2004 Ryder Cup Match, Teams and Scores

Colin Montgomerie was a captains pick in the 2004 Ryder Cup

The 2004 Ryder Cup was the 35th time the tournament was played, and it marked a low point to this point for Team USA in Ryder Cup history. The American captain's swagger and strategy bombed, and Europe claimed a big win on Team USA's home turf.

Final Score: Europe 18.5, United States 9.5

Dates Played: September 17-19, 2004

Golf Course: Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course) in Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Team Captains: Europe — Bernhard Langer; USA — Hal Sutton

Team Rosters

  • Europe: Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Levet, Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood
  • United States: Chad Campbell, Stewart Cink, Chris DiMarco, Fred Funk, Jim Furyk, Jay Haas, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry, Chris Riley, David Toms, Tiger Woods
Match Notes: American captain Hal Sutton had a showy week prior to the beginning of play, putting on a cowboy hat and talking up his team's chances. He also decided to pair Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, declaring he felt that was four points for his side almost automatically.

It didn't work out that way. Woods and Mickelson, who were not friendly at the time and whose games were not good matches, especially for alternate shot, lost twice on Day 1 and were then split up.

But Team Europe already led 6.5 to 1.5 after Day 1, and things didn't get much better for Team USA. The Americans lost four the five sessions of play and never got closer than four points to the Europeans.

Woods wound up going 2-3-0 for the tournament, Mickelson 1-3-0. Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia were the big stars for the European side, each posting 4-0-1 records.

Day 1 Match Scores

Four Ball
  • Padraig Harrington/Colin Montgomerie, Europe, def. Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson, USA, 2 and 1
  • Darren Clarke/Miguel Angel Jimenez, Europe, def. Davis Love III/Chad Campbell, USA, 5 and 4
  • Stewart Cink/Chris Riley, USA, halved with Luke Donald/Paul McGinley, Europe
  • Sergio Garcia/Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Jim Furyk/David Toms, USA, 4 and 3
Score of first session: Europe 3.5, United States 0.5

Foursomes

  • Chris DiMarco/Jay Haas, USA, def. Miguel Angel Jimenez/Thomas Levet, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Colin Montgomerie/Padraig Harrington, Europe, def. Davis Love III/Fred Funk, USA, 4 and 2
  • Darren Clarke/Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson/Tiger Woods, USA, 1-up
  • Sergio Garcia/Luke Donald, Europe, def. Kenny Perry/Stewart Cink, USA, 2 and 1
Score of second session: Europe 3, United States 1
Overall score after Day 1: Europe 6.5, United States 1.5

Day 2 Match Scores

Four Ball
  • Sergio Garcia/Lee Westwood, Europe, halved with Jay Haas/Chris DiMarco, USA
  • Tiger Woods/Chris Riley, USA, def. Darren Clarke/Ian Poulter, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Paul Casey/David Howell, Europe, def. Jim Furyk/Chad Campbell, USA, 1-up
  • Stewart Cink/Davis Love III, USA, def. Colin Montgomerie/Padraig Harrington, Europe, 3 and 2
Score of first session: United States 2.5, Europe 1.5

Foursomes

  • Darren Clarke/Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Jay Haas/Chris DiMarco, USA, 5 and 4
  • Phil Mickelson/David Toms, USA, def. Thomas Levet/Miguel Angel Jimenez, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Luke Donald/Sergio Garcia def. Fred Funk/Jim Furyk, USA, 1-up
  • Padraig Harrington/Paul McGinley, Europe, def. Davis Love III/Tiger Woods, USA, 4 and 3
Score of second session: Europe 3, United States 1
Overall score after Day 2: Europe 11, United States 5

Day 3 Match Scores

Singles
  • Tiger Woods, USA, def. Paul Casey, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Sergio Garcia, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson, USA, 3 and 2
  • Darren Clarke, Europe, halved with Davis Love III, USA
  • Jim Furyk, USA, def. David Howell, Europe, 6 and 4
  • Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Kenny Perry, USA, 1-up
  • Colin Montgomerie, Europe, def. David Toms, USA, 1-up
  • Chad Campbell, USA, def. Luke Donald, Europe, 5 and 3
  • Chris Dimarco, USA, def. Miguel Angel Jimenez, Europe, 1-up
  • Thomas Levet, Europe, def. Fred Funk, USA, 1-up
  • Ian Poulter, Europe, def. Chris Riley, USA, 3 and 2
  • Padraig Harrington, Europe, def. Jay Haas, USA, 1-up
  • Paul McGinley, Europe, def. Stewart Cink, USA, 3 and 2
Score of singles session: Europe 7.5, United States 4.5
Overall and final score: Europe 18.5, United States 9.5

2004 Ryder Cup Player Records

(Records are listed as wins-losses-halves.)

Europe
Paul Casey, 1-1-0
Darren Clarke, 3-1-1
Luke Donald, 2-1-1
Sergio Garcia, 4-0-1
Padraig Harrington, 4-1-0
David Howell, 1-1-0
Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1-3-0
Thomas Levet, 1-2-0
Paul McGinley, 2-0-1
Colin Montgomerie, 3-1-0
Ian Poulter, 1-1-0
Lee Westwood, 4-0-1

United States
Chad Campbell, 1-2-0
Stewart Cink, 1-2-1
Chris DiMarco, 2-1-1
Fred Funk, 0-3-0
Jim Furyk, 1-3-0
Jay Haas, 1-2-1
Davis Love III, 1-3-1
Phil Mickelson, 1-3-0
Kenny Perry, 0-2-0
Chris Riley, 1-1-1
David Toms, 1-2-0
Tiger Woods, 2-3-0

Photo credit: "Colin Montgomerie" photographed by James Phelps [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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