2004 Ryder Cup

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35th Ryder Cup Matches
Dates   September 17–19, 2004
Venue   Oakland Hills Country Club
South Course
Location   Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Captains   Hal Sutton (USA)
Bernhard Langer (Europe)
United States   9½    18½   Europe
Europe wins the Ryder Cup



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Location in the United States

The 35th Ryder Cup Matches were held September 17–19, 2004 at the South Course of Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit.

The European team won the competition by a margin of 18½ to 9½ points,[1] The victory margin was the largest by a European team in the history of the event, and the largest by either side since 1981, when Team USA defeated Team Europe by the same score. It was also the largest margin of defeat for the USA on home soil as well as their worst ever defeat since the competition started in 1927.


In the United States, live Friday coverage was provided by USA Network. Bill Macatee and Peter Kostis hosted from the 18th tower. NBC Sports presented live coverage of the Saturday and Sunday matches. 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 Ed Sneed.


The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format changed slightly from used from that used from 1991 to 2002, with the order of play swapped on the second day:

  • 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 fourball matches in a morning session and 4 foursome 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.


United States   Team USA
Name Residence Notes
Hal Sutton Shreveport, Louisiana Non-playing captain
Chad Campbell Lewisville, Texas Seventh in Cup points
Stewart Cink Duluth, Georgia Captain's Pick
Chris DiMarco Orlando, Florida Eighth in Cup points
Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Ninth in Cup points
Jim Furyk Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Fourth in Cup points
Jay Haas Greenville, South Carolina Captain's Pick
Davis Love III Sea Island, Georgia Third in Cup points
Phil Mickelson Rancho Santa Fe, California Second in Cup points
Kenny Perry Franklin, Kentucky Fifth in Cup points
Chris Riley Las Vegas, Nevada Tenth in Cup points
Makes Cup debut
David Toms Shreveport, Louisiana Sixth in Cup points
Tiger Woods Windermere, Florida First in Cup points

Europe   Team Europe
Name Residence Notes
Germany Bernhard Langer Anhausen, Germany
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Non-playing captain
England Paul Casey Weybridge, England, UK
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Eighth in World points
Sixth in Cup points
Northern Ireland Darren Clarke Chobham, England, UK Third in World and Cup points
England Luke Donald High Wycombe, England, UK
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ninth in World points
Captain's Pick
Spain Sergio García Borriol, Spain Second in World points
23rd in Cup points
Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Dublin, Ireland First in World points
Fifth in Cup points
England David Howell Weybridge, England, UK 13th in World points
Seventh in Cup points
Makes Cup debut
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez Málaga, Spain Fourth in World points
First in Cup points
France Thomas Levet Warfield, England, UK Seventh in World points
Fourth in Cup points
Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley Sunningdale, England, UK Eleventh in World points
Eighth in Cup points
Scotland Colin Montgomerie Troon, Scotland, UK 19th in World points
16th in Cup points
Captain's Pick
England Ian Poulter Milton Keynes, England, UK Tenth in World points
Ninth in Cup points
England Lee Westwood Worksop, England, UK Fifth in World points
Second in Cup points

Thursday practice[edit]

Friday's matches[edit]

Morning four-ball[edit]

U.S. captain Hal Sutton put his top pairing of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the first match of the Ryder Cup, hoping to come out to a quick lead. The decision backfired on Sutton, as the Woods/Mickelson pairing fell behind almost from the start, eventually losing. Only a 7-foot par putt by Chris Riley on the 18th hole of his match kept Team USA from being shut out by Team Europe. Team USA never had the lead during any of the first day's four-ball matches.

Europe Results United States
Montgomerie/Harrington Europe 2 & 1 Mickelson/Woods
Clarke/Jiménez Europe 5 & 4 Campbell/Love III
McGinley/Donald halved Riley/Cink
García/Westwood Europe 4 & 3 Toms/Furyk
Session ½
Overall ½

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

The afternoon alternate-shot session was almost as good for Team Europe as the morning session. Mickelson and Woods lost an early lead in their match, leaving Woods winless in the first day of his last three Ryder Cups. Team USA picked up its first full point, but Europe ended the day with a 6½–1½ lead, its largest lead after the first day in Ryder Cup history.

Europe Results United States
Jiménez/Levet United States 3 & 2 DiMarco/Haas
Montgomerie/Harrington Europe 4 & 2 Love III/Funk
Clarke/Westwood Europe 1 up Mickelson/Woods
García/Donald Europe 2 & 1 Perry/Cink
3 Session 1

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning four-ball[edit]

Europe Results United States
García/Westwood halved Haas/DiMarco
Clarke/Poulter United States 4 & 3 Woods/Riley
Casey/Howell Europe 1 up Furyk/Campbell
Montgomerie/Harrington United States 3 & 2 Cink/Love III
8 Overall 4

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Clarke/Westwood Europe 5 & 4 Haas/DiMarco
Jiménez/Levet United States 4 & 3 Mickelson/Toms
García/Donald Europe 1 up Furyk/Funk
Harrington/McGinley Europe 4 & 3 Love III/Woods
3 Session 1
11 Overall 5

Sunday's singles matches[edit]

Europe Results United States
Paul Casey United States 3 & 2 Tiger Woods
Sergio García Europe 3 & 2 Phil Mickelson
Darren Clarke halved Davis Love III
David Howell United States 6 & 4 Jim Furyk
Lee Westwood Europe 1 up Kenny Perry
Colin Montgomerie Europe 1 up David Toms
Luke Donald United States 5 & 3 Chad Campbell
Miguel Ángel Jiménez United States 1 up Chris DiMarco
Thomas Levet Europe 1 up Fred Funk
Ian Poulter Europe 3 & 2 Chris Riley
Pádraig Harrington Europe 1 up Jay Haas
Paul McGinley Europe 3 & 2 Stewart Cink
18½ Overall


  1. ^ Montgomerie is widely credited as having holed the winning putt, although Ian Poulter birdied on the 15th hole of his match to guarantee a half point and so mathematically win the Ryder Cup seconds before Montgomerie. This was commentated on by course commentators and BBC Radio 5 Live, whose Golf correspondent Ian Coulter recalled in the News of the World: "My editor said Poulter was three up seconds before Monty hit his putt. Then Colin's putt went in - you can imagine the situation. To have overruled his achievement would have been like trying to deny Alan Shearer a goal that went in off a defender." "This man won us Ryder Cup - not Monty" News of the World (London); September 26, 2004; Geoff Sweet; p. 75. Frank Keating of The Guardian also noted this chain of events, writing "radio logged the fact that it was not Montgomerie's putt which actually clinched the cup but Poulter's, a matter of seconds before and a few holes behind." "Golf, Cricket: Notes from the touchline" The Guardian (Manchester); Sep 24, 2004; Frank Keating; p. 34. Notwithstanding, Poulter was still in a Dormie position at this time (3 holes up with 3 to play) and players in this position can still be disqualified and thus lose their match. A similar situation took place 2 years later.

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