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1981 Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, England

Captains: Dave Marr (US), John Jacobs (Europe)
USA 18 ½EUROPE 9 ½


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Larry Nelson continued his remarkable run with four more victories to boost the American team, the last time a U.S. Team would enjoy a dominating performance in the Ryder Cup Matches. The U.S. was composed of players who had combined for 36 major championships. The U.S. gained the momentum it needed the second day to win its 22nd consecutive Matches. The Americans piled up a 7-1 record, ranked just behind the U.S. all-time record set in 1967 of a 7 ½ to ½ margin in fourballs or foursomes for one day. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson teamed for three victories and Nicklaus finished 4-0 overall. Germany's Bernhard Langer made his Ryder Cup debut as did Spain's Jos. Maria Ca.izares and Manuel Pinero. Spain's Seve Ballesteros, who had won the 1980 Masters and had spent much of his competitive season away from the PGA European Tour, was voted out of the competition by the European Team.

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Foursomes: Morning
B Langer & M Piñero0L Trevino & L Nelson (1 hole)1
A Lyle & M James (2 & 1)1B Rogers & B Lietzke0
B Gallacher & D Smyth (3 and 2)1H Irwin & R Floyd0
P Oosterhuis & N Faldo0T Watson & J Nicklaus (4 & 3)1
Fourballs: Afternoon
S Torrance & H Clark (halved)½T Kite & J Miller (halved)½
A Lyle & M James (3 & 2)1B Crenshaw & J Pate0
D Smyth & J M Ca.izares (6 & 5)1B Rogers & B Lietzke0
B Gallacher & E Darcy0H Irwin & R Floyd (2 & 1)1
Fourballs: Morning
N Faldo & S Torrance0L Trevino & J Pate (7 & 5)1
A Lyle & M James0L Nelson & T Kite (1 hole)1
B Langer & M Piñero (2 & 1)1R Floyd & H Irwin0
J M Ca.izares & D Smyth0J Nicklaus & T Watson (3 & 2)1
Foursomes: Afternoon
P Oosterhuis & S Torrance0L Trevino & J Pate (2 & 1)1
B Langer & M Piñero0J Nicklaus & T Watson (3 & 2)1
A Lyle & M James0B Rogers & R Floyd (3 & 2)1
D Smyth & B Gallacher0T Kite & L Nelson (3 & 2)1
S Torrance0L Trevino (5 & 3)1
A Lyle0T Kite (3 & 2)1
B Gallacher (halved)½B Rogers (halved)½
M James0L Nelson (2 holes)1
D Smyth0B Crenshaw (6 & 4)1
B Langer (halved)½B Lietzke (halved)½
M Piñero (4 & 2)1J Pate0
J M Ca.izares0H Irwin (1 hole)1
N Faldo (2 & 1)1J Miller0
H Clark (4 & 3)1T Watson0
P Oosterhuis0R Floyd (1 hole)1
E Darcy0J Nicklaus (5 & 3)1
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