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Many of our experts say their greatest Ryder Cup memory was watching the U.S. complete its remarkable comeback at Brookline in 1999.(Jarret/Getty Images)

Expert picks: Greatest Ryder Cup memory

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We asked our PGATOUR.COM experts to share their favorite Ryder Cup moment in the previous 36 matches played. Here's what they had to say.

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T.J. Auclair
PGATOUR.COM Interactive Producer
Pick: Justin Leonard's putt in 1999

My favorite Ryder Cup moment is a no-brainer. It happened in my backyard at The Country Club in Brookline and it was arguably the greatest shot ever struck in a Ryder Cup. I'm talking about Justin Leonard's unbelievable, unimaginable, unfathomable 45-foot putt at the 17th hole in a Sunday singles match against Jose Maria Olazabal that somehow, someway found the bottom of the cup for the most unlikely of birdies to ultimately halve his match with the Spaniard and secure the decisive half-point the U.S. needed to complete its remarkable comeback. I was standing just off to the side of the 17th green at that moment and it's one of the most fascinating spectacles I've ever witnessed with my own eyes. Much was made afterward about what many felt was an excessive U.S. celebration. All I can say is ... sour grapes. What Leonard accomplished under the magnitude of the circumstances was deserving of the insanity that ensued. As a lifelong fan of all things Boston sports, I'll be the first to admit we're a sometimes over-boisterous bunch. In this instance, however -- for better or worse -- it was warranted.


Lauren Deason
PGATOUR.COM Editorial Coordinator
Pick: The U.S. win in 1999
I'm a sucker for emotional, tear-jerker stories, so Ben Crenshaw's 1995 Masters win and his 1999 Ryder Cup captaincy are two of my favorite golf moments. Crenshaw's squad was down 10-6 on Saturday night with only Sunday's 12 singles matches left. "I'm a big believer in fate,'' he said that Saturday night. "I have a good feeling about tomorrow. That's all I'm gonna say.'' And his faith in his team was rewarded, as they overcame the largest final-day deficit to beat Europe 14 �-13 � . From Justin Leonard's 45-foot bomb to Payne Stewart conceding his match to Colin Montgomerie in a show of good sportsmanship -- Stewart would die less than a month later -- it was an emotional victory for the Americans and for their captain who never stopped believing.


Melanie Hauser
PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Pick: Justin Leonard/Payne Stewart in 1999 and Azinger in 1989

There are two. It's hard to pick one moment of that Sunday in Brookline. It was simply electric and watching Justin's putt still makes me smile. But when I was outside the team room talking to Justin, Payne Stewart caught my eye, nodded and gave me a thumb's up. I knew how much it meant to everyone, but especially to him. The other was at my first Ryder Cup in 1989 at The Belfry. After Zinger beat Seve Ballesteros in singles, he and I were standing near the hotel, quietly talking about the day. Zinger suddenly looked up and said, "I proved something today, didn't I." He did. To himself and everyone else.


Dave Lagarde
PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Pick: Sunday at Brookline in 1999

It's not a moment, but an entire day. I'll never forget the deafening roars that reverberated around The Country Club in 1999 when the United States made the biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history after Captain Ben Crenshaw called it Saturday night.


John Maginnes
PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Pick: Darren Clarke on the first tee in 2006 at The K Club
My first Ryder Cup was two years ago in Ireland and although there is little for the U.S. to take away from that particular trip there were some great moments. When Darren Clarke's name was called on the first tee on Friday morning there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd. For a few moments there were no Europeans or Americans, there were simply people opening their hearts to one of their own. It was as it should have been under the circumstances.


Win McMurry
Host, PGA TOUR Today

Pick: Justin Leonard's putt in 1999
Despite the controversy, I'll take the 1999 Ryder Cup with Justin Leonard's 45-footer that prompted the ecstatic U.S. fans to storm the green in elation. While it may not have been the best display of sportsmanship, it showcased the intense emotions and national pride that are associated with the Ryder Cup matches. Leonard's holed putt all but assured the victory and was the last time America won.


Scott Pianowski
The Fantasy Insider
Pick: Sunday at Brookline in 1999
I can't see how you beat the Brookline comeback in 1999. It was one of the greatest rallies in modern sports history.


Helen Ross
PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
Pick: Darren Clarke's singles win in 2006

There are so many to choose from like Justin Leonard's improbable birdie to secure an equally improbable comeback for the Americans in 1999 or Jack Nicklaus' momentus display of sportsmanship in conceding that putt to Tony Jacklin in 1969. I'm a sucker for the emotional, though, and seeing Darren Clarke dissolve in tears after his 3 & 2 victory over Zach Johnson two years ago at The K Club will always be vivid in my mind. Clarke was playing barely a month after his wife, Heather, died after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. The Ulsterman won both his Four-Ball matches and that Singles to contribute three points to a lopsided European victory before an appreciative Irish crowd. Not to mention, the ensuing celebration was pretty memorable, too -- particularly when champagne erupted from Captain Ian Woosnam's nose!


Dave Shedloski
PGATOUR.COM Senior Correspondent
Pick: Ben Crenshaw kissing the 17th green in 1999
There have been so many great moments in recent Ryder Cups, but all of them have belonged to Europe. Not that we didn't appreciate watching the emotional satisfaction of Darren Clarke two years ago or the ale-guzzling, nose-splurting celebratory exhibition by European captain Ian Woosnam. But allow us to get nostalgic. Just remembering Ben Crenshaw kissing the 17th green at The Country Club during the last American victory in 1999 brings a smile. That momentous comeback that was stirring and scintillating, but it also prompts us to wonder when the U.S. might win again. It has been awhile, no?


John Swantek
PGA TOUR Productions Fantasy Insider
Pick: Jack Nicklaus concedes putt to Tony Jacklin for a tie in 1969

It was a simple 2 �-foot putt. But when Jack Nicklaus conceded it to Tony Jacklin on the final hole of their singles match at Royal Birkdale, it grew in epic proportions. Playing in his first Ryder Cup for the heavily favored United States, and knowing that a tie in the 18th playing of the matches would allow the U.S. to retain the cup, Nicklaus simply picked up the Englishman's ball marker. U.S. Captain Sam Snead was seething, but Jack was not about to let Jacklin miss that putt to lose the Ryder Cup outright with his entire nation watching. The concession was the embodiment of the true spirit of The Ryder Cup, and an enduring legacy of the game's greatest champion.