Europe’s Best Ever Ryder Cup Moments


5.McDowell birdies 16th at Celtic Manor (2010)

Europe began the final day at Celtic Manor with a 9.5-6.5 lead, but with the Americans mounting a day-long fightback, the pressure was on Graeme McDowell to beat Hunter Mahan in the final singles match. The Northern Irishman delivered with a sensational 15-foot birdie on the 16th which put Europe two up with two to play. That left Mahan shellshocked, as the American failed with a putt on the 17th – handing the cup to Europe.

 

4.Olazabal's dance after sealing Europe’s first win on American soil (1987)

If losing the Ryder Cup for the first time in 1985 wasn’t bad enough for the Americans, they had never been beaten on home soil. That was until the 1987 Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village in Ohio. The US fought back from 10.5-5.5 down but the Spaniard's 2&1 win over Curtis Strange saw the first victory in America completed with a tearful Jacklin proclaiming it to be "the best week of his life". Jacklin's week could only have got better when he saw Olazabal's victory dance.

 

3.Torrence clinches Europe’s first win in 28 years (1985)

The US had been unbeaten in the Ryder Cup for 28 years, since Great Britain’s win at Lindrick in 1957. Europe had twice come close to victory under Tony Jacklin, and finally managed it in 1985. Sam Torrence could win the Ryder Cup with victory over Andy North and was left needing to sink just one of the three putts he was afforded on the 18th. He did it, and the rest is history.

 

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2.Clarke’s emotional reception at the K Club (2006)

Darren Clarke’s wife Heather died of cancer shortly after the 2006 Open Championship, forcing the Northern Irishman to call a halt on his playing commitments. Europe captain Ian Woosnam offered Clarke a wildcard selection and he accepted, as was the dying wish of his wife. Clarke, partnered with Westwood, hammered his opening tee shot straight down the fairway and went on to win all three matches he played, triggering an extraordinary reception by the Irish crowd on the 16th green.

 

1.Poulter’s five straight birdies at Medinah (2012)

Lets set the scene for a moment. 10-4 down on Saturday afternoon, Europe were boosted by a one-hole win for Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. But Poulter and Rory McIlroy were two down with six to play. Enter Ian Poulter, who pulled off a remarkable streak of putting, birdieing each of the final five holes , sealing victory with a sensational 10-footer on the 18th.

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