ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING BY THE LATE HOEUN CHUNG TITLED ” THE CONCESSION” – FRAMED 37″ X 47″
The 25th Ryder Cup Matches were held October 14–16, 1983 at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The United States team won the competition by a score of 14½ to 13½ points, the closest Ryder Cup since the tie in 1969. In their third competition with players from the continent, Europe showed the ability to realistically challenge the Americans.This was the first of four occasions that Tony Jacklin was the European captain and the sole occasion that his side lost.
Entering the singles matches on Sunday, the competition was even at 8 points each. Jacklin put his best players out early, while U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus saved his for last. In the first match, Seve Ballesteroswas 3 up at the turn but needed an outstanding 3-wood from a fairway bunker on the final hole to salvage par and force a half with Fuzzy Zoeller.With ten matches complete and the score at 13 points each, the outcome depended on the two singles matches remaining on the course, between José Maria Cañizares and Lanny Wadkins and Bernard Gallacher and Tom Watson. The U.S. victory is generally accredited to Wadkins, who hit a wedge to less than three feet (0.9 m) on the par-5 18th hole to win the hole with a birdie and halve his match against Canizares. Gallacher had trailed all day, but Watson bogeyed 16 and was only 1 up with two holes to play. He had another bogey at the par-3 17th, but Gallacher’s three-foot putt for bogey missed and ended the match at 2 & 1 and gave the U.S. the winning point.
Hoeun was born in Korea in 1943. After being orphaned at a young age, he made his way through his early life alone, using his determination and love of art to guide him. As a young soldier in the Republic of Korea’s Armed Forces, he was stationed in Saigon during the height of the Vietnam War. He immigrated to the United States in the 1970s, landing in New York City with no contacts and only $200 in his pocket. Over the next 40 years, he built a loving family and an illustrious career as a master portrait artist, garnering clients such as Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King and The King Center, the 14th Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Chris Tucker, George Busbee, Zell and Shirley Miller, Andrew Young, the Bruno Family, Morehouse College, JB Fuqua and Duke University, Samford University, Primerica, and countless other world icons, public figures, and entities. His portraits grace the walls of hundreds of homes, businesses, courthouses, chapels, concert halls, universities, and government buildings around the world.