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1991Kiawah Island, South Carolina
 United States141/2 - 131/2Europe
The US team celebrates in 1991 Bernhard Langer
The US team celebrated with a joyous dip in the Atlantic Ocean Putt agony for Bernhard Langer

Kiawah Island played host to an enthralling Ryder Cup that culminated in absolute despair for Bernhard Langer.

Bernard Gallacher had replaced Tony Jacklin as European captain and was confident of victory, but then again, so were the Americans.

Recent events in the Gulf, with America and her allies fighting to liberate Kuwait, set the tone for the tournament, with a golfing magazine famously previewing the Ryder Cup as "War on the Shore".

A highly-charged American team took that spirit into battle.

Europe struggled on the opening day, with Gallacher's decision to play rookies Colin Montgomerie and David Gilford together in the foursomes backfiring.

In fact, Seve Ballesteros and Josie-Maria Olazábal collected Europe's only point of the first morning and won again in the afternoon as Europe battled back to trail by just a single point at the end of the first day.

The second day unfolded in similar fashion, with momentum swinging towards one team then the other, and the scores were locked at 8-8 going to the final day.

US captain Dave Stockton ensured the final day of an epic contest began controversially when he failed to inform Gallacher of Steve Pate's withdrawal through injury.

The fate of the cup was eventually decided on the last hole of the last match between Bernhard Langer and Hale Irwin.

Langer, with the eyes of the world upon him, missed his six-foot putt for the half that would have given Europe a tie, and the Ryder Cup returned to America after an absence of six years.

 United States141/2 - 131/2Europe

Foursomes: Morning
P Azinger & C Beck lost to S Ballesteros & J M Olazábal (2&1)
R Floyd & F Couples beat B Langer & M James (2&1)
L Wadkins & H Irwin beat D Gilford & C Montgomerie (4&2)
P Stewart & M Calcavecchia beat N Faldo & I Woosnam (1 hole)

Fourballs: Afternoon
L Wadkins & M O'Meara halved with S Torrance & D Feherty
P Azinger & C Beck lost to S Ballesteros & J M Olazábal (2&1)
C Pavin & M Calcavecchia lost to S Richardson & M James (5&4)
R Floyd & F Couples beat N Faldo & I Woosnam (5&3)

Foursomes: Morning
H Irwin & L Wadkins beat D Feherty & S Torrance (4&2)
M Calcavecchia & P Stewart beat M James & S Richardson (1 hole)
P Azinger & M O'Meara beat N Faldo & D Gilford 0 (7&6)
F Couples & R Floyd lost to S Ballesteros & J M Olazábal (3&2)

Fourballs: Afternoon
P Azinger & H Irwin lost to I Woosnam & P Broadhurst (2&1)
C Pavin & S Pate lost to B Langer & C Montgomerie (2&1)
L Wadkins & W Levi lost to M James & S Richardson (3&1)
P Stewart & F Couples halved with S Ballesteros & J M Olazábal

R Floyd lost to N Faldo (2 holes)
P Stewart lost to D Feherty (2&1)
M Calcavecchia halved with C Montgomerie
P Azinger beat J M Olazábal (2 holes)
C Pavin beat S R Richardson (2&1)
W Levi lost to S Ballesteros (3&2)
C Beck beat I Woosnam (3&1)
M O'Meara lost to P Broadhurst (3&1)
F Couples beat S Torrance (3&2)
L Wadkins beat M James (3&2)
H Irvin halved with B Langer
S Pate halved with D Gilford
(Steve Pate injured, match not played)

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