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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:

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.

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

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

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

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Hunter Mahan sinks a putt on the 17th hole during the singles matches at the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in 2008.

Miguel Angel Jimenez at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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

Amy and Phil Mickelson walk up the fairway after the American victory at Valhalla in 2008.

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

Seve Ballesteros birdies the 15th at Kiawah Island in 1991.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Ian Poulter at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Jim Furyk celebrates at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Matt Kuchar hits a tee shot to begin the four-ball matches at Gleneagles in 2014.

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

Soren Hansen during the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla.

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

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 won the 2006 Ryder Cup.

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

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.

Rickie Fowler hits a shot out of the rough at Gleneagles in 2014.

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 during the morning foursomes at Valhalla in 2008.

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

Patrick Reed electrifies Hazeltine at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The U.S. team celebrates during the 33rd Ryder Cup at The Country Club in 1999.

Anthony Kim and his mother celebrate the U.S. Ryder Cup Team victory on the clubhouse balcony at Valhalla in 2008.

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

European players celebrate their win in 2010.

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.

Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Zach John, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar crack up during the 2016 matches.

U.S. Captain Paul Azinger at Valhalla in 2008.

Tiger Woods (with Cigar Guy at right) plays a four-ball match in the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in 2010.

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

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

Payne Stewart tees off at the 1991 Ryder Cup.

 

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

Bubba Watson at Celtic Manor in 2010.

*Shrugs*

Disappointment at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 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.

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

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

 

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

Lanny Wadkins at The Belfry in 1989.

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

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