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BAMBERGER: When Calc hit that shot into the water on 17, Johnny Miller said, "That might've been the strangest shot by a pro that I've ever seen." That was a wake-up call on the level of pressure that exists in the Ryder Cup.
MORFIT: There was something about Monty in those matches. He was hard to take and hard to beat.
SHIPNUCK: There are some guys you want to beat so bad, they take you out of your game. You think, God, this guy is irritating, I can't wait to drill him. And the next thing you know you're 2 down. Monty had a lot of Danny Ainge in him.
VAN SICKLE: My favorite moment was the foursomes match in which Azinger and Chip Beck got caught switching to a ball with a different compression. Early on the front nine, Seve Ballesteros hit a ball into the foliage. A search ensued and 20 seconds after the match official announced that the allotted five minutes were up, Seve's ball was found—and he was allowed to play it. Azinger was irate. That typified the shenanigans that went on and only inflamed the already hard feelings between the teams.
SHIPNUCK: My favorite images are the photos afterward, when captain Dave Stockton and all the players in their blue blazers and bare feet waded into the surf to celebrate. They had some colorful personalities—Azinger, Payne Stewart, Raymond Floyd, Lanny Wadkins. The look on their faces was pure joy. On a lot of teams, the winners simply look relieved. I could look at those pictures all day.
MORFIT: Wasn't that the Ryder Cup during which Corey Pavin and others wore camouflage hats in honor of Desert Storm?
VAN SICKLE: That's right. Those teams did not like each other. The rivalry had escalated in '89, when clearly there was no love lost between the captains, Tony Jacklin and Raymond Floyd.
BAMBERGER: Those were real Euros then too, not the nine-months-in-America Euros like we have now. There was Seve, José Maria, Monty, Faldo, Woosnam. Our boss, Jim Herre, came up with the War by the Shore catchphrase. Some weeks after the event, I got a note from Herb Wind, the famed golf writer. He wrote, "I used to think of the Ryder Cup as a nice golfing get-together. Not anymore."
VAN SICKLE: Despite this streak of different winners in the majors, we still have four prominent majorless stars: Luke Donald, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Lee Westwood. Who is most likely to get his major, and who's most likely to fail?