|Dates||13–15 September 1985|
|Venue||The Belfry, Brabazon Course|
|Location||Wishaw, Warwickshire, England|
|Europe wins the Ryder Cup|
The 26th Ryder Cup Matches were held 13–15 September 1985 at the Brabazon Course of The Belfry in Wishaw, Warwickshire, England. Team Europe won the competition for the first time by a score of 16½ to 11½ points. This marked the first U.S. loss since 1957, previously the sole U.S. loss in fifty years.
Europe took a two-point lead into the Sunday singles and increased their lead throughout Sunday. It fell to Sam Torrance to secure the winning margin when he holed a 22-foot (7 m) putt on the 18th hole to defeat Andy North 1 up and go up 14½ to 8½, a six-point margin with five matches on the course.
This was the last Ryder Cup played in Europe that was not shown on live television in the United States. The USA Network first televised it in 1989 on cable with video provided by the BBC. NBC Sports took over live weekend coverage in 1991 in South Carolina, and 1993 marked the first time a major U.S. network televised it live from Europe.
- Day 1 — 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and 4 four-ball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session
- Day 2 — 4 four-ball matches in a morning session and 4 foursome matches in an afternoon session
- Day 3 — 12 singles matches
With a total of 28 points, 14½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
Nine of the European team were chosen from the 1985 European Tour money list at the conclusion of the Benson & Hedges International Open on 18 August with the remaining three team members being chosen immediately after the final event by the team captain, Tony Jacklin. Prior to the final event Christy O'Connor Jnr was in the 9th qualifying position. However he missed the cut in the Benson & Hedges International Open and was overtaken by José Maria Cañizares, O'Connor finishing just £115.89 behind Cañizares. Jacklin's choices of Nick Faldo and Ken Brown were widely expected but his choice of José Rivero was a surprise.
|Tony Jacklin||41||Non-playing captain|
|José Maria Cañizares||38||9||2||6||2–3–1||41.67|
Captains picks are shown in yellow.
|Lee Trevino||45||Non-playing captain|
|Ballesteros/Piñero||2 & 1||Strange/O'Meara|
|Langer/Faldo||3 & 2||Peete/Kite|
|Lyle/Brown||4 & 3||Wadkins/Floyd|
|Clark/Torrance||3 & 2||Stadler/Sutton|
|Ballesteros/Piñero||2 & 1||North/Jacobsen|
|Torrance/Clark||2 & 1||Kite/North|
|Way/Woosnam||4 & 3||Green/Zoeller|
|Ballesteros/Piñero||3 & 2||O'Meara/Wadkins|
|Cañizares/Rivero||7 & 5||Kite/Peete|
|Ballesteros/Piñero||5 & 4||Stadler/Sutton|
|Way/Woosnam||4 & 2||Strange/Jacobsen|
|Langer/Brown||3 & 2||Floyd/Wadkins|
Sunday's singles matches
|Manuel Piñero||3 & 1||Lanny Wadkins|
|Ian Woosnam||2 & 1||Craig Stadler|
|Paul Way||2 up||Raymond Floyd|
|Seve Ballesteros||halved||Tom Kite|
|Sandy Lyle||3 & 2||Peter Jacobsen|
|Bernhard Langer||5 & 4||Hal Sutton|
|Sam Torrance||1 up||Andy North|
|Howard Clark||1 up||Mark O'Meara|
|José Rivero||1 up||Calvin Peete|
|Nick Faldo||3 & 1||Hubert Green|
|José Maria Cañizares||2 up||Fuzzy Zoeller|
|Ken Brown||4 & 2||Curtis Strange|
Individual player records
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
|José Maria Cañizares||2.5||2–0–1||1–0–0||1–0–0||0–0–1|
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