Site: Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
Captains: Europe - Bernard Gallacher; Lanny Wadkins
There were important firsts and lasts at the 1995 Ryder Cup. It was Seve Ballesteros' final appearance as a player for Team Europe. He went 1-2-0 in the matches to finish with a career Ryder Cup record of 20-12-5 in eight appearances.
On the America side, Phil Mickelson played in his first Ryder Cup and was the only unbeaten player on either side, going 3-0-0.
It was also the last of three straight Ryder Cups in which Bernard Gallacher was Team Europe's captain. Gallacher's side lost in 1991 and 1993, but sent him out with a victory here.
The 1995 matches were closely contested throughout, with the teams splitting the opening foursomes, 2-2. By the end of Day 2, Team USA held a 2-point lead.
But Team Europe earned its victory with a 7.5 to 4.5 margin in singles. After Ballesteros led off for Europe with a loss to Tom Lehman, unheralded Howard Clark achieved a 1-up victory over Peter Jacobsen (a match in which Clark recorded a hole in one) for Europe's first point in singles.
Perhaps another surprise victory was David Gilford's over Brad Faxon. But the clincher was lightly regarded Philip Walton's 1-up victory over Jay Haas in the second-to-last singles match that got Europe the final point it needed for the win. Walton went dormie with three holes to play, only to watch Haas hole out from a bunker to win the 16th. Haas then won the 17th hole. On the 18th tee, Walton's lead was down to 1-up; if Haas won the hole, Team USA would retain the Cup. But off the tee, Haas hit a terrible drive, a short pop-up into the trees, and a short time later Walton was able to 2-putt for bogey and the clinching points.
Another key singles match for Europe was the Nick Faldo-Curtis Strange game. Strange, a somewhat controversial captain's pick for Team USA, was 1-up with three holes to play. But he bogied those final three holes, helping Faldo earn a 1-up victory. Strange went 0-3-0 for the competition.
Europe: Seve Ballesteros, Howard Clark, Nick Faldo, David Gilford, Mark James, Per-Ulrik Johansson, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Costantino Rocca, Sam Torrance, Philip Walton, Ian Woosnam
USA: Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Brad Faxon, Jay Haas, Peter Jacobsen, Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, Jeff Maggert, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin, Loren Roberts, Curtis Strange
Day 1 Results:
Corey Pavin/Tom Lehman, U.S., def. Nick Faldo/Colin Montgomerie, Europe, 1-up
Sam Torrance/Constantino Rocca, Europe, def. Jay Haas/Fred Couples, U.S., 3 and 2
Davis Love III/Jeff Maggert, U.S., def. Howard Clark/Mark James, Europe, 4 and 3
Bernhard Langer/Per-Ulrik Johansson, Europe, def. Ben Crenshaw/Curtis Strange, U.S., 1-up
David Gilford/Seve Ballesteros, Europe, def. Brad Faxon/Peter Jacobsen, U.S., 4 and 3
Jeff Maggert/Loren Roberts, U.S., def. Sam Torrance/Constantino Rocca, Europe, 6 and 5
Fred Couples/Davis Love III, U.S., def. Nick Faldo/Colin Montgomerie, Europe, 3 and 2
Corey Pavin/Phil Mickelson, U.S., def. Bernhard Langer/Per-Ulrik Johansson, Europe, 6 and 5
Day 2 Results:
Nick Faldo/Colin Montgomerie, Europe, def. Curtis Strange/Jay Haas, U.S., 4 and 2
Sam Torrance/Constantino Rocca, Europe, def. Davis Love III/Jeff Maggert, U.S., 6 and 5
Loren Roberts/Peter Jacobsen, U.S., def. Ian Woosnam/Philip Walton, Europe, 1-up
Bernhard Langer/David Gilford, Europe, def. Corey Pavin/Tom Lehman, U.S., 4 and 3
Brad Faxon/Fred Couples, U.S., def. Sam Torrance/Colin Montgomerie, Europe, 4 and 2
Ian Woosnam/Constantino Rocca, Europe, def. Davis Love III/Ben Crenshaw, U.S., 3 and 2
Jay Haas/Phil Mickelson, U.S., def. Seve Ballesteros/David Gilford, Europe, 3 and 2
Corey Pavin/Loren Roberts, U.S., def. Nick Faldo/Bernhard Langer, Europe, 1-up
Day 3 Results:
Tom Lehman, U.S., def. Seve Ballesteros, Europe, 4 and 3
Howard Clark, Europe, def. Peter Jacobsen, U.S., 1-up
Mark James, Europe, def. Jeff Maggert, U.S., 4 and 3
Ian Woosnam, Europe, halved with Fred Couples, U.S.
Davis Love III, U.S., def. Constantino Rocca, Europe, 3 and 2
David Gilford, Europe, def. Brad Faxon, U.S., 1-up
Colin Montgomerie, Europe, def. Ben Crenshaw, U.S., 3 and 1
Nick Faldo, Europe, def. Curtis Strange, U.S., 1-up
Sam Torrance, Europe, def. Loren Roberts, U.S., 2 and 1
Corey Pavin, U.S., def. Bernhard Langer, Europe, 3 and 2
Philip Walton, Europe, def. Jay Haas, U.S., 1-up
Phil Mickelson, U.S., def. Per-Ulrik Johansson, Europe, 2 and 1
Player Records (wins-losses-halves)
Seve Ballesteros, 1-2-0
Howard Clark, 1-1-0
Nick Faldo, 2-3-0
David Gilford, 3-1-0
Mark James, 1-1-0
Per-Ulrik Johansson, 1-2-0
Bernhard Langer, 2-3-0
Colin Montgomerie, 2-3-0
Costantino Rocca, 3-2-0
Sam Torrance, 3-2-0
Philip Walton, 1-1-0
Ian Woosnam, 1-1-1
Fred Couples, 2-1-1
Ben Crenshaw, 0-3-0
Brad Faxon, 1-2-0
Jay Haas, 1-3-0
Peter Jacobsen, 1-2-0
Tom Lehman, 2-1-0
Davis Love III, 3-2-0
Jeff Maggert, 2-2-0
Phil Mickelson, 3-0-0
Corey Pavin, 4-1-0
Loren Roberts, 3-1-0
Curtis Strange, 0-3-0