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Ranking Jordan Spieth's Travelers Championship celebration among golf's all-time reactions

June 26, 2017
Travelers Championship - Final Round

Maddie Meyer

Golf is not a style-over-substance sport, especially when it comes to celebrations. Perhaps no game has produced such poor triumphant gestures, often highlighted -- er, lowlighted -- by the failed high five. So when a player properly executes an emotional outburst it's, well, cause for celebration, as noted by Jordan Spieth's fit of revelry during Sunday's playoff at the Travelers Championship.

Which got us thinking: where does Spieth's celebration rank among golf's all-time reactions? A highly unofficial list:

Honorable Mention -- Heckler, 2016 Ryder Cup

Okay, technically not from tournament play. Conversely, this might have been the moment where the Europeans lost the cup at Hazeltine.

No. 10 -- Seve Ballesteros, 1984 Open Championship

Simple, yet thunderous. Spastic, but elegant. Long live Seve.

No. 9 -- Larry Mize, 1987 Masters

Larry's leap would be higher on the list, but loses points for its "Hey, no running!" speed-walk ending.

No. 8 -- Paul Azinger, 1993 Memorial

In hindsight, the sand angel would have been the play.

No. 7 -- Tiger Woods, 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Phil Mickelson might have been the golfer with baseball aspirations, but pretty sure Tiger's hat throw clocked in at 92 mph on the radar gun.

No. 6 -- Costantino Rocca, 1995 Open Championship

Raw, unfeigned emotion, as if Rocca was possessed by a spirt. That it came after a muffed chip makes it all the merrier.

No. 5 -- Jordan Spieth, 2017 Travelers Championship

The chest pump left a tad to be desired -- Spieth went for the reverse, Michael Greller the straightforward standard -- but negated by the simultaneous wedge-n-rake toss. Teamwork makes the dream work.

No. 4 -- Phil Mickelson, 2004 Masters

You couldn't fit a tennis ball between Phil's peak and the ground, yet a moment so iconic it warranted a logo.

No. 3 -- Tiger Woods, 2008 U.S. Open

Between this and the Bay Hill outburst, this was the year Tiger avenged his high-five fail at the 2005 Masters.

No. 2 -- Hale Irwin, 1990 U.S. Open

Brought the love to the fans and sealed it with a kiss. Only way Irwin could have topped that is by running through the gallery and off the course with his hand touching the sky.

No. 1 -- Justin Leonard, 1999 Ryder Cup

Aside from a Jimmy Buffet concert, you'll never see so many poorly-dressed, middle-aged white dudes overcome with such rapture.