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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 September 2006, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Ryder Cup history: 1997
EUROPE 14-13 USA, Valderrama, Spain

Seve Ballesteros
Joy for Ballesteros in Spain
The Europeans claimed a narrow victory on the final day, but the real platform for success 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. The match also marked Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup debut.

Heavy storms on the first 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 Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie 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 half against Scott Hoch.


Fourballs: Morning
J M Olazabal & 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 Olazabal 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 Olazabal & 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 Olazabal & C Rocca beat D Love & F Couples (5&4)

Singles:
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 Olazabal lost to L Janzen (1 hole)
N Faldo lost to J Furyk (3&2)
C Montgomerie halved with S Hoch



Ryder Cup history
 

SEE ALSO
Ryder Cup history: 1999
14 Sep 06 |  Golf
Ryder Cup history: 1995
14 Sep 06 |  Golf


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