The 10 Greatest Ryder Cup Celebrations Ever

It’s Ryder Cup time again, and whilst for some the questions might centre on just who will deliver the all-important points for Europe and the USA, the more pressing question is: How will they celebrate when they do?

Here are 10 of the best to get them in the mood:


Sam Torrance and the ‘I’m The Man’, 1985

There’s something about Sam Torrance which makes this image so iconic. The stance, the little pencil behind the ear, the thick manly moustache that you only wish you could grow.

Torrance’s putt sealed victory for Europe at The Belfry in 1985, and he was just happy to stand there and let it all sink in.


Paul Azinger and the worst high fives ever, 2002

Not one, not two, not three, but four high fives were apparently called for as the USA’s Paul Azinger holed this effort from the bunker at The Belfry in 2002. They were right to left hand high fives too, which only added to the awkwardness.

The extraordinary scenes can be seen around a minute and six seconds into this video.


Ian Poulter and the spontaneous combustion, 2012

The 16th hole at Medinah, and Ian Poulter holes a birdie in the middle of the most spectacular comeback in the long history of the Ryder Cup.

He was a bit excited about it.


Boo Weekley rides the bull, 2008

The USA won 16½ - 11½ in 2008, thereby ending a run of three successive victories for Europe.

Boo Weekley – who beat Oliver Wilson 4&2 on the final day – was a little bit excited about that.


Graeme McDowell and the birdie, 2010

It had finally stopped raining in Cardiff and on the first ever time that the Ryder Cup had ever gone into an extra day, Wales was witnessing a fightback from the Americans.

Cue Graeme McDowell in the final match. The Northern Irishman holed a 25 footer to take the advantage at the 16th, with victory sealed on the next hole.


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David Duval and the fist pumps, 1999

Brookline 1999 is well-known for more infamous celebrations, but it also bore witness to this spectacular display of fist pumping from David Duval.

Just when you think he’s done he comes back for more, unsatisfied until he has given everyone in Boston and the surrounding areas a sign that his fist is indeed there to be bumped, even if we’re all too freaked out to actually do it.


Jose Maria Olazabal gets funky, 1987

It’s 1987. Europe has just won their first ever Ryder Cup on American soil, and Jose Maria Olazabal feels like dancing.

You can’t take your eyes of him, can you?


Jeff Overton and the ‘Boom Baby’, 2010

Cardiff, 2010, and the USA’s Jeff Overton holes out for an Eagle.

Imagine what he’d have done if they’d won?


Paul McGinley hits the water, 2002

Holing the winning putt at the Ryder Cup is a wonderful, magical thing and surely one of the peaks of any golfer’s career, which is why current Europe captain Paul McGinley would have been feeling on top of the world at The Belfry in 2002.

Then he got thrown into the lake.


 Martin Kaymer completes The Miracle of Medinah, 2012

At first Martin Kaymer thinks about giving it the Torrance stand and stare, then emotion takes over and the fist pumps come out.

The German holed this put to seal Europe’s remarkable win two years ago, and chaos ensued.


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