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|Captains||Jack Nicklaus (USA)
Tony Jacklin (Europe)
|Europe retains the Ryder Cup|
The European team won the competition by a score of 15 to 13 points for the first time ever away from home. It was a historic victory for the European Team and probably the most historic victory of all time because it was the first time in the history of the Ryder Cup, after an unbeaten record spanning sixty years that the Americans who were captained by Jack Nicklaus on a course which he himself designed had lost on home soil.
Europe took a lead of 5 points into the Sunday singles but the U.S. fought back strongly to narrow the deficit. Eamonn Darcy, who previously had a very poor Ryder Cup record, managed to defeat Ben Crenshaw by 1 hole to get Europe to 13 points. Crenshaw had earlier broken his putter in a moment of frustration and had been putting with his 1 iron for the rest of their match. Bernhard Langer subsequently halved his match with Larry Nelson and when Seve Ballesteros defeated Curtis Strange 2 & 1 it ensured a European victory.
The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format in 1987 adjusted slightly from the previous three events, with the order of play on the second day swapped:
- 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. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
Captain: Jack Nicklaus
Captain: Tony Jacklin
|Torrance/Clark||4 & 2||Strange/Kite|
|Brown/Langer||2 & 1||Sutton/Pohl|
|Brand/Rivero||3 & 2||Crenshaw/Simpson|
|Faldo/Woosnam||2 & 1||Sutton/Pohl|
|Ballesteros/Olazábal||2 & 1||Strange/Kite|
|Rivero/Brand||3 & 1||Strange/Kite|
|Lyle/Langer||2 & 1||Wadkins/Nelson|
|Faldo/Woosnam||5 & 4||Strange/Kite|
|Darcy/Brand||3 & 2||Bean/Stewart|
|Ballesteros/Olazábal||2 & 1||Sutton/Mize|
Sunday's singles matches
|Ian Woosnam||1 hole||Andy Bean|
|Howard Clark||1 hole||Dan Pohl|
|Sam Torrance||halved||Larry Mize|
|Nick Faldo||1 hole||Mark Calcavecchia|
|José María Olazábal||2 holes||Payne Stewart|
|José Rivero||2 & 1||Scott Simpson|
|Sandy Lyle||3 & 2||Tom Kite|
|Eamonn Darcy||1 hole||Ben Crenshaw|
|Bernhard Langer||halved||Larry Nelson|
|Seve Ballesteros||2 & 1||Curtis Strange|
|Ken Brown||3 & 2||Lanny Wadkins|
|Gordon Brand, Jnr||halved||Hal Sutton|
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