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Seve Ballesteros drives the 10th at The Belfry
March 2009

When the Ryder Cup came to The Belfry in 1985, the United States had won the Cup 13 times in a row, with ten victories against Great Britain & Ireland and three against Europe.

In the morning foursomes of the first day, Seve Ballesteros and Manuel Piñero were sent out first against Curtis Strange and Mark O'Meara. Coming to The Belfry's famous 10th hole 2up, and determined to set the tone for Europe against the US, Ballesteros - who had previously agreed the tactic with Captain Tony Jacklin - went for the green and made a birdie to win the hole, and the pairing would go on to take the opening match 2&1.

Although it was the only point scored by Europe on that first morning, the defiant spirit ansd leadership of Ballesteros would lift the team, who went on to claim the Cup by 16½-11½.








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