Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland

Captain Ian Woosnam

Ian Woosnam celebrated his 47th birthday on March 2, 2005, by becoming the Captain of The European Team for The 36th Ryder Cup at The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, in Ireland from September 22-24, 2006.

For Woosnam it is another glittering accolade in a career crammed with supreme achievement. He has won 44 tournaments worldwide with the highlight being his victory in the Masters Tournament at Augusta National in 1991.

Ian WoosnamWoosnam began the year of 1991 with a round with friends at Oswestry Golf Club. He shot 57! Then he set himself three goals - to win in the United States, to win a Major Championship and to be Number One in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The rest, of course, is history. Woosnam, who had finished Number One on The European Tour Order of Merit in 1990 for the second time in four seasons, followed a win in the Mediterranean Open by capturing the USF&G Classic in New Orleans. Three weeks later he was being helped into the coveted Green Jacket by Nick Faldo after holing an eight foot winning putt on the last green at Augusta.

Moreover, his glorious triumph elevated him to Number One in the world where he would remain throughout 1991 when he also won the Monte Carlo Open in addition to the individual title in the World Cup of Golf - an event he won for Wales with David Llewellyn in 1987 - and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Woosnam said: "When I was a ten year old at Llanmynech I dreamed of having a putt to win the Masters. I lived for that moment, that one moment in time. It was very, very special."

Woosnam was born in Oswestry and moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands in 1993, where he lives with his wife, Glendryth, whom he married in 1983, and their children, Daniel, Rebecca, and Ami. The son of Joan and Harold, a farmer, Woosnam grew up at St Martin's, where Shropshire borders Wales, and first played with a sawn-off set of clubs at Llanmynech. He turned professional in 1976 and made three visits to the Qualifying School before establishing himself on The European Tour on which he gained the first of his 29 victories in the Swiss Open in 1982.

Woosie, as he has always affectionately been known, stands 5 feet 4_ inches tall, but he has always been one of the longest hitters with a simple, unaffected swing on top of arms that could have been borrowed from Popeye. He has always put his arm strength down to the long hours he used to work on his Dad's farm. Driving a tractor as a kid, and hauling bales of hay around as a teenager did more than merely fine-tune this man. It turned him into a powerhouse. In Europe to begin with and then the world.

Now he becomes the 20th golfer to Captain a Ryder Cup Team against the United States and the third Welshman by following in the footsteps of Dai Rees and Brian Huggett. He has played in eight Ryder Cups, enjoying the winning feeling on four occasions and in 1993 he became the first and so far only European Ryder Cup player to claim the maximum four points from the two foursomes and two fourball matches. He partnered Bernhard Langer, whom he has succeeded as the European Ryder Cup Captain, in the foursomes, and Peter Baker, whom he has named as Vice Captain along with Des Smyth, in the fourballs.

Woosnam said: "I've enjoyed the thrill of playing under three superb Ryder Cup Captains in Tony Jacklin, Bernard Gallacher and Seve Ballesteros and, of course, I was Assistant Captain to Sam Torrance in 2002. So, after being involved in no fewer than nine matches from 1983, I can't say how much I missed not being involved in 2004. Now, however, it is all systems go for 2006. The qualifying process for the European Team has started, Glen and I are involved in Ryder Cup business on a day-to-day basis and we all cannot wait to get to The K Club and feel that very special atmosphere that we know will be in the air in Ireland."

Full Name: Ian Harold Woosnam MBE
Residence: Wales
Birthdate: 2.3.58, Oswestry, England
Height/Weight: 5ft 4in / 12st (165cm 76kgs)
Family: Wife: Glendryth (m. 1983); Children: Daniel (1985), Rebecca (1988), Ami (1991)
Interests: Fishing, snooker, sports
Turned Professional: 1976

Ryder Cup History

Appearances: 1983, 85 (winners), 87, 91, 93, 95 (winners), 97 (winners)

RECORD Played Won Lost Halved
Overall 31 14 12 5 Total points: 16
Singles 8 0 6 2
Foursomes 9 4 3 2
Fourballs 14 10 3 1

Ryder Cup Playing Record

Day 1 Fourballs Woosnam/Torrance halved Crenshaw/Peete (halved)
Day 2 Fourballs Woosnam/Torrance lost to Watson/Gilder (5 and 4)
Final Day Singles Woosnam lost to Stadler (3 and 2)
Day 1 Fourballs Woosnam/Way beat Zoeller/Green (1 hole)
Day 2 Fourballs Woosnam/Way beat Green/Zoeller (4 and 3)
Day 2 Foursomes Woosnam/Way lost to Strange/Jacobsen (4 and 2)
Final Day Singles Woosnam lost to Stadler (2 and 1)
Day 1 Foursomes Woosnam/Faldo beat Wadkins/Nelson (2 holes)
Day 1 Fourballs Woosnam/Faldo beat Sutton/Pohl (2 and 1)
Day 2 Foursomes Woosnam/Faldo halved Sutton/Mize (halved)
Day 2 Fourballs Woosnam/Faldo beat Strange/Kite (5 and 4)
Final Day Singles Woosnam lost to Bean (1 hole)
Day 1 Foursomes Woosnam/Faldo halved Kite/Strange (halved)
Day 1 Fourballs Woosnam/Faldo beat Calcavecchia/McCumber (2 holes)
Day 2 Foursomes Woosnam/Faldo beat Wadkins/Stewart (3 and 2)
Day 2 Fourballs Woosnam/Faldo lost to Beck/Azinger (2 and 1)
Final Day Singles Woosnam lost to Strange (2 holes)
Day 1 Foursomes Woosnam/Faldo lost to Stewart/Calcavecchia (1 hole)
Day 1 Fourballs Woosnam/Faldo lost to Floyd/Couples (5 and 3)
Day 2 Fourballs Woosnam/Broadhurst beat Azinger/Irwin (2 and 1)
Final Day Singles Woosnam lost to Beck ( 3 and 1)
Day 1 Foursomes Woosnam/Langer beat Azinger/Stewart (7 and 5)
Day 1 Fourballs Woosnam/Baker beat Gallagher Jnr/Janzen (1 hole)
Day 2 Foursomes Woosnam/Langer beat Couples/Azinger (2 and 1)
Day 2 Fourballs Woosnam/Baker beat Couples/Azinger (6 and 5)
Final Day Singles Woosnam halved Couples (halved)
Day 2 Foursomes Woosnam/Walton lost to Roberts/Jacobsen (1 hole)
Day 2 Fourballs Woosnam/Rocca beat Love III/Crenshaw (3 and 2)
Final Day Singles Woosnam halved Couples (halved)
Day 2 Fourballs Woosnam/Björn beat Leonard/Faxon (2 and 1)
Final Day Singles Woosnam lost to Couples (8 and 7)
1982 Ebel Swiss Open (play-off)
1983 Silk Cut Masters
1984 Scandanavian Enterprise Open
1986 Lawrence Batley TPC
1987 Jersey Open
Cepsa Madrid Open
Bell's Scottish Open
Trophée Lancôme
1988 Volvo PGA Championship
Carrolls Irish Open
Panasonic European Open
1989 Carrolls Irish Open (play-off)
1990 Amex Mediterranean Open
Torras Monte Carlo Open
Bell's Scottish Open
Epson Grand Prix
1991 Fujitsu Mediterranean Open
Masters Tournament
Torras Monte Carlo Open
1992 The European Monte Carlo Golf Open
1993 Murphy's English Open
Trophée Lancôme
1994 Air Frances Cannes Open
Dunhill British Masters
1996 Johnnie Walker Classic (play-off)
Heineken Classic
The Scottish Open
Volvo German Open
1997 Volvo PGA Championship
1982 Cacharel Under 25 Championship
1987 Suntory World Match Play Championship
World Cup of Golf (Individual)
1990 Suntory World Match Play Championship
1991 World Cup of Golf (Individual)
2001 Cisco World Match Play Championship
1991 USF&G Classic (USA)
1979 News of the World Under-23 Match Play Championship
1985 Zambian Open
1986 '555' Kenya Open
1987 Hong Kong Open
Million Dollar Challenge (Sun City)
1988 Welsh Professional Championship
1991 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Hawaii)
1997 Hyundai Motor Masters (Kor)

Teams and Awards

Ryder Cup 1983, 85 (winners), 87 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 95 (winners), 97 (winners)
Alfred Dunhill Cup 1985, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 95, 2000
World Cup 1980, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, (individual and team winner), 90, 91 (individual winner), 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, 98, 2000, 02, 03
4 Tours World Championship 1985, 86, 87, 89, 90
Hennessy Cognac Cup 1982 (winners), 84
The Seve Trophy 2000, 02 (winners)
UBS Cup 2001, 02, 03, 04
1987 Harry Vardon Trophy
European Golfer of the Year
1990 Harry Vardon Trophy
1992 Honorary Member of the European Tour
2001 Braid Taylor Memorial

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