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Golf 220 43 Five greatest Ryder Cups of all time 31352187 That was rough That+was+rough Golf

The Americans' epic collapse at Medinah was one they won't forget. But does it rank with the best Ryder Cups of all time?

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Golf 220 43 Five greatest Ryder Cups of all time 31339484 1999: USA 14.5 Europe 13.5, The Comeback 1999%3A+USA+14.5+Europe+13.5%2C+The+Comeback Golf

On the eve of the final day of the 1999 matches, U.S. Captain Ben Crenshaw said he was a big believer in fate. I’ll never forget him waving his index finger, stating those words -- "I have a good feeling about tomorrow. That's all I'm gonna say” -- and rising from his seat at the press conference.

 

Did he know something we didn’t? The U.S. trailed 10-6 heading into singles at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., but then won eight of the first nine matches. When Justin Leonard holed a 45-foot uphill birdie putt on the 17th green to rally from 4 down with seven holes to play - one of the greatest comebacks in sports, not just golf - the comeback was complete. It’s why I forgive his fellow teammates for storming across the green in jubilation, albeit prematurely as Jose Maria Olazabal stood by waiting to attempt his putt to halve the hole. It was an unforgettable moment, and it moved Crenshaw, that big believer in fate, to drop to his knees and kiss the green.

 

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Golf 220 43 Five greatest Ryder Cups of all time 31340432 1991: USA 14.5 – Europe 13.5, The War by the Shore 1991%3A+USA+14.5+%26ndash%3B+Europe+13.5%2C+The+War+by+the+Shore Golf

On the heels of the Gulf War, patriotic fever erupted at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course. Arguably the most heated contest in Ryder Cup history came down to the last green of the last match. Germany’s Bernhard Langer had to hole a 6-foot putt to beat Hale Irwin. If Langer did so, the match would end in a tie and result in Europe retaining the trophy for two more years.

 

As Langer’s teammate David Feherty put it, "Even the tide stopped to watch."

 

Langer remembers a spike mark in his line. His putt grazed the right edge of the cup. The look of anguish on Langer’s face as the putt slid past the hole could easily serve as golf’s defining image for the agony of defeat. The miss enabled the U.S. to regain the Cup for the first time since 1983, and the biennial competition finally secured its place as one of golf’s great spectacles.

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Golf 220 43 Five greatest Ryder Cups of all time 31338230 1985: Europe 16.5 - USA 11.5, Europe's First Win 1985%3A+Europe+16.5+-+USA+11.5%2C+Europe%27s+First+Win Golf

When did the Ryder Cup become the Ryder Cup? Answer: 1985. That’s when Europe finally broke the American stranglehold on the Ryder Cup with a surprisingly dominating victory at The Belfry. In 1979, the Great Britain and Ireland team was expanded to include all of Europe. The U.S. team kept on winning, although they won a nail-biter in 1983. By now, captain Tony Jacklin had created a formidably united European team and, in Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and Seve Ballesteros, could boast of three major winners.

 

Spaniards Ballesteros with 3 points and Manuel Pinero with 4 points led the way. Sam Torrance did the honors of sinking the winning putt for Europe’s first victory in 28 years. The triumph restored European pride and set the stage for the team’s future success. “It’s history, isn’t it?” said Jacklin. Yes, it was.

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Golf 220 43 Five greatest Ryder Cups of all time 31338229 1969: Great Britain and Ireland 16, USA 16, The Concession 1969%3A+Great+Britain+and+Ireland+16%2C+USA+16%2C+The+Concession Golf

To golf fans, it’s known simply as "The Concession."

 

The 1969 Ryder Cup hinged on the last singles match between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. It’s often forgotten that Jacklin had to hole a 50-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole at Royal Birkdale Golf Club just to remain alive in the match.

 

On the final green, both players faced birdie putts in the neighborhood of 20 feet. Jacklin was away. His putt ran out of gas 2 feet short of the hole. He marked. Then Nicklaus struck his putt firmly and it raced 5 feet past the hole. After he gamely holed the comebacker for par, Nicklaus bent over and picked up Jacklin’s coin, conceding the putt and assuring the first tie in the matches' history with the U.S. retaining the Cup.

 

“I don’t think you were going to miss that putt but I wasn’t going to give you the opportunity,” Nicklaus said.

 

The pair left the green with their arms around each other's shoulders. That singular act of goodwill is roundly considered one of the grandest gestures of sportsmanship ever.

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Golf 220 43 Five greatest Ryder Cups of all time 31338228 1937: USA 8-4, First Road Victory 1937%3A+USA+8-4%2C+First+Road+Victory Golf

You remember the 1937 Ryder Cup, don’t you? Well 75 years ago, Team USA hopped aboard a steamship for England and guided by its dapper captain, Walter Hagen, became the first visiting team to take the Cup back home across the pond since the matches debuted a decade earlier. The U.S. team included six future World Golf Hall of Fame members, including Byron Nelson (with the golf club), Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead. America’s domination of the Cup had begun.

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