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

2002 The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England

Captains: Curtis Strange (US), Sam Torrence (European)
Europe 15 ½ - USA 12 ½

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Thumbnail - Click for larger image Paul McGinley of Ireland
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Thumbnail - Click for larger image Paul Azinger of the USA celebrates with his caddie
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Thumbnail - Click for larger image Sergio Garcia of Europe
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The Ryder Cup returned to European hands thanks to a dominating singles performance at The Belfry, and an Irishman with steely nerves. Paul McGinley's half point against Jim Furyk clinched victory for Europe. In a stunning conclusion to a match delayed one year by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Europeans beat the United States at its best game -- singles -- and reclaimed the Ryder Cup on Sunday when McGinley made an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole. The final score was 15 ½-12 ½, the largest margin since Europe won 16 ½-11 ½ at The Belfry in 1985. European captain Sam Torrance bowed his head and smiled. He was the hero in 1985 when he holed the clinching putt, but he called this victory the greatest moment of his life. "They have all done a great job," Torrance said. "This had nothing to do with me. I led them to the water, and they drank copiously." U.S. captain Curtis Strange will be second-guessed for his decision to keep his best two players at the bottom of the lineup, when it was too late for them to stop the onslaught of European victories. With the matches tied at 8 going into the final day, Europe won four of the first five matches and got a halve in another. The real surprise came at the end. Paul Azinger added another chapter to his 18th-hole heroics at The Belfry by holing a bunker shot for birdie that gave him a halve against Ryder Cup rookie Niclas Fasth and left the Americans clinging to the slimmest of hopes. All that ended after Furyk nearly holed a shot from the same bunker moments later, and McGinley got the final half-point needed. McGinley's teammates threw him into the lake alongside the 18th green, and he emerged with an Irish flag and a smile he still hasn't lost.

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Four-Ball: Morning
Tiger Woods & Paul Azinger 0 Darren Clarke & Thomas Björn (1-up) 1
David Duval & Davis Love III 0 Sergio Garcia & Lee Westwood (4 and 3) 1
Scott Hoch & Jim Furyk 0 Colin Montgomerie & Bernhard Langer (4 and 3) 1
Phil Mickelson & David Toms (1-up) 1 Padraig Harrington & Niclas Fasth 0
Foursomes: Afternoon
Hal Sutton & Scott Verplank (2 and 1) 1 Darren Clarke & Thomas Björn 0
Tiger Woods & Mark Calcavecchia 0 Sergio Garcia & Lee Westwood (2 and 1) 1
Phil Mickelson & David Toms ½ Colin Montgomerie & Bernhard Langer ½
Stewart Cink & Jim Furyk (3 and 2) 1 Padraig Harrington & Paul McGinley 0
Foursomes: Morning
Phil Mickelson & David Toms (2 and 1) 1 Pierre Fulke & Phillip Price 0
Jim Furyk & Stewart Cink 0 Lee Westwood & Sergio Garcia (2 and 1) 1
Scott Verplank & Scott Hoch 0 Colin Montgomerie & Bernhard Langer (1-up) 1
Tiger Woods & Davis Love III (4 and 3) 1 Darren Clarke & Thomas Björn 0
Four-Ball: Afternoon
Mark Calcavecchia & David Duval (1-up) 1 Niclas Fasth & Jesper Parnevik 0
Phil Mickelson & David Toms 0 Colin Montgomerie & Padraig Harrington (2 and 1) 1
Tiger Woods & Davis Love III (1-up) 1 Sergio Garcia & Lee Westwood 0
Scott Hoch & Jim Furyk ½ Darren Clarke & Paul McGinley ½
Singles
Scott Hoch 0 Colin Montgomerie (5 and 4) 1
David Toms (1-up) 1 Sergio Garcia 0
David Duval ½ Darren Clarke ½
Hal Sutton 0 Bernhard Langer (4 and 3 1
Mark Calcavecchia 0 Padraig Harrington (5 and 4) 1
Stewart Cink 0 Thomas Björn (2 and 1) 1
Scott Verplank (2 and 1) 1 Lee Westwood 0
Paul Azinger ½ Niclas Fasth ½
Jim Furyk ½ Paul McGinley ½
Davis Love III ½ Pierre Fulke ½
Phil Mickelson 0 Phillip Price (3 and 2) 1
Tiger Woods ½ Jesper Parnevik ½