Classic Ryder Cup encounters
A few years back, I was chatting to my BBC Radio 5 live boxing colleagues over a couple of post-fight beers and they were rather bemused to discover that my favourite event on the sporting calendar was golf's Ryder Cup.
How could someone so fascinated by a sport as visceral, dangerous and gladiatorial as boxing be in thrall to a bunch of mild-mannered chaps in matching v-necks and slacks engaging in one of the most genteel sports of all?
Well, the Ryder Cup might not be dangerous but I would argue it's about as visceral as it gets - and, due to its blow-by-blow dynamics, not entirely un-gladiatorial. Oh, and as I pointed out to my 5 live friends, unlike boxing the Ryder Cup almost always delivers, making it very much 'The Milkman' of sporting events.
Cast your eyes over the BBC Sport website's greatest Ryder Cup encounters below - and don't forget to let us know about all your favourite memories of the event.
Tony Jacklin v Jack Nicklaus, Royal Birkdale 1969
Nicklaus, playing in his first Ryder Cup, conceded a two-foot birdie putt on the last for a half that meant the match was tied for the first time in its 42-year history.
Jacklin (left) halved his match with Nicklaus after the American conceded a two-foot putt on the last
"I don't think you would have missed that putt," Nicklaus said to Jacklin afterwards, "but in these circumstances I would never give you the opportunity."
As holders, the United States retained the trophy but not everyone in Nicklaus's team was charmed by his gesture. "All the boys thought it was ridiculous to give him that putt," said Sam Snead, the US captain that year. "We went over there to win, not to be good ol' boys."
Sam Torrance v Andy North, The Belfry 1985
Europe had last won the trophy in 1958 but went into the final day leading 9-7 and blitzed the visiting Americans in the singles, winning six of the first eight matches.
Scotland's Sam Torrance had been three down against reigning US Open champion Andy North but fought back to make it all square as they stood on the 18th tee.
North found water while Torrance safely found the green in two, before being mobbed by a posse of team-mates on the fairway. Torrance made his 18-foot birdie putt before holding his putter aloft in triumph, one of the Ryder Cup's defining images.
Christy O'Connor Jr v Fred Couples, The Belfry 1989
United States skipper Raymond Floyd described his side as "the 12 greatest players in the world" at the pre-match ball and, with Europe trailing in nine of the singles matches on the final day, it looked like he might be right.
O'Connor is given a rapturous reception after his miraculous two-iron on the 18th at The Belfry
However, O'Connor pulled out a peach from 235 yards out, a two iron over water to within a few feet of the hole, before Couples muffed his nine-iron approach. O'Connor secured a point and Europe could not be beaten when Jose-Maria Canizares beat Ken Green. The match finished 14-14 and, as holders, Europe retained the trophy.
Seve Ballesteros & Jose Maria Olazabal v Paul Azinger & Chip Beck, Kiawah Island 1991
Ballesteros and Azinger had history. At The Belfry two years earlier the spiky pair had been involved in an ugly singles encounter, which left the Spaniard opining that the "American Ryder Cup side was 11 nice guys and Paul Azinger".
Both men had back-up when they met again in a foursomes during the so-called 'War on the Shore' but relations deteriorated further when Azinger accused Ballesteros of coughing each time Beck prepared to play, while the Spanish pair accused Azinger and Beck of switching balls.
Azinger denied cheating on more than one occasion, leading Seve to retort: "Oh no. Breaking the rules and cheating are two different things." For the record, Olazabal did most of the damage as he and Ballesteros ran out 2&1 victors.
Bernhard Langer v Hale Irwin, Kiawah Island 1991
After three days of bitter combat, replete with crass military metaphors and Americans decked out in desert fatigues, the 29th Ryder Cup came down to a six-foot putt in the final singles clash between American veteran Irwin and steely German Langer.
Irwin made bogey after spraying his approach right on 18, leaving Langer standing crouched over his putter, contorted into that awkward stance of his, the weight of a continent on his shoulders. If he holed his putt, the match was tied and Europe would retain the trophy. Miss it and the hosts would win the match for the first time since 1985.
Langer stalked his ball for what seemed like an eternity before prodding it a shade right of the cup, triggering delirious celebrations among the American players and fans.
Nick Faldo v Curtis Strange, Oak Hill 1995
Strange was in the middle of the 16th fairway and Faldo was in the trees. All the American had to do was find the green with his approach to go dormie with two holes to play, knowing that a half would secure the Ryder Cup for his team.
Strange, a two-time US Open champion but a controversial captain's pick, leaked his six-iron miles right - "that was the shot that killed me," he'd later say - to throw Faldo a lifeline.
Strange then missed two short par putts at 17 and 18, while Faldo hit a magnificent wedge to within four feet of the hole at the last for an unlikely win. Ireland's Philip Walton secured the overall victory for Europe when he beat Jay Haas on the final hole.
Jose Maria Olazabal v Justin Leonard, Brookline 1999
Ben Crenshaw's United States team were trailing 10-6 going into the final day's singles and staring a third successive defeat in the face. Despite the odds, Crenshaw told the media on Saturday night: "I have a good feeling about tomorrow."
Sure enough, the Americans won the first six matches, leaving Mark James's side, three of whom had not played over the first two days, hanging on for dear life.
Leonard then rallied from four holes down with seven to play to stun Olazabal, the American draining a 45-foot birdie putt at the 17th that sparked a green invasion by team-mates, caddies and wives - what European co-captain Torrance called "one of the most disgusting things I've seen in my life". The thing is, Olazabal still had a birdie putt from 25 feet, a putt he missed to hand the hosts victory by a point.
Darren Clarke & Lee Westwood v Tiger Woods & Phil Mickelson, Oakland Hills 2004
United States skipper Hal Sutton decided to pair Woods and Mickelson for the morning fourballs on the opening day only to see his two biggest stars beaten 2&1 by Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington.
Undeterred, Sutton stuck to his guns for the afternoon foursomes but looked on in horror as Woods and Mickelson threw away a three-hole lead to lose by one hole to Clarke and Westwood.
All square on the 18th tee, Mickelson had missed the fairway by 40 yards, forcing his partner to take a penalty drop and giving him no chance of reaching the green. The look Woods gave Mickelson, a picture of contempt, is now part of Ryder Cup legend. "When you put two superstars together like that," said Sutton, "there's either good karma or bad karma, there's really not anything in between."