2002 Ryder Cup

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34th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   27–29 September 2002
Venue   The Belfry, Brabazon Course
Location   Wishaw, Warwickshire, England
Captains   Sam Torrance (Europe)
Curtis Strange (USA)
Europe   15½    12½   United States
Europe wins the Ryder Cup



The Belfry is located in England
The Belfry
The Belfry
Location in England

The 34th Ryder Cup Matches were held between 27–29 September 2002, on the Brabazon Course at The Belfry in Wishaw, Warwickshire (near Sutton Coldfield), England.

The European team won the competition by a margin of 15½ to 12½, the largest margin of victory in the Ryder Cup since the European team won 16½ to 11½ in 1985, also played at The Belfry. Both teams were tied at 8 points going into the Sunday singles matches. Sam Torrance had put most of his best players out early while Curtis Strange had opted to do the opposite. Momentum swung for Europe and after Phillip Price defeated Phil Mickelson 3 & 2, Europe needed ½ point for victory. The decisive ½ point was secured by Paul McGinley in his match against Jim Furyk after he holed a 10 foot par putt on the 18th hole.[1]

The victory prompted Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister to joke in his speech at the following week's Labour Party conference: "What about the Ryder Cup, eh? Britain in Europe at its best. Me and George Bush on opposite sides".[2]

The event was originally scheduled for 28–30 September 2001, but was postponed one year due to the September 11 attacks.[why?] It was also decided to thereafter play matches in even-numbered years instead of odd-numbered, pushing the already-scheduled 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013 editions to 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2014 respectively. This in turn caused a corresponding change in schedules for the Presidents Cup, Solheim Cup and Seve Trophy (all of which are played in years the Ryder Cup is not played). The Presidents Cup was in turn delayed by a year, while both the Solheim Cup and Seve Trophy played their 2002 matches as scheduled then subsequently started playing in odd-numbered years in 2003. The first official Junior Ryder Cup, which was also scheduled for 2001, was also postponed to 2002.[3]

This was the second of five consecutive victories at home by Europe, a streak that remains intact through 2014.


Domestic television coverage was provided by BBC and Sky Sports.

In the United States, coverage of the first day was presented on tape-delay by USA Network, but was recorded live. Bill Macatee and Peter Kostis hosted from the 18th tower. On the weekend, NBC Sports presented Saturday's coverage on tape, but recorded live. NBC aired the singles live on Sunday. Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller hosted from the 18th tower, Bob Murphy called holes, while on-course reporters were Gary Koch, Mark Rolfing, Roger Maltbie, and John Schroeder. To provide a European perspective, NBC used former European team captain Bernard Gallacher and former European team player Nick Faldo as guest analysts. Gallacher had performed the same role for NBC at the previous Ryder Cup.


The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format used from 1991 to 2002 was as follows:

  • Day 1 (Friday) — 4 fourball (better ball) matches in a morning session and 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in an afternoon session
  • Day 2 (Saturday) — 4 foursome matches in a morning session and 4 fourball 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.


Friday's matches[edit]

Morning four-ball[edit]

Europe Results United States
Clarke/Bjørn Europe 1 up Woods/Azinger
García/Westwood Europe 4 & 3 Duval/Love III
Montgomerie/Langer Europe 4 & 3 Hoch/Furyk
Harrington/Fasth United States 1 up Mickelson/Toms
3 Session 1
3 Overall 1

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Clarke/Bjørn United States 2 & 1 Sutton/Verplank
García/Westwood Europe 2 & 1 Woods/Calcavecchia
Montgomerie/Langer halved Mickelson/Toms
Harrington/McGinley United States 3 & 2 Cink/Furyk

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Fulke/Price United States 2 & 1 Mickelson/Toms
Westwood/García Europe 2 & 1 Cink/Furyk
Montgomerie/Langer Europe 1 up Verplank/Hoch
Clarke/Bjørn United States 4 & 3 Woods/Love III
2 Session 2

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

Europe Results United States
Fasth/Parnevik United States 1 up Calcavecchia/Duval
Montgomerie/Harrington Europe 2 & 1 Mickelson/Toms
García/Westwood United States 1 up Woods/Love III
Clarke/McGinley halved Hoch/Furyk
8 Overall 8

Sunday's singles matches[edit]

Europe Results United States
Colin Montgomerie Europe 5 & 4 Scott Hoch
Sergio García United States 1 up David Toms
Darren Clarke halved David Duval
Bernhard Langer Europe 4 & 3 Hal Sutton
Pádraig Harrington Europe 5 & 4 Mark Calcavecchia
Thomas Bjørn Europe 2 & 1 Stewart Cink
Lee Westwood United States 2 & 1 Scott Verplank
Niclas Fasth halved Paul Azinger
Paul McGinley halved Jim Furyk
Pierre Fulke halved Davis Love III
Phillip Price Europe 3 & 2 Phil Mickelson
Jesper Parnevik halved Tiger Woods
15½ Overall 12½


  1. ^ "McGinley the hero for Europe". BBC News. 29 September 2002. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Blair: Resume Mideast talks soon". CNN. 1 October 2002. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Holmes, John (19 September 2001). "Ryder Cup moves to even years". Archived from the original on 15 October 2002. 

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