The Top 10 Ryder Cup Moments


The Ryder Cup returns next weekend as Europe and the USA get ready to do battle.

The first competition took place in 1927, between Britain and the Americans, before the decision was made for a European team to compete in 1979.

And there have been plenty of big moments from the down the years. Here are 10 of the funniest and most poignant.

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10. Not Furyious

Jim Furyk has some fun with the crowd at the first tee at Celtic manor in 2010. Jolly good japes, chaps.


9.  Snap Under Pressure

The USA's Ben Crenshaw was losing in 1987 on the sixth to Eamonn Darcy and lost it, snapping his putter's shaft. He was left to putt with his sand wedge and one-iron and lost by a single shot.


8. Boo's Rad

Texan Boo Weekley lit up the 2008 Ryder Cup with his fair way antics, including the Happy Gilmore style 'riding the bull' 

7. Overton Over-Reacts

Not a totally un-American reaction from Jeff Overton who whooped and cheered a bit too much after his eagleon the 8th at the 2010 Ryder Cup.

6. Making A Splash

Paul McGinley gets chucked in the lake at The Belfry after sinking the winning put for Europe in 2002.

5. Jack Of All Trades

Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin played out the final match in 1969 with the competition finely balanced. Nicklaus and Jacklin both failed to hole with their third shots on the 18th, before Nicklaus putted from four feet.  With Jacklin needing to put from two feet to halve the match, Nicklaus conceded Jacklin's shot to ensure a tie, explaining: "I don't think you would have missed that putt, but in these circumstances, I would never give you the opportunity." 


4. Seve Lifting Europe

The US looked like they would continue their domination of the Ryder Cup when they lead 9-7 on home soil at Oak Hill. Somehow though, Europe, captained by the irrepressible Seve Ballesteros,  fought back during the singles to claim a narrow victory. It was only the second time that Europe had triumphed on American soil.


3. War! Huh! What Is It Good For?

Dubbed 'The War On The Shore', the 1991 Ryder Cup was a controversial affair, notable for Corey Pavin strutting around in a Desert Storm cap and the ongoing feud between Seve Ballesteros and Paul Azinger. It all went down to the last hole, when a missed putt by Bernhard Langer gave the US a 14.5-13.5 victory.


2. Clarke Battles On

Just a few weeks after his wife Heather died of cancer Darren Clarke decied to play in the 2006 Ryder Cup in his come country and won all three of his matches, helping Europe to victory. An emotional Clarke told reporters he was thankful to the fans (and the Americans') support during the tournament.


1. Jump The Gun

One of the most controversial moments in Ryder Cup history; Justin Leoonard sank an amazing 45-ft put and the Americans stormed the green, even though Europe's Jose Olazabal hadn't taken his shot yet and the contest wasn't over. Olazabal missed his put but it's fair to say Europe were not happy with the antics of the USA squad.

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