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Monday, September 27, 2004
America wins the 1999 Ryder Cup
By Mike Puma
Special to

Sept. 26, 1999

Justin Leonard sinks a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., helping bring the Ryder Cup back to the U.S. with the most improbable comeback in the competition's history. The Europeans led 10-6 heading into the final day, but the Americans capture 8 of a possible 12 points in singles play for the 14-13 victory.

Trailing Jose Maria Olazabel by four holes with seven left, Leonard wins his next four holes to square the match. When he makes his birdie putt at the 17th hole, his teammates and fans celebrate on the green, angering the Europeans, as Olazabel still has a 25-foot birdie putt that could tie the hole. When Olazabel misses, the U.S. victory is official.

"This was history being made today and we all wanted to be a part of that," said U.S. team member Hal Sutton. "This is the greatest moment in golf right now."

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