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1985: Europe wins Ryder Cup

Tony Jacklin's team of golfers has beaten the United States in the Ryder Cup for the first time in 28 years after dominating the final day of the competition.

The European team beat the US by 16.5 points to 11.5 points - their biggest ever win over the Americans.

The closest Europe has come to defeating the US since 1957 was a draw in 1969.

Victory at the Belfry Golf Club at Sutton Coldfield, England, was secured by Scotland's Sam Torrance, who made an 18-foot birdie at the eighteenth hole.


"It's going to take a long time for this to sink in"

Europe captain Tony Jacklin

This is the second Ryder Cup Mr Jacklin has led the European team - both times as a non-playing member of the team, as is common in the sport.

The captain said the tension during the last day of the bi-annual tournament was considerable, but told reporters he was overjoyed at his team's success.

"I didn't know where to be, what to do, what green to be on - it's going to take a long time for this to sink in, it was just fantastic," he said.

After celebrating with champagne on the balcony of the Belfry club-house, the triumphant European team paraded their captain - and their trophy - through the cheering crowds.

In Context
Golf's Ryder Cup was established in 1927 and is competed for by the Unites States and Europe every two years.

The location of the tournament alternates between the two continents.

Tony Jacklin captained the team two more times - retaining the trophy in 1987, and drawing with the Americans in 1989.


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