As much as anything else, Seve Ballesteros is celebrated as the man who rescued the Ryder Cup.
It was his stellar play and cut-throat competitiveness that led Europe to multiple victories beginning in 1985 in an event that squads from Great Britain and Ireland had only managed to win three times over the previous 56 years. Ballesteros truly believed that he could beat whatever player the Americans pitted against him. And his cocky confidence led many of his teammates – Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and José María Olazábal, among them – to feel the same way. Together, they transformed a match that had become borderline boring into one of the most compelling affairs in sports.
Robert A. Hudson
Significant as Seve may have been to the Ryder Cup, however, he was not its first savior. Some three decades earlier, a wholesale grocer from Portland, Oregon, named Robert A. Hudson delivered the biennial match from near-death when he financed and also chaired the 1947 edition, ensuring that it was played after a 10-year hiatus due to ...
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