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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 Azinger of the USA celebrates with his caddie
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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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Fourballs: Morning
Tiger Woods & Paul Azinger0Darren Clarke & Thomas Björn (1-up)1
David Duval & Davis Love III0Sergio Garcia & Lee Westwood (4 and 3)1
Scott Hoch & Jim Furyk0Colin Montgomerie & Bernhard Langer (4 and 3)1
Phil Mickelson & Niclas Fasth (1-up)1Padraig Harrington & Niclas Fasth0
Foursomes: Afternoon
Hal Sutton & Scott Verplank (2 and 1)1Darren Clarke & Thomas Björn0
Tiger Woods & Mark Calcavecchia0Sergio Garcia & Lee Westwood (2 and 1)1
Phil Mickelson & David Toms½Colin Montgomerie & Bernhard Langer½
Stewart Cink & Jim Furyk (3 and 2)1Padraig Harrington & Paul McGinley0
Foursomes: Morning
Phil Mickelson & David Toms (2 and 1)1Pierre Fulke & Phillip Price0
Jim Furyk & Stewart Cink0Lee Westwood & Sergio Garcia (2 and 1)1
Scott Verplank & Scott Hoch0Colin Montgomerie & Bernhard Langer (1-up)1
Tiger Woods & Davis Love III (4 and 3)1Darren Clarke & Thomas Björn0
Fourballs: Afternoon
Mark Calcavecchia & David Duval (1-up)1Niclas Fasth & Jesper Parnevik0
Phil Mickelson & David Toms0Colin Montgomerie & Padraig Harrington (2 and 1)1
Tiger Woods & Davis Love III (1-up)1Sergio Garcia & Lee Westwood0
Scott Hoch & Jim Furyk½Darren Clarke & Paul McGinley½
Scott Hoch0Colin Montgomerie (5 and 4)1
David Toms (1-up)1Sergio Garcia0
David Duval½Darren Clarke½
Hal Sutton0Bernhard Langer (4 and 3)1
Mark Calcavecchia0Padraig Harrington (5 and 4)1
Stewart Cink0Thomas Björn (2 and 1)1
Scott Verplank (2 and 1)1Lee Westwood0
Paul Azinger½Niclas Fasth½
Jim Furyk½Paul McGinley½
Davis Love III½Pierre Fulke½
Phil Mickelson0Phillip Price (3 and 2)1
Tiger Woods½Jesper Parnevik½
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