The greatest acts of sportsmanship ranked

Ronnie O’Sullivan was praised for his sportsmanship during his quarter-final defeat to Stuart Bingham at the World Snooker Championship.

The commentator even went so far as to call it “the greatest piece of sportsmanship ever.” Was this an exaggeration or justified?

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1. Jack Nicklaus, 1969 Ryder Cup

After three days of battle at the Royal Birkdale club in Southport, the Ryder Cup came down to the 18th green of the match between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. Nicklaus holed his par putt to ensure the United States would retain the trophy, leaving Jacklin with a nasty three-footer to halve the match. To everyone’s surprise, Nicklaus simply picked up Jacklin’s ball and conceded the putt. “I don’t think you would have missed it, but I didn’t want to give you the chance either,” he told Jacklin.