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1985 Ryder Cup

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Sam Torrance and Tony Jacklin at 1985 Ryder Cup

Sam Torrance - whose 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole of his match against Andy North clinched the 1985 Ryder Cup victory - gives a celebratory lift to European captain Tony Jacklin.

David Cannon / Getty Images
Score: Europe 16.5, USA 11.5
Site: The Belfry Golf & Country Club (Brabazon Course) in Sutton Coldfield, England
Captains: USA - Lee Trevino; Europe - Tony Jacklin
Prior to 1985, the Ryder Cup had been played 25 times. Of those 25 matches, the Great Britain/Ireland and Europe teams had only won three times. Europe hadn't won a Ryder Cup since 1957 when the 1985 Ryder Cup got under way.

In 1979, the GB&I team expanded its eligibility to include golfers from across Europe. That change, designed to make the matches more competitive, first paid off here. Team Europe not only beat Team USA, but did so convincingly. Two years later, at the 1987 Ryder Cup, Europe claimed its first-ever win on U.S. soil, and the change in direction of the Ryder Cup was completed.

The Americans began well, winning the opening session of foursomes by a 3-1 score. But the Europeans dominated from that point forward, winning each of the following four sessions. That included singles, a format the Americans had typically owned in previous Ryder Cups.

Team USA's chances were still alive entering the Sunday singles session, trailing by two points (9-7). But in the first eight singles games, the Americans earned only 1.5 points. Europe clinched the victory in just the seventh match of the day, when Sam Torrance beat Andy North, 1-up.

Unheralded Spaniard Manuel Pinero led Europe with a 4-1-0 record, several of those wins as partner to Seve Ballesteros (3-1-1). But Pinero also set the tone for the final day of singles, leading off for Europe and beating Lanny Wadkins, 3 and 1. Europe had key contributions from other of its "down the roster" players, too: Paul Way was 3-1-0 and Jose Maria Canizares 2-0-1.

No American player won more than two matches, while North and Fuzzy Zoeller were each 0-3-0.

Team Rosters:

• USA - Raymond Floyd, Hubert Green, Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite, Andy North, Mark O'Meara, Calvin Peete, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Lanny Wadkins, Fuzzy Zoeller
• Europe - Seve Ballesteros, Ken Brown, Howard Clark, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Canizares, Manuel Pinero, Jose Rivero, Sam Torrance, Paul Way, Ian Woosnam

Day 1 Results:

Foursomes
• Seve Ballesteros/Miguel Pinero, Europe, def. Curtis Strange/Mark O'Meara, U.S., 2 and 1
• Calvin Peete/Tom Kite, U.S., def. Bernhard Langer/Nick Faldo, 3 and 2
• Lanny Wadkins/Raymond Floyd, U.S., def. Sandy Lyle/Ken Brown, 4 and 3
• Craig Stadler/Hal Sutton, U.S., def. Howard Clark/Sam Torrance, Europe, 3 and 2
Fourballs
• Paul Way/Ian Woosnam, Europe, def. Fuzzy Zoeller/Hubert Green, U.S., 1-up
• Seve Ballestero/Miguel Pinero, Europe, def. Andy North/Peter Jacobsen, U.S., 2 and 1
• Bernhard Langer/Jose Maria Canizares, Europe, halved with Craig Stadler/Hal Sutton, U.S.
• Raymond Floyd/Lanny Wadkins, U.S., def. Sam Torrance/Howard Clark, Europe, 1-up

Day 2 Results:

Fourballs
• Sam Torrance/Howard Clark, Europe, def. Tom Kite/Andy North, U.S., 2 and 1
• Paul Way/Ian Woosnam, Europe, def. Hubert Green/Fuzzy Zoeller, U.S., 4 and 3
• Mark O'Meara/Lanny Wadkins, U.S., def. Seve Ballesteros/Miguel Pinero, Europe, 3 and 2
• Bernhard Langer/Sandy Lyle, Europe, halved with Craig Stadler/Curtis Strange, U.S.
Foursomes
• Jose Maria Canizares/Jose Rivero, Europe, def. Tom Kite/Calvin Peete, U.S., 4 and 3
• Seve Ballesteros/Miguel Pinero, Europe, def. Craig Stadler/Hal Sutton, U.S., 5 and 4
• Curtis Strange/Peter Jacobsen, U.S., def. Paul Way/Ian Woosnam, Europe, 4 and 2
• Bernhard Langer/Ken Brown, Europe, def. Raymond Floyd/Lanny Wadkins, U.S., 3 and 2

Day 3 Results:

Singles
• Miguel Pinero, Europe, def. Lanny Wadkins, U.S., 3 and 1
• Craig Stadler, U.S., def. Ian Woosnam, Europe, 2 and 1
• Paul Way, Europe, def. Raymond Floyd, U.S., 2-up
• Seve Ballesteros, Europe, halved with Tom Kite, U.S.
• Sandy Lyle, Europe, def. Peter Jacobsen, U.S., 3 and 2
• Bernhard Langer, Europe, def. Hal Sutton, U.S., 5 and 4
• Sam Torrance, Europe, def. Andy North, U.S., 1-up
• Howard Clark, Europe, def. Mark O'Meara, U.S., 1-up
• Calvin Peete, U.S., def. Jose Rivero, Europe, 1-up
• Hubert Green, U.S., def. Nick Faldo, Europe, 3 and 1
• Jose Maria Canizares, Europe, def. Fuzzy Zoeller, U.S., 2-up
• Curtis Strange, U.S., def. Ken Brown, Europe, 4 and 2

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

USA
Raymond Floyd, 2-2-0
Hubert Green, 1-2-0
Peter Jacobsen, 1-2-0
Tom Kite, 1-2-1
Andy North, 0-3-0
Mark O'Meara, 1-2-0
Calvin Peete, 2-1-0
Craig Stadler, 2-1-2
Curtis Strange, 2-1-1
Hal Sutton, 1-2-1
Lanny Wadkins, 3-2-0
Fuzzy Zoeller, 0-3-0

Europe
Seve Ballesteros, 3-1-1
Ken Brown, 1-2-0
Howard Clark, 2-2-0
Nick Faldo, 0-2-0
Bernhard Langer, 2-1-2
Sandy Lyle, 1-1-1
Jose Maria Canizares, 2-0-1
Manuel Pinero, 4-1-0
Jose Rivero, 1-1-0
Sam Torrance, 2-2-0
Paul Way, 3-1-0
Ian Woosnam, 2-2-0

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