The Ryder Cup: A brief history of matchless matchplay: Paul Trow charts a story of dramatic finishes in the Ryder Cup

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1957: GB & Ire 71/2 US 41/2

BRITISH golf was at a low ebb before Dai Rees captained the side to an improbable victory at Lindrick to end 24 years of US dominance. Sam Snead and Ben Hogan were no longer in the American team, though, and Julius Boros and Cary Middlecoff had been banned for boycotting the US PGA Championship to play in exhibitions. GB & Ire lost the foursomes 3- 1, but after a public bust-up between Rees and Harry Weetman they bounced back to take the singles 61/2-11/2.

1969: GB & Ire 16 US 16

DESPITE some wonderful golf at Royal Birkdale, the first tied match is chiefly remembered for a supreme sporting gesture in the final singles by Jack Nicklaus, the world's top player at the time. He conceded a four-foot putt on the 18th green to the reigning Open champion Tony Jacklin with the immortal words: "I don't think you'd miss that putt but I'd never give you the opportunity" - a decision which was not entirely popular with his team-mates.

1983: US 141/2 Europe 131/2

THE first sign that the modern generation of European pros could mount a sustained challenge to the Americans came during this thrilling contest at the PGA National in Florida. Inspired by Jacklin's leadership and the brilliance of the Masters champion Seve Ballesteros at the height of his powers, Europe ran a strong US team, captained by Nicklaus, all the way to the wire before Tom Watson secured victory with an edgy success in the final singles against Bernard Gallacher.

1985: Europe 161/2 US 111/2

THE promise of the previous match was fulfilled at The Belfry as Europe ended their 28-year drought with a glorious victory, which was sealed famously by a Sam Torrance birdie on the final green against the US Open champion Andy North. Jacklin was at last able to turn the tables on his old adversary, the US captain Lee Trevino, but the Americans fielded a far from vintage line-up and some of them were clearly unsettled by a fiercely partisan crowd.

1987: US 13 Europe 15

EUROPE'S finest Ryder Cup team charged to an historic maiden victory on US soil at Muirfield Village, Ohio, the home course of Nicklaus, the American captain. All Europe's stars - Ballesteros, the Open champion Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle and Bernhard Langer - were in their prime while the rest of the team made solid contributions, including the debutant Jose Maria Olazabal and Ireland's Eamonn Darcy, who prised a vital singles point from Ben Crenshaw.

1991: US 141/2 Europe 131/2

IN THE year of Operation Desert Storm, this ill-tempered confrontation at Kiawah Island in South Carolina became known as the War on the Shore. Corey Pavin provocatively sported a combat cap, but relations between the sides had already been soured by a spat on the opening morning between Ballesteros and Paul Azinger. None the less, there were some remarkable moments before Langer agonisingly missed an eight-foot putt to tie the match in the final singles with Hale Irwin.

1995: US 131/2 Europe 141/2

THE most amazing Ryder Cup of all. Europe, trailing 9-7 after two days at Oak Hill, faced the 12 singles, traditionally their weakest suit, as rank outsiders. But the tide gradually turned as Torrance, Howard Clark, David Gilford, Mark James and Colin Montgomerie posted crucial middle-order wins. Faldo seized the initiative with fantastic scrambled pars at his final two holes to take a point off Curtis Strange, and Philip Walton completed the job against Jay Haas.

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