Ian Woosnam OBE
Since his first tournament victory in the 1982 Swiss Open, Ian Woosnam has become one of the most exciting and most successful golfers in the world. He finished in the top twelve of the European Order of Merit for twelve successive years. During that period, he has twice finished in the number one position of the European Order of Merit (1987 & 1990).
In 1987 he won 8 events around the world: the Hong Kong Open, the World Cup individual prize, the Sun City Million Dollar Challenge and five victories in Europe.
Awarded the 2006 European Ryder Cup Captaincy, Woosie led his European Team to a record equalling 18 – 9 victory over their American counterparts at the K-Club, Ireland. This was also the first time in Ryder Cup history that the European Team won all five sessions. Woosnam received the OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of the feat.
Now on the Seniors Tour, Ian plays regularly in Europe, the US and Asia and has developed very strong ties and a large following in each of these major markets. However, his greatest following is in the UK where he is undoubtedly one of the country’s most popular golfers.
Ian Woosnam will always be a contender because he always believes he can win. It is this attitude together with his down to earth personality that attracts him to people and has him nicknamed ‘The People’s Champion’. He is one ofBritain’s leading golfing ambassadors, an MBE and an honorary Member of the European tour.