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March 31, 2017

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Team Europe's victory caps most drama-filled Ryder Cup in memory

CHICAGO -- Americans are calling it the Meltdown at Medinah or the Choke in Chicago. To Europeans it is the Miracle at Medinah or the Charge in Chicago.

From either perspective, the 39th Ryder Cup that ended Sunday at Medinah Country Club just outside Chicago provided plenty of drama.

The European team came from a huge deficit after the first two days to rout the Americans on Sunday, winning the coveted cup for the seventh time in the last nine biennial matches.

For an ordinary (American) fan, like me, there were plenty of highlights "outside the ropes" too. Here are a few of my favorites from a remarkable weekend of golf.

Best Cheer

The American chant of "USA, USA" and the European cheer of "Ole, Ole, Ole" are Ryder Cup staples. But some cheers from the crowd were more creative.

I especially liked one cheer for American golfer Bubba Watson, a crowd favorite. Watson combines a working man's persona with an exciting style of play and was the winner of this year's Masters. The Bubba cheer went: "Give me a B ... Give me an ubba ... What does it spell? BUBBA."

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