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Tiger's putt was better than most, not better than all.
The 1999 Ryder Cup will go down as one of the most controversial and talked about events in golf history, not bad for an "exhibition."
Justin Leonard's Sunday singles match against José María Olazábal was reflective of the entire day for the American team.
The American team was down big at the beginning of the day. Justin Leonard fell down big to start his match.
The American team began to come back, giving themselves a real chance at winning. Justin Leonard did the same.
This was one of the last matches on the course and by the time it reached the 17th green, there was a strong sense from both teams that the result of this match could decide the Ryder Cup.
Leonard and Olazábal were both on the wrong side of a multi-tiered green. Leonard was the first to play.
He hit his putt right on line with the hole with a lot of speed. Had it not gone in, it would have likely rolled for several more feet. It did go in, and when it did, it triggered a reaction more commonly seen on a baseball field after a team has won the World Series.
After a while, order was restored. Olazábal missed his putt, which clinched the cup for the American side. Olazábal did win the final hole to get a half-point for his team, but it didn't matter.
Now, the American players and wives should not have reacted the way that they did. With that said, it was a spur of the moment celebration that for a lot of reasons had little to no impact on who won the 1999 Ryder Cup.
Still, to this day, the Europeans (and many Americans) complain about what happened on that green.
A few things are assured.
One, even though Leonard has a British Open and a Player's Championship to his credit, his career will always be defined by that putt, and nobody can say anything to diminish how great a putt that was.
Two, this putt was the most famous moment from the most talked about Ryder Cup in history. Not only is it the most talked about Ryder Cup, it's one of the most talked about tournaments.
Three, this putt will be shown long after Justin Leonard and anyone else associated with it are gone.
The putt itself was the ridiculous, the celebration was ridiculous, the reaction to the putt was ridiculous, and the reaction to the celebration was ridiculous.
Regardless of what side of the Atlantic Ocean that you are on, this was the most ridiculous putt in the history of golf.