 0–0–2 1–0–0
Costantino Rocca 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 1–0–0
Lee Westwood 2 2–3–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–1–0
Ian Woosnam 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 1–0–0

United States

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Fred Couples 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Brad Faxon 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 1–1–0
Jim Furyk 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Scott Hoch 2.5 2–0–1 0–0–1 2–0–0 0–0–0
Lee Janzen 2 2–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
Tom Lehman 2 1–1–2 1–0–0 0–0–1 0–1–1
Justin Leonard 1 0–2–2 0–0–1 0–1–1 0–1–0
Davis Love III 0 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Jeff Maggert 2 2–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–0–0
Phil Mickelson 2 1–1–2 1–0–0 0–0–1 0–1–1
Mark O'Meara 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Tiger Woods 1.5 1–3–1 0–1–0 0–1–1 1–1–0

[7]

References

  1. ^ "Ballesteros at home in captain's role". The Times, February 23, 1996; pg. 40; Issue 65510.
  2. ^ "Ballesteros is forced to play waiting game". The Times, September 1, 1997; pg. 56; Issue 65983.
  3. ^ "Europe rule out Martin". The Times, September 3, 1997; pg. 48; Issue 65985.
  4. ^ "Ryder Cup call goes to Faldo and Parnevik". The Times, September 5, 1997; pg. 44; Issue 65987.
  5. ^ Sirak, Ron (August 20, 1997). "Kite should have picked himself for Ryder Cup". Lodi News-Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 19. 
  6. ^ "2014 Ryder Cup Media and Players' Guide". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://2014rcmediaguide.com/2014RyderCupMediaGuide/issue1/page140.htm
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