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1983PGA National, Florida
 United States141/2 - 131/2Europe
Seve Ballesteros Tony Jacklin
Seve Ballesteros was welcomed back to the European team Tony Jacklin - unlucky in 1983

So near and yet so far as Tony Jacklin captained the Europeans in a gallant attempt to wrest back the Ryder Cup.

After the opening day, the visitors led for the first time on American soil. Both teams were level at 8-8 after the second day and as the match progressed into the singles, an almighty battle ensued.

A revitalised Seve Ballesteros was back in the team following his omission in 1981 and he was inspired by a stirring war-cry from his skipper.

Ballesteros was involved in a thrilling contest with Fuzzy Zoeller and the Spaniard looked invincible at three-up with seven to play, but then his game wobbled alarmingly.

He lost four holes in a row, but rallied at the 16th and needed to win the final hole to take the match.

Still 240 yards to the pin and sitting in a bunker, defeat now seemed inevitable, but Ballesteros hit a three wood close to the green and got down in two to grab a remarkable half.

A miraculous pitch from Lanny Wadkins on the final hole against Jose-Maria Canizares gave the American a half which ensured they retained the Cup.

When future captain Bernard Gallagher failed to get anything from his singles match with Tom Watson, the hosts celebrated yet another victory.

 United States141/2 - 131/2Europe

Foursomes: Morning
T Watson & B Crenshaw beat B Gallacher & S Lyle (5&4)
L Wadkins & C Stadler lost to N Faldo & B Langer (4&2)
R Floyd & B Gilder lost to J Canizares & S Torrance (4&3)
T Kite & C Peete beat S Ballesteros & P Way (2&1)

Fourballs: Afternoon
G Morgan & F Zoeller lost to B Waites & K Brown (2&1)
T Watson & J Haas beat N Faldo & B Langer (2&1)
R Floyd & C Strange lost to S Ballesteros & P Way (1 hole)
B Crenshaw & C Peete halved with S Torrance & I Woosnam

Fourballs: Morning
L Wadkins & C Stadler beat B Waites & K Brown (1 hole)
B Crenshaw & C Peete lost to N Faldo & B Langer (4&2)
G Morgan & J Haas halved with S Ballesteros & P Way
T Watson & B Gilder beat S Torrance & I Woosnam (5&4)

Foursomes: Afternoon
T Kite & R Floyd lost to N Faldo & B Langer (3&2)
G Morgan & L Wadkins beat S Torrance & J M Canizares (7&5)
T Watson & B Gilder lost to S Ballesteros & P Way (2&1)
J Haas & C Strange beat B Waites & K Brown (3&2)

Singles:
F Zoeller halved with S Ballesteros
J Haas lost to N Faldo (2&1)
G Morgan lost to B Langer (2 holes)
B Gilder beat G J Brand (2 holes)
B Crenshaw beat A Lyle (3&1)
C Peete beat B Waites (1 hole)
C Strange lost to P Way (2&1)
T Kite halved with S Torrance
C Stadler beat I Woosnam (3&2)
L Wadkins halved with J M Canizares
R Floyd lost to K Brown (4&3)
T Watson beat B Gallacher (2&1)


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