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Ryder Cup uniforms: 5 times the American team wore it well

One of the most fun elements of the Ryder Cup as a fan is seeing what the team uniforms will look like throughout the week.

It's also an element that Captain's dread because they're on the hook for selecting the outfits and which day the team will wear them. 

Through the years there have been dull uniforms, fun uniforms and downright gaudy uniforms, but in most cases they leave us with something to talk about. Plus, week in and week out, you get so used to seeing players in the same type of gear from the same company that Ryder Cup week is a chance to see them in something else. 

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Here's a look at five of the best U.S. uniforms over the last 40 years.

5. 1993 Sunday Singles

Why?: Check out that sweater Davis Love III is wearing. That thing is sweet. Big 'ole Ryder Cup Trophy right in the middle of it. As it turns out, that 1993 Ryder Cup marked the end of an era for the Americans, though no one knew it at the time. The Americans were victorious that year at the Belfry, 15-13. Europe would win at Oak Hill in 1995 and the Americans have won only twice since (1999, 2008).


4. 1985 Pre-Ryder Cup 
Why?:
Those outfits mean business. Love the contrast of the navy blue shirt with the bright red Sansabelt pants, don't you? Unfortunately for this USA team, their respective games weren't nearly as sharp as this outfit. They lost to Europe 16 1/2-11 1/2 at the Belfry -- the first U.S. loss since the 1957 matches at Lidrick in Yorkshire, England.   


3. 2010 Day 2 
Why?:
That lavender sweater vest Rickie Fowler is rocking says it all. Paired up with the throwback big collar on the white polo and the black, pin-striped pants, this look just screamed "style." It was one of the few times that week at Celtic Manor in Wales that we were able to see the players in something other than raingear. In a closely contested battle, Europe came out on top 14 1/2-13 1/2, avenging their 2008 loss at Valhalla.


2. 2014 Day 2
Why?:
This get-up isn't just about those amazing sweaters featuring the U.S. flag. How about the blue and green tartan pants? It was a nod to the country where the game was born -- Scotland -- and where the matches where being played for the first time since 1973. Fantastic look. Europe was victorious in these matches at Gleneagles Hotel's PGA Centenary Course, 16 1/2-11 1/2. It was the most lopsided win in the Ryder Cup since Europe sprinted past the U.S. 18 1/2-9 1/2 at the K Club in Ireland in 2006.


1. 1999 Sunday Singles
Why?:
Some have called these shirts -- how do you say -- "not the prettiest" in Ryder Cup history. To each his own. Because of what was accomplished in these threads, that's why they're the best. Always respectful of the game's history, then Captain Ben Crenshaw put a lot of thought into these shirts, which featured photographs of past winning U.S. Ryder Cup teams. It's as if the shirts were foreshadowing for what -- at the time -- would be a day like no other in Ryder Cup history at the Country Club in Brookline. Trailing 10-6 going into the final day's singles matches -- a previously insurmountable deficit at the Ryder Cup -- the U.S. rallied for the historic come-from-behind win, 14 1/2-13 1/2. Europe matched that remarkable feat in 2012 at Medinah, stunning the Americans with a 14 1/2-13 1/2 win of their own after entering the final day down four points.