2002 Ryder Cup Result

2002 Ryder Cup Result - Winners Europe

\"2002The Ryder Cup was regained by Europe in 2002 and they have retained it ever since. The 2002 match, saw Europe win magnificently, with a decisive show of strength in the singles matches on the final day.

The match was tied as the two teams went into the final day at 8 points all. But the USA team were blown away with Europe gaining 7.5 points in the singles compared to the USA’s 4.5.

It was Irishman, Paul McGinley who secured the final half point needed for victory. After trailing Jim Furyk, from the 2nd hole, McGinley pulled level on the 17th and it stayed that way on the final hole.

European Captain,Sam Torrance, not surprisingly was in tears at the end and hailed his players. “They have all done a great job, I am so proud of every one of them”, he said.

Torrance had laid down the gauntlet by playing his better players at the outset of the singles. This proved to be a master tactical stroke, Colin Montgomerie, made a brilliant start, winning 5&4 against Scott Hoch, his lead, cheered on all the way by a wonderful crowd, clearly had a confidence boosting effect on those coming in behind him. Indeed, Europe won 4.5 points of the first 6 available and this lead was to prove decisive.

Philip Price secured an excellent 3&2 win over Phil Mickelson that included a 25 foot putt on the 16th to bring Europe to the brink of victory, and it was McGinley who took them over the line.