Ahead of the Ryder Cup at GlenEagles in September, GiveMeSport looks at the greatest partnerships in the history of the famous competition.

10. Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy

The Northern Irish pair have been hugely successful in the last decade in world golf. Their record of two wins, three losses and one half may not be that impressive but their passion and ability to inspire others gets them a place on the list.

9. Peter Oosterhuis and Nick Faldo

The English duo first paired up in 1977 and won two matches in the tournament, including their defeat of huge favourites Jack Nicklaus and Ray Floyd in the fourballs.

8. Phil Michelson and Keegan Bradley

These American players are always a crowd favourite and delivered a brilliant run of performances in the 2012 competition. Beating Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia as well as beating McDowell and McIlroy in the same day gets them the nod at number eight.

7. Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam

Faldo and Woosnam won three and a half points from four in the 1987 Ryder Cup with Europe under lots of pressure. The two British greats fought back from behind to lead Europe to a famous victory.

6. Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood

Clarke and Westwood always give their heart and soul for Europe and when they play together they raise the excitement of the competition.

They have achieved six wins and only two losses in their Ryder Cup record which includes three wins and no losses against American giant Tiger Woods.

5. Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia 

Englishman Donald and Spaniard Garcia are certainly a formidable Ryder Cup pairing. They won all four foursomes matches they played in 2004 and 2006 with Garcia's long game combining with Donald's short game as they became almost impossible to beat.

4. Arnold Palmer and Gardner Dickinson

This American pairing won all five matches they have played together in the Ryder Cup. They also inspired the USA to the biggest winning margin in the 1967 competition, beating Europe 23 and a half to eight and a half.

3. Colin Montgomerie and Bernard Langer

They may have lost their first match together in 1997 but the Scottish and German pairing went unbeaten after that. They went on to win five and draw one of their remaining six matches together.

2. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson

When you put two golfing heavyweights together success is more expected than hoped for. That proved to be right when Americans Nicklaus and Watson were paired together. They have scored four wins from four matches and have never played past the 16th hole in an incredible record.

1. Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal

This Spanish duo are respected by golf fans all over the world and they started their Ryder Cup partnership by leading Europe to their first ever win in the United States in 1987. Their record of 11 wins, two losses and two halves is a remarkable achievement and these two players have gone down in history as legends of the competition.

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