Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland

1997 Valderama GC, Sotogrande Spain

Captains: S. Ballesteros (Europe), T. Kite (US)
EUROPE 14 ½ - USA 13 ½

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Thumbnail - Click for larger image Thomas Björn celebrates another point gained
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Thumbnail - Click for larger image Ignacio Garrido and Jose Maria Olazabal celebrate
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The European Ryder Cup Team didn't need to mount a final-day comeback to win the 32nd Ryder Cup Matches, the first contested in continental Europe. But the hosts did have to withstand an American rally that fell short of a miracle. Led by five rookies -- Denmark's Thomas Björn, Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, Spain's Ignacio Garrido, Sweden's Jesper Parnevik and England's Lee Westwood -- Europe built a 10 ½ to 5 ½ advantage after two days. America's trio of stars: Masters Champion Tiger Woods, British Open Champion Justin Leonard; and PGA Champion Davis Love III; stumbled to a 1-9-3 showing. Woods earned the only victory in a first-day Four-Ball match with partner Mark O'Meara, then suffered a stunning 4 and 2 singles defeat to Italy's Costantino Rocca. The U.S. won the final-day singles, 8-4, but came a point short of winning back the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1993. The final drama to determine either a tie or an outright European victory came down to the final two players left on soggy Valderrama: Scotland's Colin Montgomerie halved with Scott Hoch, conceding a 15-foot par putt for Hoch and sealing the Victory.

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Four-Ball: Morning
J Olazabal & C Rocca (1-up) 1 Davis Love III & P Mickelson 0
N Faldo & L Westwood 0 F Couples & B Faxon (1-up) 1
J Parnevik & P U Johansson (1-up) 1 T Lehman & J Furyk 0
C Montgomerie & B Langer 0 T Woods & M O'Meara (3 & 2) 1
Foursomes: Afternoon
C Rocca & J Olazabal 0 S Hoch & L Janzen (1-up) 1
B Langer & C Montgomerie (5 & 3) 1 M O'Meara & T Woods 0
N Faldo & L Westwood (3 & 2) 0 J Leonard & J Maggert 1
J Parnevik & I Garrido (halved) ½ T Lehman & P Mickelson (halved) ½
Foursomes: Morning
C Montgomerie & D Clarke (1-up) 1 F Couples & D Love III 0
I Woosnam & T Björn (2 & 1) 1 J Leonard & B Faxon 0
N Faldo & L Westwood (2 & 1) 1 T Woods & M O'Meara 0
J Olazabal & I Garrido (halved) ½ P Mickelson & T Lehman (halved) ½
Four-Ball: Afternoon
C Montgomerie & B Langer (1-up) 1 L Janzen & J Furyk 0
N Faldo & L Westwood 0 S Hoch & J Maggert (2 & 1) 1
J Parnevik & I Garrido (halved) ½ J Leonard & T Woods (halved) ½
J Olazabal & C Rocca (5 & 4) 1 D Love III & F Couples 0
Singles
I Woosnam 0 F Couples (8 & 7) 1
P U Johansson (3 & 2) 1 D Love III 0
J Parnevik 0 M O'Meara (5 & 4) 1
D Clarke 0 P Mickelson (2 & 1) 1
C Rocca (4 & 2) 1 T Woods 0
T Björn (halved) ½ J Leonard (halved) ½
I Garrido 0 T Lehman (7 & 6) 1
B Langer (2 & 1) 1 B Faxon 0
L Westwood 0 J Maggert (3 & 2) 1
J Olazabal 0 L Janzen (1-up) 1
N Faldo 0 Furyk (3 & 2 1
C Montgomerie (halved) ½ S Hoch (halved) ½