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1985 The Belfry Golf & Country Club, Sutton Coldfield, England

Captains: Lee Trevino (US), Tony Jacklin (Europe)
EUROPE 16 ½ - USA 11 ½


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Scotland's Sam Torrance secured Europe's first Ryder Cup victory in 28 years by making an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory. Tears streamed down Torrance's face and he raised his arms aloft. Torrance, who had rallied from a three-hole deficit against U.S. Open champion Andy North, didn't need the birdie. North hooked his tee shot into the lake while Torrance hit a mammoth drive. North reached the green in four strokes and watched Torrance putt and evoke a thunderous ovation. Spain's Manuel Pinero (4-0) and Seve Ballesteros (3 ½) guided the European bid. The momentum swung to Europe during the second-day fourballs, when Craig Stadler, playing with Curtis Strange, missed a three-foot putt on the 18th hole that forced a halve with Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle. Europe took the cue, taking a 9-7 lead into the singles and dominating the final day, 7 ½ to 4 ½.

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Foursomes: Morning
S Ballesteros & M Piñero (2 & 1)1C Strange & M O'Meara0
B Langer & N Faldo0C Peete & T Kite (3 & 2)1
A Lyle & K Brown0L Wadkins & R Floyd (4 & 3)1
H Clark & S Torrance0C Stadler & H Sutton (3 & 2)1
Fourballs: Afternoon
P Way & I Woosnam (1 hole)1F Zoeller & H Green0
S Ballesteros & M Piñero (2 & 1)1A North & P Jacobsen0
B Langer & J M Ca.izares (halved)½C Stadler & H Sutton (halved)½
S Torrance & H Clark0R Floyd & L Wadkins (1 hole)1
Fourballs: Morning
S Torrance & H Clark (2 & 1)1T Kite & A North0
P Way & I Woosnam (4 & 3)1H Green & F Zoeller0
S Ballesteros & M Piñero0M O'Meara & L Wadkins (3 & 2)1
B Langer & A Lyle (halved)½C Stadler & C Strange (halved)½
Foursomes: Afternoon
J M Ca.izares & J Rivero (4 & 3)1T Kite & C Peete0
S Ballesteros & M Piñero (5 & 4)1C Stadler & H Sutton0
P Way & I Woosnam0C Strange & P Jacobsen (4 & 2)1
B Langer & K Brown (3 & 2)1R Floyd & L Wadkins0
M Piñero (3 & 1)1L Wadkins0
I Woosnam0C Stadler (2 & 1)1
P Way (2 holes)1R Floyd0
S Ballesteros (halved)½T Kite (halved)½
A Lyle (3 & 2)1P Jacobsen0
B Langer (5 & 4)1H Sutton0
S Torrance (1 hole)1A North0
H Clark (1 hole)1M O'Meara0
J Rivero0C Peete (1 hole)1
N Faldo0H Green (3 & 1)1
J M Ca.izares (2 holes)1F Zoeller0
K Brown0C Strange (4 & 2)1
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