The best golf images of 2017

There are few more sports more pleasing to the eye than golf, as the following 15 images highlight beautifully.

From powerful backdrops and even more powerful emotions, to historic moments captured for posterity, each of those photographs has something special to say.

Jeunghun Wang strikes a pose at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Justin Thomas celebrates shooting 59 at the Sony Open

Dustin Johnson announces his last minute withdrawal from the Masters

The moment Sergio Garcia finally won his first major at the Masters

Charley Hoffman in silhouette at the Hero World Challenge

A young fan gets up close and personal with the Claret Jug

A tearful Jason Day withdraws from the WGC-Dell Match Play over his ill mother

Sergio meets a koala in Australia

A dramatic shot of Russell Henley during the final round of the US Open at Erin Hills

Tiger Woods meets Obama at the Presidents Cup

Team USA take a selfie after winning the Presidents Cup

What victory looks like at the Solheim Cup

Ian Poulter meets the locals at the Nedbank Challenge

A victory shower for Branden Grace

Justin Rose and his caddie Mark Fulcher celebrate victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions