European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam has been recognised with an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

The Welshman led his side to an 18.5-9.5 victory over the Americans at The K Club in Ireland last year ? a result that mirrored the Europeans’ historic win in 2004. It was the Continent’s third consecutive triumph in the event, a feat that has never been achieved before.

“The Ryder Cup was fantastic and was always going to be the pinnacle of my career,” said the 48-year-old Woosnam.

“On top of it, to be recognised via an award like this is obviously brilliant and I feel very proud indeed.”