Three iconic Ryder Cup moments: Seve’s shot and Miracle in Medinah
Dave Burin | 27 September 2018
2018 edition tees off in France on Friday
The 2018 Ryder Cup takes place this weekend at Le Golf National in the scenic climes of Guyancourt, France.
The United States ended their eight-year wait for Ryder Cup glory in the last staging, and everything points towards a tournament full of twists and turns in France.
Ahead of the showpiece event, the Coral News Team take a look at a trio of the all-time great moments from this historic tournament…
Seve’s shot stuns Palm Beach Gardens – 1983
While it wasn’t a crucial shot in deciding who won 1983’s Ryder Cup, one unbelievable hit from the late Seve Ballesteros remains the abiding memory of this edition.
US captain Jack Nicklaus called it “the greatest shot I ever saw”. With Ballesteros seemingly lost in a bunker 245 yards from the green, he hit a stunning shot with his three wood to somehow bypass the water and land it on the green.
The Spaniard eventually halved this round with US legend Fuzzy Zoeller. But it’s Seve’s piece of brilliance that lives on.
Langer failure decides War by the Shore – 1991
Perhaps no Ryder Cup has seen quite the fierce rivalry and huge personalities present during the “War by the Shore” of 1991. And it all climaxed in the most dramatic of American wins.
The final pair left on the course on day three were American Hale Irwin and Europe’s experienced Bernhard Langer. The US were a point ahead, but Langer had the opportunity to tie the cup with a six-foot putt.
To the shock of both sides, the German missed to tie the point. It ended 14 ½ -13 ½ to the USA.
Poulter kick-starts ‘Miracle in Medinah’ – 2012
A 2014 BBC Sport poll saw this breeze to top spot in a vote of the greatest ever Ryder Cup moments.
With Europe 10-4 down on Saturday afternoon, there were concerns of a heaviest tournament loss for 30 years. But a streak of Ian Poulter perfection kick-started the most astonishing of comebacks.
Trailing in Saturday’s four-ball game alongside Rory McIlroy, Poulter stormed to an incredible five successive birdies in the final five holes. His 10-footer on the 18th sealed victory by a single shot, and was the catalyst for an eventual 14 ½ -13 ½ victory.
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