Ryder Cup Flashback: 1997

1997 Ryder Cup
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The 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama in Sotogrande, Spain, marked the first time the matches were played in continental Europe.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 8:53 a.m.

For the first time in Ryder Cup history, the 1997 matches at Valderrama in Sotogrande, Spain, were played in continental Europe. And, there was a very special European captain for the occasion -- Seve Ballesteros.

The Europeans took a commanding five-point lead into the Sunday singles matches -- 10 1/2-5 1/2 -- but the Americans came storming back, only to fall just short.

The U.S. won the final session by an 8-4 margin, but lost the matches 14 1/2-13 1/2. It was the first of four consecutive (and counting) home victories for the Europeans.

Here's a look back at the day-by-day breakdown:

 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.