2014 Ryder Cup Profile: Des Smyth, Vice Captain


2014 Ryder Cup Profile: Des Smyth, Vice Captain

VICE CAPTAIN INFORMATION
Full Name: Desmond John Smyth
Age: 51
Hometown: Drogheda, Ireland
Birthplace: Drogheda, Ireland
Birthdate: December 2, 1953
Family: Wife: Vicki (m. 1981); Children: Karen (1982), Gregory (1984), Shane (1988)
Turned Professional: 1974

 

RYDER CUP EXPERIENCE
Years Played: 1979, 81, 2006 (Vice Captain) (winners), 2014 (Vice Captain)
Total Matches: 7
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 2-5-0
Singles (W-L-H): 0-2-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 1-2-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 1-1-0
Total Points Won: 2
Total Points Won Point %: 28.57

 

RYDER CUP RESULTS
1979: The Greenbrier
USA 17, Europe 11
Day 1 Foursomes: Smyth/Brown lost to Irwin/Kite (7 & 6)
Singles: Smyth lost to Irwin (5 & 3)
 
1981: Walton Heath
USA 18 1/2, Europe 9 1/2
Day 1 Foursomes: Smyth/Gallacher beat Irwin/Floyd (3 & 2)
Day 1 Fourballs: Smyth/Cañizares beat Rogers/Lietzke (6 & 5)
Day 2 Fourballs: Smyth/Cañizares lost to Nicklaus/Watson (3 & 2)
Day 2 Foursomes: Smyth/Gallacher lost to Kite/Nelson (3 & 2)
Singles: Smyth lost to Crenshaw (6 & 4)

 

EUROPEAN TOUR CAREER RECORD
Events played: 594
Top Ten finishes: 90
In Money: 412
Official Career Earnings € 2,554,241

 

PLAYER NOTES
* Was the oldest winner in European Tour history, between March 2001 and November 2012, when he won the 2001 Madeira Island Open, aged 48 years and 34 days.
* Alongside Mark McNulty was the only other player to win a European Tour event in each of the first four decades of the European Tour. (In all has won a professional event in each of the last five different decades).

 

CAREER VICTORIES
EUROPEAN TOUR INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE VICTORIES: Total 8
1979 Sun Alliance European Match Play Championship
1980 Newcastle Brown ’900’ Open, Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open (play-off)
1981 Coral Classic
1983 Sanyo Open
1988 BNP Jersey Open (play-off)
1993 Madrid Open
2001 Madeira Island Open
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR VICTORIES: Total 5
2005 Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship
2007 Wentworth Senior Masters
2010 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters
2011 Van Lanschot Senior Open
2012 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters
CHAMPIONS TOUR VICTORIES: Total 2
2005 SBC Classic, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
OTHER TOURNAMENT VICTORIES: Total 8
1979 Irish National PGA Championship, Irish Fourball Championship (with Jimmy Heggarty)
1985 Irish National PGA Championship
1986 Irish National PGA Championship
1990 Irish National PGA Championship
1995 Glen Dimplex Irish Match Play
1996 Irish National PGA Championship
2001 Irish National PGA Championship

 

TEAMS (PRO)
Ryder Cup 1979, 81, 2006 (Vice Captain) (winners), 2014 (Vice Captain)
Alfred Dunhill Cup 1985, 86, 87, 88 (winners), 2000
World Cup 1979, 80, 82, 88, 89
Hennessy Cognac Cup 1980 (winners), 82 (winners), 84
UBS Cup 2001
EURASIA CUP 2014 (Vice Captain)