The end of the last Ryder Cup can look frightening on television. Hunter Mahan conceded on the 17th hole at Celtic Manor, and what began with teammates rushing over to congratulate Graeme McDowell turned into a mob. It was like ants converging on a morsel of food.
And it was pure joy for McDowell.
There can be no greater feeling than delivering the clinching point in the Ryder Cup, to the point where it has become a badge of honor. There even was some debate in 2004 whether it was Colin Montgomerie or Ian Poulter who was in the decisive match. Montgomerie gets the credit.
Years ago, a reporter was curious about the celebration of winning the Ryder Cup, and how that must feel for the losing player in the match. The reporter brought up the image of Sam Torrance, who simply raised both arms as Europe ended a 28-year losing streak. Trouble is he mentioned this to Andy North.
''That was me that he beat,'' North said. ''Thanks for bringing that up.''
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