Moments to get you Psyched for this Weekend’s Ryder Cup
It’s Ryder Cup week and we can’t wait for the action and smack talk to start coming out of Le Golf National. Hard to believe it has been two years since the Americans won at Hazeltine but Team Europe and their captain Thomas Bjorn are armed and ready to take back the trophy.
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Here’s a few of our favourite Ryder Cup moments from the past decade to help get everybody in the mood…
Louisville, Kentucky – 2008
2008 marked the end of Europe’s winning streak. Having claimed victory over the U.S. during the past three Ryder Cups, the Americans charged ahead at Valhalla to win 16 ½ - 11 ½. But what sticks out from this year the most might surprise you.
After an impressive drive off the first tee on Sunday, America’s Boo Weekley was ready to celebrate. And what better way then a little “bull ride,” Happy Gilmore style.
Here’s a clip of Weekley “riding the bull” and then explaining the incredible adrenalin that comes from playing in a team setting. When asked if he likes hunting and fishing better than the Ryder Cup the American answers, “No, not right now. Not with the adrenalin I got, it ain’t nothing like shooting a deer.” Classic!
Medinah, Illinois – 2012
At the end of the second day Europe looked to be completely out of the contest, trailing the U.S. 10-5. Enter Ryder Cup legend, Ian Poulter. Paired with Rory McIlroy in the day’s final fourballs, Poulter was able to either ignore or channel the chants of “USA, USA” to his advantage. Sinking a consecutive five birdies and nailing his last putt to bring the Europeans back into fighting position.
Team Europe surged into the final day winning the first five of their singles matches. With Martin Kaymer defeating Steve Stricker and Francesco Molinari halving his match with Tiger Woods, “The Miracle at Medinah” gave the European Team a final victory of 14 1/2 – 13 1/2. But it all started with Poults.
Gleneagles, Scotland – 2014
Jamie Donaldson took the winning shot of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Securing victory for Team Europe for the third consecutive time. While that shot and the fist pump to the crowd afterwards was excellent, what we all remember most is Donaldson’s interview the following morning in that yellow hoodie.
When asked by a reporter if the events from the day before had sunken in yet, a bleary-eyed Donaldson replied, “No.” Before quickly explaining, “Because I’m still drunk.”
Chaska, Minnesota- 2016
Despite being on the losing team two years prior, American Patrick Reed developed a bit of a reputation following his crowd hushing performance at Gleneagles. Known for his brash persona and overall arrogant nature Reed came to Hazeltine in 2016 ready to win. Living up to his nickname “Captain America,” he and Rory McIlroy’s singles match on the final day is the stuff Ryder Cup legends are made of.
With the two golfers going head-to-head in a battle that not only got the crowd going but also brought a ton of animation to the players.