1985 - Super Sam v Uncle Sam

  • Last Updated: September 24 2012, 22:32 BST

Europe 16½ USA 11½ - Scot Sam Torrance clinched Europe's first Ryder Cup victory since 1957 amid frenzied scenes on the 18th green at The Belfry.

Sam's champagne moment.

After a narrow defeat on American soil in 1983 hopes were high that Europe could finally keep the trophy this side of the Atlantic for the first time since 1957.

But the first morning foursomes proved to be something of a disaster despite the Spanish pairing of Seve Ballesteros and Manuel Pinero winning.

The next three matches went conclusively the way of the Americans and the home side needed a quick wake up call to prevent yet another defeat.

The successful Spanish pairing showed the way, adding a second point in the afternoon fourballs and the Paul Way-Ian Woosnam partnership added another to help reduce the first day deficit to one point.

But on Friday the tide truly turned.

Way and Woosnam, along with Sam Torrance and Howard Clark, earned points in the top two matches before the Spanish partnership suffered a first defeat.

What happened in the final match out, however, set the tone for the rest of the week, and to some degree subsequent Ryder Cup history.

American Craig Stadler had a tiny putt to confirm victory on the 18th green - and he missed it.

Europe pounced on this unusual display of American weakness and won the afternoon fourballs 3-1.

What's more the three victories were conclusive: Ballesteros and Pinero completed a third win 5&4, fellow Spaniards Jose Maria Canizares and Jose Rivero won 4&3, whilst Bernhard Langer and Ken Brown triumphed 3&2.

The result was a precious two point lead for the final day and a momentum that seemed impossible for America to withstand.

In the singles Pinero led the Europeans out and added a fourth win of the week. Another hero of the match, the young Englishman Way, was another early winner.

Lyle and Langer had big wins and then Ballesteros fought to halve his match with Tom Kite.

The stage was set for a hero and Sam Torrance pipped Howard Clark to the glory of holing the final putt.

Rallying from three down to Andy North after 10 holes, the Scotsman birdied the 18th hole to confirm the victory and marked the moment of triumph by raising his arms aloft before being engulfed by his team-mates.

For Tony Jacklin the win was validation of his methods - he had insisted the team be treated like the best in the world and they had delivered.

It was also a triumph for Ballesteros whose early history with the match was tempestuous, but who was persuaded by Jacklin to return as a figurehead - he did that in style.

The win saw the European players spray champagne from the roof of the Belfry hotel and changed forever Ryder Cup history.

American weaknesses had been revealed, Europe was now confident, the walkovers of the past were now a forgotten memory.