In anticipation of next week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, the BBC asked viewers to vote for their favourite moments from the biennial tournament pitting the best of Europe vs. the US on the links.
Not surprisingly, the top moments were dominated by European wins, with the 2012 “Miracle at Medinah” taking a whopping 47% of the vote. Two years ago, the Euros were down 10-4 on Saturday afternoon, but Ian Poulter nailed five straight birdies to set the stage for the greatest European comeback in Ryder Cup history.
Gathering 22% of the fan vote was Europe’s 2006 title that tugged on the heartstrings as Darren Clarke, whose wife Heather passed away from cancer barely two months earlier, accepted a wildcard spot to complete her dying wish, then received a thunderous standing ovation when he walked into the arena. Europe cruise to an 18-1/2 – 9 1/2 win.
Only two American wins garnered enough votes to make the Top 10 -one of them the controversial 1999 finish in which American players and their wives celebrated a bit too exuberantly for European tastes after Justin Leonard’s 40-foot putt on No. 17.