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On this day: Bernhard Langer captains Europe to Ryder Cup triumph in Michigan

On this day 10 years ago, Bernhard Langer captains Europe to victory in the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club.

On this day 10 years ago, it was Bernhard Langer's turn to revel in his own Ryder Cup moment as he guided Europe to success at Oakland Hills Country Club.

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.

However, it was two trusted individuals who calmed the travelling supporters with crucial victories, as Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie edged out Kenny Perry and David Toms respectively.

Colin Montgomerie drops a birdie putt on the 16th hole during Sunday afternoon singles matches at the 2004 Ryder Cup in Detroit, Michigan, September 19, 2004© Getty Images

Those wins would prove to be the turning point, despite the responses from Chad Campbell and Chris DiMarco in the seventh and eighth matches.

Europe would wrap up the victory in style as they won the final four singles matches thanks to excellent displays from Thomas Levet, Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington, and 2014 captain Paul McGinley.

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.

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