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1989 The Belfry Golf & Country Club, Sutton Coldfield, England

Captains: Raymond Floyd (US), Tony Jacklin (Europe)
EUROPE 14 - USA 14


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For only the second time in Ryder Cup history, the biennial matches were halved. Surrounding the excitement on the course was the support of the host site and sponsors. This Ryder Cup edition featured the largest tented village at any sport event in Great Britain -- 226 structures covering 350,000 gross square feet. Adding to the pre-Matches hype was U.S. Captain Raymond Floyd's introduction of his team at the gala ball as "the 12 greatest players in the world." Floyd's bold declaration failed to accomplish the same results as Ben Hogan's introduction of his team in 1967. Europe followed its winning pattern of two years earlier by taking the lead after two days. The 9-7 start was aided by Spain's dynamic duo of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal winning two matches and halving another. Europe's Christy O'Connor Jr., a Captain's selection, upset Fred Couples, 1-up and rookie Ronan Rafferty didn't score a point until the singles when he defeated reigning British Open champion Mark Calcavecchia, 1-up.

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Foursomes: Morning
N Faldo & I Woosnam (halved)½T Kite & C Strange (halved)½
H Clark & M James0L Wadkins & P Stewart (1 hole)1
S Ballesteros & J M Olazábal (halved)½T Watson & C Beck (halved)½
B Langer & R Rafferty0M Calcavecchia & K Green (2 & 1)1
Fourballs: Afternoon
S Torrance & G Brand Jr (1 hole)1C Strange & P Azinger0
H Clark & M James (3 & 2)1F Couples & L Wadkins0
N Faldo & I Woosnam (2 holes)1M Calcavecchia & M McCumber0
S Ballesteros & J M Olazábal (6 & 5)1T Watson & M O'Meara0
Foursomes: Morning
I Woosnam & N Faldo (3 & 2)1L Wadkins & P Stewart0
G Brand Jr & S Torrance0C Beck & P Azinger (4 & 3)1
C O'Connor Jr & R Rafferty0M Calcavecchia & K Green (3 & 2)1
S Ballesteros & J M Olazábal (1 hole)1T Kite & C Strange0
Fourballs: Afternoon
N Faldo & I Woosnam0C Beck & P Azinger (2 & 1)1
B Langer & J M Cañizares0T Kite & M McCumber (2 & 1)1
H Clark & M James (1 hole)1P Stewart & C Strange0
S Ballesteros & J M Olazábal (4 & 2)1M Calcavecchia & K Green0
S Ballesteros0P Azinger (1 hole)1
B Langer0C Beck (3 & 2)1
J M Olazábal (1 hole)1P Stewart0
R Rafferty (1 hole)1M Calcavecchia0
H Clark0T Kite (8 & 7)1
M James (3 & 2)1M O'Meara0
C O'Connor Jr (1 hole)1F Couples0
J M Ca.izares (1 hole)1K Green0
G Brand Jr0M McCumber (1 hole)1
S Torrance0T Watson (3 & 1)1
N Faldo0L Wadkins (1 hole)1
I Woosnam0C Strange (2 holes)1
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