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1997 Valderama GC, Sotogrande Spain

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


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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 fourball 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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Foursomes: Morning
J Olazabal & C Rocca (1-up)1Davis Love III & P Mickelson0
N Faldo & L Westwood0F Couples & B Faxon (1-up)1
J Parnevik & P U Johansson (1-up)1T Lehman & J Furyk0
C Montgomerie & B Langer0T Woods & M O'Meara (3 & 2)1
Fourballs: Afternoon
C Rocca & J Olazabal0S Hoch & L Janzen (1-up)1
B Langer & C Montgomerie (5 & 3)1M O'Meara & T Woods0
N Faldo & L Westwood (3 & 2)0J Leonard & J Maggert 0
J Parnevik & I Garrido (halved)½T Lehman & P Mickelson (halved)½
Foursomes: Morning
C Montgomerie & D Clarke (1-up)1F Couples & D Love III0
I Woosnam & T Björn (2 & 1)1J Leonard & B Faxon0
N Faldo & L Westwood (2 & 1)1T Woods & M O'Meara0
J Olazabal & I Garrido (halved)½P Mickelson & T Lehman (halved)½
Fourballs: Afternoon
C Montgomerie & B Langer (1-up)1L Janzen & J Furyk0
N Faldo & L Westwood0S Hoch & J Maggert (2 & 1)1
J Parnevik & I Garrido (halved)½J Leonard & T Woods (halved)½
J Olazabal & C Rocca (5 & 4)1D Love III & F Couples0
I Woosnam0F Couples (8 & 7)1
P U Johansson (3 & 2)1D Love III0
J Parnevik0M O'Meara (5 & 4)1
D Clarke0P Mickelson (2 & 1)1
C Rocca (4 & 2)1T Woods0
T Björn (halved)½J Leonard (halved)½
I Garrido0T Lehman (7 & 6)1
B Langer (2 & 1)1B Faxon0
L Westwood0J Maggert (3 & 2)1
J Olazabal0L Janzen (1-up)1
N Faldo0J Furyk (3 & 2)1
C Montgomerie (halved)½S Hoch (halved)½
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