Not surprisingly, Justin Leonard's monster putt in 1999 is still fresh in the memories of many Ryder Cup fans. (Getty Images)

A Quick Nine: Favorite Ryder Cup moments

The Ryder Cup routinely provides some of the most unforgettable moments in golf's great history. So we asked our Facebook fans in this week’s 'A Quick Nine' feature: What is your favorite Ryder Cup moment? Here is their response.

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

Many refer to the Ryder Cup as one of the most exhilarating sporting events in the world. For one week every two years, the ultimate individual sport becomes the ultimate team sport.

Luckily for all of us, that “one week every two years” just so happens to be this week, when the 38th edition of the matches takes place in City of Newport, Wales, at the Celtic Manor Resort.

The Ryder Cup routinely provides some of the most unforgettable moments in the game’s great history. In that spirit, we asked our Facebook fans in this week’s ‘A Quick Nine’ feature: What is your favorite Ryder Cup moment?

Here is what you had to say:

1. Justin Leonard’s putt at the Country Club in Brookline in 1999. Leonard completed the biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history for the Americans, who overcame a four-point deficit going into Sunday’s singles matches, when he holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. That led to an eventual halve with Jose Maria Olazabal when the Spaniard failed to convert a birdie try of his one, giving the U.S. the decisive half-point it needed to pull off the win.

Facebook fan quotes:

“Justin Leonard's putt.” -- Stoney Reynolds

“Brookline '99, Justin's putt. What else?” -- Gary Rogers

“Ben Crenshaw's "I got a feeling" comment at the press conference the night before Justin sank the big putt to crush the Euros at the Country Club.” -- Glenn Forsyth

“When Justin made the putt at Brookline!” -- John H Green Jr

“That's a no brainer, when Justin Leonard made the long putt to clinch the title in 1999!” -- Mary Jane Moore Powers

“We were at Brookline on the 16th fairway in 1999 when Justin Leonard sank his putt. The Jumbotrons were off while anyone was playing on the hole, so we couldn't see it but as soon as we heard the screams and the roar we knew someone from the US had hit something. It didn't take long for the word to spread and soon the whole course was cheering. It was electric!!!” -- Claire Primrose

“Definitely Justin Leonard's putt, and the entire comeback in '99.” -- Douglas Wruck

2. Paul Casey’s ace in 2006 at the K Club. Talk about closing out a match in style. Casey did just that when he became the first player in Ryder Cup history to win a foursomes match with a hole-in-one. Teamed up with fellow countryman David Howell, Casey put the finishing touches on a 5 and 4 rout of Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson when he holed a 4-iron from 213 yards on the par-3 14th hole at the K Club.

Facebook fan quotes:

“Paul Casey’s hole-in-one on the 14th at the K Club in 2006. Pity he didn’t get a pick this time.” -- Paul Doyle

3. Boo Weekley at Valhalla in 2008. There are few characters in the game of golf bigger than Boo Weekley. The quirky, good ‘ol boy, self-proclaimed redneck has more fun on the golf course than anyone and that certainly showed during Sunday’s singles at Valhalla when he “rode the horse” down the first fairway on his way to a 4 and 2 win over Oliver Wilson.

Facebook fan quotes:

“Boo Weekley’s bucking bronco!” -- Christian Glossop

“Boo Weekley horsing around with his golf club.” -- Laura Polk Hartsook

“Boo Weekley riding his driver down the fairway like a rocking horse.” -- Nancy Schlesinger

“Boo Weekley "Riding the pony!” -- David Wiggin

“Gotta be Boo "riding" his driver!” -- Rick Wnuk

4. Anthony Kim in Sunday’s singles against Sergio Garcia at Valhalla in 2008. In arguably the most anticipated singles match of 2008, Kim squared off against Ryder Cup stalwart Sergio Garcia. In the end, Kim dominated to the tune of a 5 and 4 victory, closing out the match on the 14th hole. Kim, however, was so much in the zone that he headed to the 15th tee not realizing he had already won the match.

Facebook fan quotes:

“Anthony Kim headed for the next tee box. That is total concentration. I'm here to play golf, next.” -- Les Page

“Favorite memory? Absolutely - 2008 when Anthony Kim trounced Sergio Garcio on the last round at Valhalla ... igniting the US team as they took back the Ryder Cup in the Heartland! Best moment of that final round? Sergio missed a critical putt on the back nine and angrily kicked over his golf bag on the next tee ... you the man, AK! Looking forward to a repeat in Wales!” -- Jim Boerger

“Anthony Kim’s great play gave the USA great motivation and a relentless spirit of drive to overcome conquer and crush the Europeans at Valhalla in 08.” -- Aaron Calsadillas

“Anthony Kim not agreeing to "good, good" in his singles match with Sergio Garcia. That gesture set the tone for that match.” -- Tom Stewart

5. Sam Torrance in 1985 at The Belfry. It was the first time since 1957 that the U.S. did not win the Ryder Cup and Scotland’s Torrance had a lot to do with that, contributing two points to the winning effort, including the clinching putt in Sunday’s singles against Andy North. Since Torrance snapped the European drought in 1985, the Europeans have won seven of the last 11 matches.

Facebook fan quotes:

“Torrance 85!!! Start of utter domination.” -- Darren Hopwood

“In 1985, Sam Torrance sank the winning putt which deprived the Americans of the trophy for the first time in twenty-eight years.” -- Carol Fell

6. Jack Nicklaus and his display of sportsmanship at Royal Birkdale in 1969. Playing in his first Ryder Cup, Nicklaus conceded a two-foot putt to Tony Jacklin after making a four-footer for par on the last green. It was a generous concession by Nicklaus, since it was far from a gimme for Jacklin.

That gesture by Nicklaus led to the first tie in Ryder Cup history (the U.S. retained the Cup since it had won in 1967). Many of Nicklaus’ teammates, as well as captain Sam Snead, however, were not pleased with his act of sportsmanship.

At the time, Nicklaus said to Jacklin, “"I don't think you would have missed that putt, but in these circumstances, I would never give you the opportunity."

Facebook fan quotes:

“Jack Nicklaus conceding the final 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin for a halve...a true class act all the way around!” -- Mark Hollinger

“How about when Jack conceded his Sunday match to halve the whole Ryder Cup? Only time it's ever ended in a tie. (Editor’s Note: Only time it ended in a tie at the time)” -- Martin Mulrenin

7. Kiawah Island’s “War on the Shore,” in 1991. The 1991 Ryder Cup was one of the most hotly contested of all time, with the Americans eventually walking away with a 14 ½-13 ½ victory after Germany’s Bernhard Langer missed a five-foot putt to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the final hole in his Sunday singles match against Hale Irwin.

Facebook fan quotes:

“‎1991 Bernard Langer's missed 5 footer to tie. I was there.” -- Bill Carder

“The War at the Shore! Nothing greater.” -- Connie Stokes

“Matches at the "War on the Shore.” -- Craig Chance Pratt 

8. The team clothing. What can you say? There have been some questionable fashion decisions by both sides over the years!

Facebook fan quote:

“The ornamental clothing is all I can think about when I see highlights. Please!!--PLEASE, have someone ELSE do the fashion.” -- Israel Escobedo

9. Darren Clarke playing in the 2006 Ryder Cup. Just a short time after the death of his wife, Heather, after a long battle with cancer, Clarke decided to play in the Ryder Cup and racked up three points in the European rout. Everyone at the K Club was touched by Clarke’s presence that week, including the American players and fans.

Facebook fan quote:

“Without doubt the Ryder Cup at the K Club, all the emotions surrounding Darren Clarke excellent stuff.” -- Adrian Vanstone

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