In the face of American supremacy, the only realistic hope of victory for the Great Britain and Ireland team came at home, and for a time they did muster a good challenge at Birkdale.
The home side made an uncharacteristically good start, sharing the foursomes and keeping pace with the visitors to trail just 9-7 going into the decisive singles.
However, it was in the singles that the Americans showed their strength.
Britain would have reclaimed the Ryder Cup comfortably had all the matches been played over nine holes, but when the pressure moments arrived, it was the Americans who held their nerve.
The US team mastered the local conditions far better then the Brits and skipper Byron Nelson saw victory all but assured as his first four players came back with a point each. Tony Lema was the star performer with five wins out of a possible six.