The 30th Ryder Cup Matches were held at The Belfry in Wishaw, Warwickshire, England (near Sutton Coldfield). The United States team won the competition by a margin of 15 to 13 points. Europe took a slender 1 point lead into the Sunday singles matches in what was a close contest. Davis Love III secured victory for the United States by defeating Constantino Rocca at the last hole. Through 2012, this is the last U.S. victory in Europe in the Ryder Cup and also the last time the U.S. retained the Cup.
The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format predominantly used from 1987 to 1999 was as follows:
Day 1 (Friday) — 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and 4 fourball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session
Day 2 (Saturday) — 4 foursome matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball matches in an afternoon session
Day 3 (Sunday) — 12 singles matches
With a total of 28 points, 14½ points were required to win the Cup, and 14 points were required for the defending champion to retain the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes - matches that were level after 18 holes were deemed a draw with half a point going to each team.