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Publisher's Summary

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of A Good Walk Spoiled, a dramatic chronicle of the bitterly fought 2016 Ryder Cup pitting a US team out for revenge against the Europeans determined to keep the cup out of American hands.

Coming into 2016, the Americans had lost an astounding six out of the last seven Ryder Cup matches, and tensions were running high for the showdown that took place in October 2016 in Hazeltine, Minnesota, just days after American legend Arnold Palmer had died. What resulted was one of the most raucous and heated three days in the cup's long history. Award-winning author John Feinstein takes listeners behind the scenes, providing an inside view of the dramatic stories as they unfolded: veteran Phil Mickelson's two-year roller coaster as he upended the American preparation process and helped assemble a superb team; superstar Rory McIlroy becoming the clear-cut emotional leader of the European team and his reasons for wanting to beat the US team so badly this time around; the raucous matches between McIlroy and American Patrick Reed - resulting in both incredible golf and several moments that threatened to come to blows; the return of Tiger Woods not as a player but an assistant captain and his obsession with helping the US win - which was never the case when he was playing.

John Feinstein's classic best seller, A Good Walk Spoiled, set the bar for golf books. Now Feinstein provides his unique take on the Ryder Cup, which has clearly become golf's most intense and emotional event...it's 'first Major'.

©2017 John Feinstein (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Feinstein compellingly re-creates the excitement, sometimes shot by shot, especially in the classic McIlroy-Reed singles match, which has come to be a symbol of golf at its best, both for shotmaking and sportsmanship. A great moment in golf history, vividly captured." ( Booklist)
"Golf fans love Feinstein's books because he's trusted by the pros and thus can give inside information no other journalist can capture, plus he has a flair for telling a great story.... His journalistic style of short, pithy paragraphs drives the narrative along at breakneck speed. Recommended for any sports enthusiast and a must for golfers of all handicaps." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Awesome no other words. John Feinstein is great.

John Feinstein writes a great book and performs a great audiobook. The topic left me not wanting to leave my car to listen to more of the book. I must have gotten this one done faster than any other audio book I've ever read. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I can't wait for the next Feinstein book.

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Fantastic

Great read (listen) for all golf fans, but enough human interest stories for a non fan. Can't wait for 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris.

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Best golf book I have read

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While the title sounds specific to the 2016 Ryder Cup the author dives so much deeper into the world and history of golf. The entire book reads as a history lesson about the Ryder Cup and current and past players.

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Good retelling of a Great Story

not much new ground was broken but still a good and interesting story. Feinstein definitely comes across as a fan of anything that is not American but does not hinder the story. i would recommend ...

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Great for any sports fan

Top notch for any sports fan, but especially golf fans... If you love the Masters and other majors try it out. You'll have a new favorite event

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Great golf story

What did you love best about The First Major?

Feinstein provides additional detail behind the scenes for both teams

Who was your favorite character and why?

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Stories on Saturday night leading up to Sunday single matches.

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Kuchar's story

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Behind the scenes at the Ryder Cup

An in depth look at the complexity of fielding a competitive team. We'll done Mr Feinstein

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John Feinstein is a GREAT Storyteller

If you like golf, you’re probably already familiar with John Feinstein and there’s little I need to say to convince you. He is a great storyteller and this is a great story. I highly recommend it.

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Excellent golf story

As usual, John Feinstein paints a terrific picture with historical notation and wonderful storytelling. This is a great read for any fan of golf.

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Fantastic book

An amazing account of the Ryder cup that as a golf fan, gave me such perspective of the behind the scenes machinations of the event. I think that even if a reader were not a golf fan, this book would still be as fascinating. This is one of those books I will relisten to in a few years and enjoy just as much.

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Excellent audiobook

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Particularly like the way John introduces a player, and hen goes into his history. Some great insights especially into past Ryder cups. Occasionally repeats himself, but this a minor gripe. Overall for a golfer this is fascinating, and made several dull car journeys fly by. As John’s golf books go, this is second favourite. Open (about bethpage) was in my opinion the best. Anyone who’s ever had any interest in Ryder cup will enjoy this.