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 Philip Price defeated Phil Mickleson 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.
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".
The event was originally scheduled for 28–30 September 2001, but was postponed one year due to the September 11 attacks. It was also decided to thereafter play matches in even-numbered years instead of odd-numbered, pushing the already-scheduled 2003 and 2005 editions to 2004 and 2006 respectively. This in turn caused a corresponding change in schedules for the Presidents Cup and Solheim Cup (both of which are played in years the Ryder Cup is not played). The Presidents Cup was in turn delayed by a year, while the Solheim Cup played their 2002 match as scheduled but then started playing in odd-numbered years in 2003. The first official Junior Ryder Cup, which was also scheduled for 2001, was also postponed.
This was the second of four consecutive victories at home by Europe, a streak that remains intact through 2010.
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 
Morning four-ball 
Afternoon foursomes 
Saturday's matches 
Morning foursomes 
Afternoon four-ball 
Sunday's singles matches