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  Sunday, 29 September, 2002, 19:16 GMT 20:16 UK
Six of the Belfry's best
Paul McGinley with the Ryder Cup
McGinley grabbed the Cup's defining moment


Every Ryder Cup has defining moments which live in the memory long after the competition has ended, and this year's was no exception.

As Europe celebrate their 15-12 triumph over the USA, we pick six of the best from The Belfry.


Sunday's singles matches

  • Surely the most lasting image of a truly memorable day has to be Paul McGinley sinking his putt on the 18th to seal victory.

    With Jim Furyk guaranteed a four after his awesome bunker shot, McGinley had to drain the 10-footer to be sure of halving.

    Paul Azinger celebrates his chip on the 18th
    Azinger unleashed an inspired chip

    He duly delivered, sparking ecstastic scenes and writing his name into Ryder Cup history.

  • There were many memorable moments in a sensational 3&2 win for Philip Price over Phil Mickelson.

    But the Welshman's 25ft putt on the 16th to claim victory was the one which confirmed his status as a class act.

    The Cup had not yet been won when he found the hole, so the pressure was still on Price, ranked 119th in the world, to close out his contest with Mickelson.

    He stunned the world number two, as he had all afternoon, by stepping up and ending the match with three holes left.

  • The Americans had their moments, too, and Paul Azinger had not one but two of them.

    He sunk a 50ft chip-and-run at the fifth but saved the best until the last after ending up in a bunker.

    Needing to hole out to stand a chance of halving with Niclas Fasth, the 'Zinger did just that to prolong the contest just a little longer.

  • Colin Montgomerie was in tremendous form all week, but never more so than in his match on Sunday.

    The seven-time European number one slaughtered Scott Hoch, who is a tough competitor, 5&4, making it 4 points out of a possible five.

    He established his dominance with an 18ft birdie at the first and never looked like being in trouble. Monty is truly a Ryder Cup giant.


    Friday & Saturday

  • Friday belonged to the Europeans even though the US ran them close in the end, finishing just a point behind at 4-3.

    Thomas Bjorn and Darren Clarke
    Bjorn stole the limelight on Friday

    Europe's bid to wrest the trophy back began in the best possible fashion in the opening fourballs.

    Thomas Bjorn's 20ft birdie putt at the 18th steered him and Darren Clarke to a one-hole win over Tiger Woods and Paul Azinger.

    The psychological boost beating Woods gave the Europeans cannot be underestimated.

    It inspired the rest of the team, prompting captain Torrance to say: "I'm so proud of the way Darren and Thomas led from the front."

  • Saturday saw the Americans shine as they split the foursomes and won the fourballs to go into Sunday at 8-8.

    When Lee Westwood's missed short putt at the 18th condemned his partnership with Sergio Garcia to defeat, the pendulum swung firmly in the USA's favour.

    The pair had been unbeaten in their opening three matches but blew a one-shot lead with two to play to lose to Woods and Davis Love III.

    It boosted the USA and left European captain Sam Torrance grateful for the half earned by Clarke and McGinley in the day's final game.

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