Melee in America
Sept. 26, 1999 - Justin Leonard sank 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 captured 8½ of a possible 12 points in singles play for the 14½-13½ victory.
Trailing Jose Maria Olazabel by four holes with seven left, Leonard won his next four holes to square the match. When he made his birdie putt at the 17th hole, his teammates and fans celebrated on the green, angering the Europeans, as Olazabel still had a 25-foot birdie putt that could have tied the hole. When Olazabel missed, the U.S. victory was 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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