EUROPE 15½-12½ USA, The Belfry, West Midlands
Montgomerie was in awesome form
Europe's underdogs produced one of the most outstanding singles displays in recent Ryder Cups to comprehensively beat the United States.
With the scores at 8-8 after the fourballs and foursomes, Europe captain Sam Torrance took a big risk by putting his best players out first on the final day.
But the gamble paid off handsomely. Colin Montgomerie produced arguably the greatest performance of his professional career with a 5&4 thrashing of Scott Hoch.
Despite losses for Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, Curtis Strange's American collective were largely second best on the day.
The biggest surprise came in the match between Welshman Phillip Price and world number two Phil Mickelson.
Price's 25-foot putt on the 16th green sealed a 3&2 victory and sparked jubilant celebrations.
However, it was Irishman Paul McGinley's half point against Jim Furyk that handed Europe the trophy.
McGinley celebrated by throwing himself into the lake at the 18th, draped in the Irish flag.
Europe's players reserved their post-competition thanks for captain Sam Torrance.
The Scot though reserved his for the players.
"It had nothing to do with me. I led the boys to water, and they drank copiously," he said.
D Clarke & T Bjorn beat T Woods & P Azinger (one hole)
S Garcia & L Westwood beat D Duval & D Love (4&3)
C Montgomerie & B Langer beat S Hoch & J Furyk (4&3)
P Harrington & N Fasth lost to P Mickelson & D Toms (one hole)
D Clarke & T Bjorn lost to H Sutton & S Verplank (2&1)
S Garcia & L Westwood beat T Woods & M Calcavecchia (2&1)
C Montgomerie & B Langer halved with P Mickelson & D Toms
P Harrington & P McGinley lost to S Cink & J Furyk (3&2)
P Fulke & P Price lost to P Mickelson & D Toms (2&1)
L Westwood & S Garcia beat S Cink & J Furyk (2&1)
C Montgomerie & B Langer beat S Verplank & S Hoch (one hole)
D Clarke & T Bjorn lost to T Woods & D Love (4&3)
N Fasth & J Parnevik lost to M Calcavecchia & D Duval (one hole)
C Montgomerie & P Harrington beat P Mickelson & D Toms (2&1)
S Garcia & L Westwood lost to T Woods & D Love (one hole)
D Clarke & P McGinley halved with S Hoch & J Furyk
C Montgomerie beat S Hoch (5&4)
S Garcia lost to D Toms (one hole)
D Clarke halved with D Duval
B Langer beat H Sutton (4&3)
P Harrington beat M Calcavecchia (5&4)
T Bjorn beat S Cink (2&1)
L Westwood lost to S Verplank (2&1)
N Fasth halved with P Azinger
P McGinley halved with J Furyk
P Fulke halved with D Love
P Price beat P Mickelson (3&2)
J Parnevik halved with T Woods