Martin Kaymer celebrates after sealing Europe's famous victory in Medinah (Getty)

    Five of Europe’s greatest Ryder Cup wins

    29 September 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 Le Golf National in Paris. Europe’s captain Thomas Bjørn and his team will be taking inspiration from previous triumphs against the old enemy, like these…

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.