15 of our favorite Ryder Cup moments

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Ryder Cups produce loads of great moments. Here are 15 of our favorites from the Ryder Cup USA victory at Hazeltine in 2016.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, December 05, 2016 | 11:17 a.m.

It's a bummer that the Ryder Cup is played only once every two years.

Thanks to all the highlights the matches produce, however, I think it's fair to say there's enough to look back on to hold us over for 24 months. Don't you think?

With the year winding down, we figured it was a great chance to look back at the incredible week that was at the end of September-beginning of October in Chaska, Minn., at Hazeltine National, which saw Ryder Cup USA win for the first time since 2008.

The matches had countless great moments, but here are 15 of our absolute favorites.

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15. The American heckler who drained a putt in Thursday's practice round and taking $100 off Justin Rose in the process. We'd never condone heckling on the course (unless you're with buddies -- then it's encouraged), but this was all in good fun. We're not saying the putt the spectator made here set the tone for the USA at Hazeltine, but we're not saying it didn't either.

 

 

14. The atmosphere on the first tee. What a spectacle. Thousands of fans filling the stands, lining the ropes and singing, cheering and chanting all week long. It was fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. The Arnold Palmer remembrance wall attached to the merchandise tent and his bag from 1975 on the first tee. Sadly, Ryder Cup week began just as we learned that the King passed away on Sept. 25 at the age of 87. Both teams, as well as fans, made sure the King's spirit was remembered throughout Ryder Cup week. All of it was such a nice touch -- especially the aforementioned wall where those on site could leave a personal message to Palmer... The wall also traveled to New York for the PGA of America's Annual Meeting in mid-November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, onto particular shots and reactions we loved.

12. Brandt Snedeker fired up. You don't see Sneds like this every week.

 

 

 

 

11. The USA's Friday morning, opening session sweep -- something that hadn't been done in a Ryder Cup since 1975... when Arnold Palmer was the captain (which made this extra special).

 

 

10. When Spieth and Reed removed their hats and placed their right hand over their heart as fans serenaded them with the National Anthem right in the middle of a match. How cool was that?

 

 

9. Bubba Watson's post-win interview. It wouldn't be far-fetched to call the omission of Watson on the USA team a "snub." He was the No. 7-ranked player in the world and did not receive any of Captain Davis Love III's four captain's picks. Instead of moping about it, Watson asked to be a vice captain so he could help the team in any capacity that was needed. He lived up to those words. And he gave a touching interview after the victory for a guy who probably should have deserved to be playing that week instead of driving a golf cart around.

 

 

8. Matt Kuchar's long birdie putt at the par-3 13th hole in Saturday afternoon's Fourballs session. The putt. The reaction. Awesome.

 

 

7. Spieth's, "that's really good, guys" call of an approach shot he hit first thing Saturday morning in the foursomes session. I guess he knew.

 

 

6. Spieth's reaction to pretty much everything his partner, Reed, was doing throughout the week... including this one on No. 7 Saturday.

 

 

5. Reed's hole-out on No. 6 Saturday and the ensuing celebration. Should Reed not qualify for a team on points in the next 10 years, I'm pretty sure he locked up his captain's pick based on his 2014 and 2016 performances. Just off the charts good.

 

 

Let's keep the Reed trend rolling...

4. Reed and Rory McIlroy's epic Sunday singles match. Most notably, the two trading birdies and antics at No. 8.

 

 

3. Reed's 1-up win over McIlroy in that singles match to secure the first point for the USA in the Sunday singles. Reed wanted Europe's best player. He got him. And he beat him.

 

 

2. The Mickelson/Sergio Garcia halved singles match. In all, it saw a mind-blowing 19 birdies made between the pair in 18 holes, including this one from Mickelson on No. 18 (his 10th of the day) to secure the halve.

 

 

1. The USA celebration. Pretty sweet that the decisive point for the USA was secured by Ryan Moore, an 11th hour captain's pick. And, when you haven't won since 2008, the celebration is going to be special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.