The 1999 Ryder Cup was probably one of the more infamous matches. A controversial few days, won by the USA, but marred by alleged over-zealous celebrations from the home team aswell as criticism for James regarding his wild card picks. Six-time Major winner, Faldo was not one of them and all three of James’ picks only played once and all lost. However, James would not change a thing and his book Into the Bear Pit is a fascinating read about all that happened that year.
The Ryder Cup also highlighted a slight troublemaker in James, as he and Ken Brown were fined following the 1979 Ryder Cup at Greenbrier. Brown was also banned. James played in a total of seven Ryder Cups representing Great Britain and Ireland, aswell as the now European team.
James was the first player to win a Senior Major title, the Senior Players Championship in 2004, winning by a stroke from José Maria Cañizares.
With 'Jesse', a popular member of the tour, there is always a wry smile and a dry sense of humour, as demonstrated from the commentator’s booth. Similar to his good friend, Sam Torrance, there is a good story to tell and having been part of a golf tour for five decades, there is plenty to talk about.
|Ryder Cup Captain||1999|
|European Tour Wins||18|
|Highest World Ranking||25|
|PGA Champions Tour Majors||1|
|European Senior Tour Wins||2|
|PGA Champions Tour Wins||2|