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30 September 2012

Pioneering Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan visits OMEGA and the storied Ryder Cup trophy at the 2012 Ryder Cup on Saturday


Pioneering astronaut and OMEGA ambassador Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, joined OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the 2012 Ryder Cup, on Saturday at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., just outside of Chicago.

In addition to his own history at Medinah – he caddied at the Medinah Country Club in his youth – Cernan got to enjoy a piece of Ryder Cup history, as he and OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart posed for photos with the storied Ryder Cup trophy, which paid a visit to the OMEGA Chalet on Hole 15 on Saturday afternoon.


Commissioned by Samuel Ryder, a Brit and avid golfer, in 1926 to serve as the prize in a proposed goodwill competition between British and American professional golfers, the Ryder Cup made its debut in 1927 at the first Ryder Cup match, held in Worcester, Mass.; it stands 17 inches high, is nine inches wide, and weighs four pounds.  


At the close of competition at the 39th Ryder Cup on Sunday, the winning team here in Medinah will carry on the Ryder Cup tradition and claim the trophy in victory.


OMEGA’s 2012 Ryder Cup ad campaign pays homage to the brand’s history as the watch worn on the Moon, which made Cernan’s visit even more fitting.