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1997Valderrama, Spain
 Europe141/2 - 131/2United States
The 1997 European team celebrate with the Ryder Cup Nick Faldo
All hands to the Cup - Europe retain the trophy in Spain Nick Faldo was a record breaker

The Europeans claimed a narrow victory on the final day, but the real platform for victory had been established over the opening two days.

It was the first time the Europeans had played on home soil outside the British Isles as Seve Ballesteros captained the team in his native Spain and the match also marked Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup debut.

Heavy storms on the opening day delayed play, but honours were eventually shared in the opening fourballs.

Europe claimed a slight advantage by the end of the first day, with the pairings of Jesper Parnevik and Per-Ulrik Johansson, and Nick Faldo and Lee Westwood winning their foursomes.

Faldo set a string of records at Valderrama, with the most Ryder Cup points and appearances now to his name.

Ballesteros courted controversy with his early selections as Ian Woosnam and Darren Clarke were both deemed surplus to requirements on day one, as was Johansson the following day.

However, no one could dispute the captain's decisions as Europe moved into a five-point lead at the end of the second day.

Europe were almost home and dry, though not surprisingly the Americans had other ideas and won the singles 8-4 in stunning fashion.

European victory was assured when Colin Montgomerie continued his unbeaten run in Ryder Cup singles matches with a halve against Scott Hoch.

 Europe141/2 - 131/2United States

Fourballs: Morning
J M Olazábal & C Rocca beat D Love & P Mickelson (1 hole)
N Faldo & L Westwood lost to F Couples & B Faxon (1 hole)
J Parnevik & P U Johansson beat T Lehman & J Furyk (1 hole)
C Montgomerie & B Langer lost to T Woods & M O'Meara (3&2)

Foursomes: Afternoon
C Rocca & J M Olazábal lost to S Hoch & L Janzen (1 hole)
B Langer & C Montgomerie beat M O'Meara & T Woods (5&3)
N Faldo & L Westwood beat J Leonard & J Maggert (3&2)
J Parnevik & I Garrido halved with T Lehman & P Mickelson

Fourballs: Morning
C Montgomerie & D Clarke beat F Couples & D Love (1 hole)
I Woosnam & T Bjorn beat J Leonard & B Faxon (2&1)
N Faldo & L Westwood beat T Woods & M O'Meara (2&1)
J M Olazábal & I Garrido halved with P Mickelson & T Lehman

Foursomes: Afternoon
C Montgomerie & B Langer beat L Janzen & J Furyk (1 hole)
N Faldo & L Westwood lost to S Hoch & J Maggert (2&1)
J Parnevik & I Garrido halved with J Leonard & T Woods
J M Olazábal & C Rocca beat D Love & F Couples (5&4)

I Woosnam lost to F Couples (8&7)
P U Johansson beat D Love (3&2)
J Parnevik lost to M O'Meara (5&4)
D Clarke lost to P Mickelson (2&1)
C Rocca beat T Woods (4&2)
T Bjorn halved with J Leonard
I Garrido lost to T Lehman (7&6)
B Langer beat B Faxon (2&1)
L Westwood lost to J Maggert (3&2)
J M Olazábal lost to L Janzen (1 hole)
N Faldo lost to J Furyk (3&2)
C Montgomerie halved with S Hoch

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