BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Special Events: Sports Personality 2002  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

  Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 21:36 GMT
Ryder Cup stars honoured
The European team pose with the Ryder Cup after a memorable victory
The European Ryder Cup team celebrate their win

Of all sport's memorable moments in 2002, Europe's Ryder Cup victory at The Belfry was arguably the most remarkable - primarily because the win was so unexpected.

Following the postponement of the 2001 match and the decision to stick with the same 12 players, Europe came into the contest noticeably weaker.


There is saying 'Seize the day'... the day came and they seized it
Sam Torrance on his Ryder Cup stars
Lee Westwood was languishing in the lower reaches of the rankings - one of two men outside the top 100 and one of five lower than 50.

The American team had suffered a similar slump in fortunes, but they could still turn to five of the world's top 10 when the going got tough.

And then there was Tiger Woods.

This was surely the match when the world number one would put his dismal Ryder Cup record behind him.

To a point he did, winning three matches after a woeful opening day, but his best on this occasion was not good enough.

Europe had their own trump cards in Sam Torrance and Colin Montgomerie.

On the fairways, Montgomerie was a marvel and on the sidelines, Torrance was a revelation, the genial Scotsman playing the perfect host.

He ensured the bad blood of Brookline three years earlier did not spill over to The Belfry.

And he captained his side with care and consideration while coaxing the best out of his lesser-ranked players - most notably on the final day.

With the teams locked at eight points apiece going into Sunday's singles, many predicted an easy American victory.

Paul McGinley celebrates as he sees his putt sink to win the Ryder Cup
McGinley sinks the winning putt
This aspect of the game was their forte, men against boys, global stars against European journeymen.

Westwood did indeed come a cropper, but after winning three points in partnership with Sergio Garcia he had more than paid his way.

As it turned out, Westwood and Garcia were the only Europeans not to return to the clubhouse with points for the cause on the final day.

Torrance sent out his big guns first, with Montgomerie leading the way, and the plan worked to perfection, an early lead being maintained throughout the day.

All the while Woods paced the practice area, consigned to the last match and a round that ultimately had no bearing on the outcome.

By the time he walked up the 18th the Ryder Cup had been won and lost.

Montgomerie set the standard, Phillip Price caused the upset, Paul McGinley took the honours and Torrance the plaudits.

But overall it was an astounding team effort against the odds in a match played in the perfect spirit on and off the course.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
Eurpean captain Sam Torrance
"It means such a lot"
In-depth section on the big BBC awards

Radcliffe triumphs

Awards

Winners in profile

Have Your Say

Reviews
Links to more Sports Personality 2002 stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Sports Personality 2002 stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales