Par for the Course

September 27, 2009 1:16 AM

Bittersweet Anniversary

It was 10 years ago today that one of the most remarkable comebacks in golf history occurred at the 33rd Ryder Cup match in Massachusetts. It was dubbed the "Battle of Brookline" and saw the American team rally from four points down on the final day of play.
With Ben Crenshaw telling everyone that he had a feeling about Sunday's finale his team charged out on Sunday and won the first seven matches to take a 13-10 lead. Jim Furyk defeated Sergio Garcia and Justin Leonard halved his match against Jose Maria Olazabal with an incredible putt on 17 to seal the biggest come from behind win in Ryder Cup history.
With the Cup secured with a 14.5-13.5 win, Payne Stewart conceded the final hole to Colin Montgomerie in a sportsmanlike gesture that would be the pinnacle of Stewart's career as Stewart would perish in a plane crash just one month later.
Even now, 10 years and four Cup matches later, the magic of that day carries forward. It will likely be remembered for many years to come and may very well go down as the greatest match in the history of the Ryder Cup.

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