The 1991 Ryder Cup was nicknamed “the War on the Shore” due the growing rivalry between the two teams and the challenging conditions present by the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
One player who weathered that challenge was England’s Paul Broadhurst. Playing in his first Ryder Cup, aged just 26, Broadhurst didn’t see action until Friday afternoon when he Ian Woosnam took down the in-form US pairing of Paul Azinger and Hale Irwin.
With confidence at his back and the Ryder Cup on the line, Broadhurst went out eighth in the singles matches against World Number 16 Mark O’Meara.
After a quick start, Broadhurst found himself two up after seven but short of the green at the tricky eighth hole. With the wind howling off the ocean and a green perched some five feet above his ball, the Englishman gripped his sand wedge and hit one of the shots of the day.
He would move three up with that birdie and go on to win the match 3&1, finishing his debut Ryder Cup with a perfect two-for-two record, despite the team losing.