Ian Woosnam

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Ian Woosnam

Ian Woosnam has been a Jersey resident for a number of years, although his house has been on the market for some five years and he is thought to be spending more time at his holiday home in the West Indies.

The greatest golfer Wales has ever produced, he was World Number 1 in 1991.

Woosnam placed third in the 1986 Open Championship. In 1991, he reached the top of the Official World Golf Rankings, eventually spending a total of 50 weeks as World Number 1. In the same year, he emulated his British rivals, Sandy Lyle and Nick Faldo, by winning the Masters Tournament; the first person representing Wales ever to win a major championship. He has won 28 official money events on the European Tour and many other events around the world.

In the late 1990s his form began to fade, but he nearly made a spectacular comeback at The Open Championship in 2001, when he finished third despite suffering a two-stroke penalty for starting the final round with 15 clubs in his bag instead of the allowable maximum of 14. That same year Woosnam became the first player to capture the World Match Play Championship in three different decades.

Woosnam was a member of eight consecutive European Ryder Cup teams from 1983 to 1997. Despite not winning a singles match he accumulated an excellent overall record of 14 wins, 12 losses and 5 halves in 31 matches. He was a vice captain for the 2002 European team and was elected as captain for the 2006 Ryder Cup, leading Europe to victory over the U.S. 18½–9½.

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