Europe had arrived in Michigan with the pressure on their shoulders following the win earned by Sam Torrance's side two years earlier at The Belfry, and very few could have predicted just how well Langer's men would respond.
In truth, the damage had already been done before the singles matches kicked off on September 19 2004 as Europe produced a dominant display to retain the trophy.
Europe had led the way throughout the three days, with USA winning just one session before arriving on the final day trailing their rivals 11-5.
However, Europe had been here before. In 1999, they led by four points heading into the final day at Brookline, but a disastrous final day saw the trophy slip from their grasp.
The Americans, led by Hal Sutton, were confident that they could make things interesting in the singles, but they were never given the chance to produce a dramatic finish.
It was far from a steady start, though, as Europe picked up just one victory in the opening four singles matches, with Sergio Garcia triumphing over Phil Mickelson 3&2 after Tiger Woods had beaten Paul Casey by the same scoreline.
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Langer's team picked up seven-and-a-half points on the final day, securing the triumph with a record scoreline of 18 1/2 - 9 1/2, their largest ever win in the famous contest.
Rarely have we seen one of the sides dominate from start to finish, but Langer's 12 heroes managed to do just that on foreign shores as they kept hold of the trophy for another two years.
Should McGinley's side come close to matching their performance at Gleneagles, it promises to be another successful Ryder Cup for Europe.