Tuesday 12 December 2017

Who will join the Ryder roll of honour?

Irish players have a great record of being in the right place at the right time to clinch the Cup. Photo: Getty
Irish players have a great record of being in the right place at the right time to clinch the Cup. Photo: Getty

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No matter which team wins at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018, one lucky player will get to claim the honour of being 'the man who won the Ryder Cup.'

Yes, it's all about the team ethic, but a special place in the annals is reserved for the player who earns the point or maybe a half point that decides the outcome of the biennial Europe v USA clash.

Ryan Moore had a fairytale ending at Hazeltine. He backed out of a practice session at the Ryder Cup venue the previous week to rest up prior to the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Team captain Davis Love III still picked Moore, who won the last three holes on the Sunday to defeat Lee Westwood and get that winning point for America.

Irish players have a great record of being in the right place at the right time to clinch the Cup.

These men and their magic moments will never be forgotten:

1987 - Eamonn Darcy; 1989 - Christy O'Connor Jnr; 1995 - Philip Walton; 2002 - Paul McGinley and 2010 - Graeme McDowell.

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