Europe

1979 Ryder Cup

On September 14th, 1979, Team Europe began. It was on that date that the very first Europe versus USA Ryder Cup started.

Prior to 1979, the team was formed of golfers from Great Britain and Ireland but starting that year players from continential Europe were also invited to play. One of those players was a 22 year old Severino Ballesteros.

Europe did not win that year, losing by a score of 17 to 11, however they would win 11 of the next 18 editions of the Ryder Cup.