Ryder Cup 1991 At Kiawah Island

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By Golf Histories

The 29th Ryder Cup Matches were held September 27–29, 1991, on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, southwest of Charleston.

For three days, the European and U.S. Ryder Cup Teams waged a memorable duel on the shores of South Carolina. After 28 matches and numerous lead changes, the moment to decide which team would secure the Ryder Cup trophy came down to a six-foot putt.

Germany’s Bernhard Langer and America’s Hale Irwin approached the final green realizing the importance of their match.

Irwin’s approach to the green flew wide right and hit a spectator. He then chipped poorly and putted to within a foot of the hole.

Langer conceded Irwin’s bogey putt and followed by hitting his 45-foot birdie putt six-feet past the hole. Langer then struck his par putt that just missed the cup.

The match was halved and America reclaimed the Ryder Cup that it had surrendered in 1985.

Spain’s Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal continued their brilliant pairing of the past with three victories and one halve. Fred Couples and Lanny Wadkins led the U.S. with 3-1 records.