Ian Harold Woosnam OBE is a Welsh professional golfer. Woosnam turned professional in 1976 and first played the European Tour in 1979. In 1991, he reached the top of the Official World Golf Ranking, 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 to ever win a major championship. 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. at the K Club, County Kildare, Ireland.