1997 Ryder Cup

1997 Ryder Cup

32nd Ryder Cup Matches
Dates 26–28 September 1997
Venue Valderrama Golf Club
Location Sotogrande, Spain
Captains Seve Ballesteros (Europe)
Tom Kite (USA)
Europe  14½   13½  United States
Europe wins the Ryder Cup

The 32nd Ryder Cup Matches were held at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain, marking the first time the event was contested in continental Europe. The European team won the competition by a margin of 14½ to 13½ and retained the Ryder Cup.

The Europeans held a 10½–5½ lead heading into the final day, but the Americans mounted a comeback by winning the singles matches 8–4 but fell just short. Colin Montgomerie halved the final match with Scott Hoch (conceding a 15-foot (4.6 m) par putt on the final hole) to seal the outright victory for the Europeans.

This was the first 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 in 1997 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 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.


Friday's matches

Morning four-ball

Europe Results United States
Olazábal/Rocca Europe 1 up Love III/Mickelson
Faldo/Westwood United States 1 up Couples/Faxon
Parnevik/Johansson Europe 1 up Lehman/Furyk
Montgomerie/Langer United States 3 & 2 Woods/O'Meara
2 Session 2
2 Overall 2

Afternoon foursomes

Europe Results United States
Rocca/Olazábal United States 1 up Hoch/Janzen
Langer/Montgomerie Europe 5 & 3 O'Meara/Woods
Faldo/Westwood Europe 3 & 2 Leonard/Maggert
Parnevik/Garrido halved Lehman/Mickelson

Saturday's matches

Morning four-ball

Europe Results United States
Montgomerie/Clarke Europe 1 up Couples/Love III
Woosnam/Bjørn Europe 2 & 1 Leonard/Faxon
Faldo/Westwood Europe 2 & 1 Woods/O'Meara
Olazábal/Garrido halved Mickelson/Lehman
Session ½
8 Overall 4

Afternoon foursomes

Europe Results United States
Montgomerie/Langer Europe 1 up Janzen/Furyk
Faldo/Westwood United States 2 & 1 Hoch/Maggert
Parnevik/Garrido halved Leonard/Woods
Olazábal/Rocca Europe 5 & 4 Love III/Couples
10½ Overall

Sunday's singles matches

Europe Results United States
Ian Woosnam United States 8 & 7 Fred Couples
Per-Ulrik Johansson Europe 3 & 2 Davis Love III
Jesper Parnevik United States 5 & 4 Mark O'Meara
Darren Clarke United States 2 & 1 Phil Mickelson
Costantino Rocca Europe 4 & 2 Tiger Woods
Thomas Bjørn halved Justin Leonard
Ignacio Garrido United States 7 & 6 Tom Lehman
Bernhard Langer Europe 2 & 1 Brad Faxon
Lee Westwood United States 3 & 2 Jeff Maggert
José María Olazábal United States 1 up Lee Janzen
Nick Faldo United States 3 & 2 Jim Furyk
Colin Montgomerie halved Scott Hoch
4 Session 8
14½ Overall 13½


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