Yanks spanked: 5 of Europe’s greatest Ryder Cup wins

Darren Clarke’s men can take inspiration from these memorable triumphs

Culture

29 Sep 2016

The Ryder Cup starts on Friday with the best golfers in Europe going head-to-head with their US counterparts over the course of three days at Hazeltine in Minnesota. Captain Darren Clarke and his team will be taking inspiration from previous Team Europe triumphs against the old enemy, like these…

1985
The US team were beaten for only the second time in 50 years at the Belfry as Sam Torrance hit the Ryder Cup-clinching putt, sinking a 22-footer on the 18th.

1997
The 32nd Ryder Cup took place at Valderrama in Spain, the first time the it had been contested in continental Europe. Led by captain Seve Ballesteros, Europe’s one point victory was the first in a run of five consecutive home wins for Team Europe.

2006
Europe beat the US by 18½ to 9½ for the second Ryder Cup in a row. Victory at the K Club, in Ireland, also meant Europe had won the trophy three times consecutively for the first time in the competition’s history.

2012
Perhaps Europe’s most memorable victory of all. Dubbed the Miracle of Medinah (or the Meltdown if you’re from the other side of the Atlantic), Europe went into the final day 6-10 behind, but an extraordinary performance in the singles matches, with Ian Poulter leading the charge, saw them triumph 14½ to 13½.

2014
Scotland’s Gleneagles was the scene of Europe’s most recent Ryder Cup success. Europe ran out comfortable winners, with golf legend Tom Watson failing to inspire the US team.

The Ryder Cup is on Sky Sports from September 30 to October 2


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