Seve to Scotland European Winning Ryder Cup Captains 1997 – 2014. “From Seve to Scotland” – Seve Ballesteros at Valderrama in 1997 to Paul McGinley at Gleneagles, Scotland in 2014.
A superb montage to celebrate 2 decades of European Ryder Cup dominance. The montage showcases the last 7 European captains to lift the Samuel Ryder Trophy, all images conjuring life long memories from European victories on both American and European soil.
The late Seve Ballesteros – arguably Europe’s greatest ever player, continues to inspire current teams to Ryder Cup success – most notably in Chicago with Europe pulling off one of sport’s greatest comebacks in the “Miracle at Medinah”. There was only one choice of captain as the Ryder Cup was awarded to Spain in 1997. Europe held off a strong comeback in the singles at Valderrama to claim a dramatic 14 ½ - 13 ½ win and give Seve one of his most memorable career wins.
Sam Torrance regained the trophy after the Americans won the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline. The 2002 Ryder Cup will be remembered for Paul McGinley (2014 captain) holing the winning putt and ending up in the lake beside the 18th Green at the Belfry. Successive wins followed as Bernard Langer led Europe to a dominant win at Oakland Hills and Ian Woosnam captaining the team to victory at the K Club in 2006. The chosen image from 2006 shows captain Woosnam and Darren Clarke who performed so valiantly on home soil after the tragic death of his wife short time before. The scenes on the opening day as Darren Clarke walked onto the first tee were some of the most emotional moments ever witnessed in golf.
American victory followed in 2008 as Paul Azinger led the USA to victory over Nick Faldo’s Europe. Colin Montgomerie, a veteran of many previous European victories as a player, captained the team in the 2010 Ryder Cup matches at Celtic Manor in Wales. Under enormous pressure 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell claimed the winning point against Hunter Mahan to regain the trophy. The matches were disrupted by heavy rains but the Monday finish and the closeness of the contest only served to heighten the drama.
“The Mircale at Medinah” The 2012 Ryder Cup will be remembered as arguably Europe’s greatest ever Ryder Cup moment. Captain Jose Maria Olazabal led his team to an astonishing comeback on the final day overturning a 10-6 deficit to claim a 14 ½ - 13 ½ victory. Emotional scenes greeted European victory as players and Captain Olazabal acknowledged the role the “Spirit of Seve” had played in their win.
And so to the present .. The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland – the Home of Golf. Captain Paul McGinley leading his team to an emphatic 16 ½ - 11 ½ win. Arguably the strongest ever team to represent Europe, the players lived up to their pre tournament favourites tag, playing some phenomenal golf throughout. Justin Rose in the fourballs and Rory McIlroy in the final day singles, just some of the many superb performances from the European Team.
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