The Ryder Cup has experienced some tremendous golfing moments since its establishment in 1927. Some of those moments were emotional, some were exciting, and some were saddening. However, there are some events that touch our hearts for many reasons. With that note, we have enlisted the 10 best Ryder Cup moments that will remain in history forever. Read on to see if you can relate to them.
#10. 1985 Sam Torrance Brings Win for Europe
European players were included in the Ryder Cup team in 1979. Before that, Great Britain and Ireland players represented Europe, and Team USA dominated during that time. Nevertheless, Europeans struggled to win since 1957, and they almost made it happen in 1983. But Scottish golfer Sam Torrance brought the historic win after 28 years as he made the winning putt on Belfry’s infamous closing hole.
#9. 1979 European Expansion
The 1979 Ryder Cup is one of the most memorable events in history. Until 79, the tournament used to take place between the United States, Ireland and Great Britain. But, that year, golfers from continental Europe were called to participate. Before that, the US team dominated the tournament for the first 50 years, winning 18 titles and losing only three.
The inclusion of the whole of Europe was a new horizon for the 23rd Ryder Cup as well as the whole golf world. Although the team Europe could make an immediate impact under John Jacobs’ captaincy in the tournament, it was a new experience for the golf fans. The USA won that tournament at The Greenbrier, Greenbrier County.
#8. 2012 Miracle at Medinah
The Ryder Cup is pride, or even you can call it prestige. Hence, some players happen to play their best at the tournament. That is what happened in Ryder Cup 2012 at the Medinah Country Club. At the beginning of the Sunday, team Europe was trailing 10-6 to Team USA, and the home team needed only 4½ points to win the 39th Ryder Cup.
On the other hand, Europe needed 8½ points to secure the cup and 8 to retain it. However, Europe showed one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history after winning eight matches. Europe won the cup with one match in hand.
Ian Poulter’s five closing birdies helped the team to snatch the victory. This victory is known as ‘Miracle at Medinah,’ which was later released on DVD as ‘miracle at medinah official film.’ Still, the players and the fans are thrilled about that tournament.
#7. 1993 Last win in Europe
So far, the 30th Ryder Cup was the last win for the USA in Europe took place at The Belfry, Warwickshire in England. On the American side, Paul Azinger was the only hope to retain the cup against Europe’s Nick Faldo, who is a flawless golfer containing ice in his veins. Azinger scored birdies at the 15th and 18th against Faldo’s 14th tee landing a hole in one. Team USA retained the title by 15-13.
#6. 2008 Poulter Fireworks
It was Ian Poulter’s first Ryder Cup, which was a wildcard pick by team Europe’s captain Nick Faldo. Although the USA won the match, Poulter’s debut performance was extraordinary. He scored four individual points, which is more than other players at the 37th Ryder Cup. He showed his excellence through his passion, and the fans enjoyed one of the best Ryder Cup shots.
#5. 2016 Epic Sunday Clash
It was the USA’s first after having three consecutive losses. This time the US team was more organized and well prepared. Ryder Cup 2016 was a much-needed title for America. The team won by 17-11, and the golf world has seen the emergence of the USA’s next-generation players such as Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and more.
#4. 2006 Emotional Hero
Darren Clarke lost his wife to cancer just before six weeks of the Ryder Cup, and he was not regular in the course. As a result, Clarke did not qualify for the tournament. But European captain Ian Woosnam picked Clarke as a wild card, and he happily accepted it.
Mournful Darren Clarke won his three matches, one against top-class Tiger Woods. He knocked his tee shot 300 yards toward the middle and made a birdie on the first hole. Europe won the cup by 18 ½ – 9 ½ points. Later, Woosnam dedicated the Ryder Cup to Clarke’s wife Heather, and both sides got emotional. the 2006 tournament showed enough raw emotion in the air.
#3. 1999 Brookline Comeback
Team Europe won two close competitions in 1995 and 1997. However, in 1999 Europe was also way ahead of the team USA by 10-6 at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Down to 10-6, Americans won the first 6 matches of the day on Sunday, and eventually, they got the lead by 14-12. Especially the performance from Steve Pate and Jim Furyk lead the team to achieve the winning point. If not the greatest, it was the biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history. The final score was 14.5 for team USA and 13.5 for Europe.
#2 1969 Jack’s Concession
The 1969 Ryder Cup is the closest and most intense tournament yet. It was the first tie in the history of the Ryder Cup. The tie happened when Jack Nicklaus, the newbie in the tournament, gave Tony Jacklin a short par putt on the 18th hole. Eventually, this conceded putt ended up with the first tie, and the fans enjoyed one of the best Ryder Cup moments.
#1 1991 War by the Shore
Since the Ryder Cup found new opponents, the rivalry went high, and it went to a new level at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, in 1991. All of the matches were highly intense, close as well as rowdy. The total competition needed to be summed up in the final putt between Hale Irwin and Bernhard. In contrast, Langer missed the 6-footer for par and lost the hole. Team America won by 14½ – 13½ and signifies the greatest