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The 51 greatest Ryder Cup photos of all time

The Ryder Cup is a one-of-a-kind golf event that brings some of the world's best golfers together for a week of friendly competition, which makes it ripe for compelling photographs. There are trans-Atlantic bragging rights, champagne showers and a historic trophy at stake.

We went through thousands of historical photos from the Ryder Cup to find our favorites.

Here they are:

Unless otherwise noted, photographs are from PGA of America archives.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth of the United States celebrate after Reed holes out for eagle at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed celebrate Reed holing out from the fairway on the sixth hole during the four-ball matches for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

David Feherty, Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd at the 1991 Ryder Cup

David Feherty waves behind Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd at Kiawah in 1991.

Paul McGinley celebrates Europe's win in the 2002 Ryder Cup.

Paul McGinley celebrates the 2002 Ryder Cup with a jump into the pond.

Tiger Woods at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

A classic Tiger Woods fist-pump at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

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Hunter Mahan reacts to sinking his putt on hole 17 during the singles matches at the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on Sunday, September 21, 2008.

Hunter Mahan sinks a putt on the 17th hole during the singles matches at the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in 2008. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/The PGA of America)

Miguel Angel Jimenez at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Miguel Angel Jimenez at the 2014 Ryder Cup. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

The Europe team cheers after winning the 38th Ryder Cup at the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, on Monday, October 4, 2010.

The European team celebrates its victory in the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in 2010.

(Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Amy and Phil Mickelson walk up the fairway wrapped in an American flag after the U.S. Ryder Cup Team victory during the singles matches at the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on Sunday, September 21, 2008.

Amy and Phil Mickelson walk up the fairway after the American victory at Valhalla in 2008. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/The PGA of America)

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Bob Jones, Tom Walsh and Walter Hagen pose with the Ryder Cup at the 1941 Ryder Cup.

Bob Jones, Tom Walsh and Walter Hagen with the Ryder Cup in 1941.

Seve Ballesteros in the 1991 Ryder Cup

Seve Ballesteros birdies the 15th at Kiawah Island in 1991. (photograph by Stephen Munday)

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth at the 2014 Ryder Cup. (Photograph by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Ian Poulter at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Ian Poulter at the 2014 Ryder Cup. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Jim Furyk celebrates during Friday's four-ball matches at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Jim Furyk celebrates at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Matt Kuchar of the United States hits his tee shot on the first tee during the fourball matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.

Matt Kuchar hits a tee shot to begin the four-ball matches at Gleneagles in 2014. (Photo by Kat Griggs/The PGA of America)

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US Players Skip Alexander and Ben Hogan and British Player Dai Rees at the ninth Ryder Cup at the Pinehurst country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina. November, 1951.

Americans Skip Alexander and Ben Hogan and British player Dai Rees during the Ryder Cup at Pinehurst in 1951.

Soren Hansen reacts to his shot on hole 16 during afternoon fourball at the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on Friday, September 19, 2008.
Bernhard Langer agonizes over a missed putt in 1991.

Bernhard Langer agonizes over a missed putt against Hale Irwin on Sunday at Kiawah.

Bernhard Langer at the 1991 Ryder Cup.

The European team cheers Bernhard Langer in defeat at Kiawah in 1991.

Padraig Harrington, Captain Ian Woosnam and Luke Donald celebrating after the European team wins the Ryder Cup held at The K-Club in Straffan, Ireland. Sunday, September 24, 2006.

Padraig Harrington, Captain Ian Woosnam and Luke Donald celebrating after the European team won the 2006 Ryder Cup.

Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal size up at putt at Kiawah.

Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal size up at putt at Kiawah.

A.J. Lacey driving from the 16th tee during stroke competition at Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club at the 1931 Ryder Cup.

A.J. Lacey during stroke competition at Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club at the 1931 Ryder Cup.

Martin Kaymer sinks the winning putt at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Martin Kaymer sinks the winning putt at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Rickie Fowler of the United States hits a shot out of the rough on eight during the foursome matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.

Rickie Fowler hits a shot out of the rough at Gleneagles in 2014. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Captain Jack Nickaus during the 25th Ryder Cup held at The PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. October 14-16, 1983.

Captain Jack Nickaus (with a beard!) during the 25th Ryder Cup at The PGA National Golf Club in 1983.

Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on hole 1 during the morning foursomes at the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on Friday, September 19, 2008.

Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot during the morning foursomes at Valhalla in 2008. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Lee Trevino with Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1973 Ryder Cup.

Lee Trevino with Chi Chi Rodriguez at the 1973 Ryder Cup.

Patrick Reed at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Patrick Reed electrifies Hazeltine at the 2016 Ryder Cup. (Photograph by Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports Images)

The U.S. team celebrates during the 33rd Ryder Cup held at The Country Club in Brookline in Massachusetts from September 24-26, 1999.

The U.S. team celebrates during the 33rd Ryder Cup at The Country Club in 1999. (Photography by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

Anthony Kim (R) and his mother (L) celebrate the U.S. Ryder Cup Team victory on the clubhouse balcony at the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on Sunday, September 21, 2008.

Anthony Kim and his mother celebrate the U.S. Ryder Cup Team victory on the clubhouse balcony at Valhalla in 2008. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Bernhard Langer, Paul Way and Ian Woosnam on the roof during the 26th Ryder Cup held at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. September 13-15, 1985.

Bernhard Langer, Paul Way and Ian Woosnam on the roof during the 26th Ryder Cup held at The Belfry in 1985.

European Team Members celebrate winning the 38th Ryder Cup at the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, on Monday, October 4, 2010.

European players celebrate their win in 2010. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

The British Team portrait for the Inaugural Ryder Cup at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts, June 3-4,1927.

The British team portrait for the inaugural Ryder Cup at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts, June 3-4, 1927.

Justin Leonard celebrates during the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Justin Leonard celebrates during the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and others watch the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Zach John, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar crack up during the 2016 matches. (Photo by Scott Hallaren/PGA of America)

U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger in the crowd with the Ryder Cup trophy following the closing ceremony of the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on Sunday, September 21, 2008.

U.S. Captain Paul Azinger at Valhalla in 2008. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Tiger Woods hits from the crowd on the eighteenth hole during the continuation of Friday's fourball matches at the 38th Ryder Cup at the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, on Saturday, October 2, 2010.

Tiger Woods (with Cigar Guy at right) plays a four-ball match in the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in 2010. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Paul Way, Captain Tony Jacklin and Sam Torrance celebrating on the roof during the 26th Ryder Cup held at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. September 13-15, 1985.

Paul Way, captain Tony Jacklin and Sam Torrance celebrate the 1985 Ryder Cup.

Payne Stewart and caddie during the 27th Ryder Cup held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. September 25-27, 1987.

Payne Stewart and his caddie at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 1987.

A golfer tees off at the 1991 Ryder Cup.

Payne Stewart tees off at the 1991 Ryder Cup.

 

Sam Snead, US Captain, and Eric Brown, European Captain, with the Ryder Cup Trophy at the 18th Ryder Cup matches held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. September 18-20, 1969.

Captain Sam Snead and European captain Eric Brown at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in 1969.

Bubba Watson during the session four singles matches at the 38th Ryder Cup at the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, on Monday, October 4, 2010.

Bubba Watson at Celtic Manor in 2010. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Rickie Fowler, pictured alone (center), poses with Ryder Cup USA at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

*Shrugs* (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Unknown player reacts during the 27th Ryder Cup held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. September 25-27, 1987.

Disappointment at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 1987.

European Captain Tony Jacklin and USA Captain Jack Nicklaus during the 27th Ryder Cup held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. September 25-27, 1987.

European Captain Tony Jacklin and  Jack Nicklaus at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 1987.

Fred Couples reacts to his shot at the 1991 Ryder Cup.

Fred Couples reacts to his shot at the 1991 Ryder Cup.

Brian Huggett during the 18th Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England, Setember 18-20, 1969.

Brian Huggett during the 18th Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in 1969.

Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk hits a golf ball from on the Eiffel Tower during the Captains’ PR Stunt during the Ryder Cup Year To Go Celebration at the Eiffel Tower on October 17, 2017 in Paris, France.

Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk hit from the Eiffel Tower during the Ryder Cup Year-To-Go Celebration in Paris. 

(Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

European Team celebrates its win in the 2002 Ryder Cup.

The European Team celebrates its win in the 2002 Ryder Cup.

Lanny Wadkins during the 28th Ryder Cup Matches held at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. September 22-24, 1989.

Lanny Wadkins at The Belfry in 1989. (Photograph by Frank Christian/PGA of America)

The 1991 American Ryder Cup team on the beach at Kiawah.

The victorious American team on the beach at Kiawah in 1991.

Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth celebrate the 2016 Ryder Cup victory.

Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth celebrate the 2016 Ryder Cup victory. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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