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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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WOW

Amazing insight to an awesome rivalry. The only problem I have with it is that I finished in 2 days and now have nothing to look forward to on my long drives. I’d recommend to anyone, not just golf fans!

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Great story, must listen!<br />

The Ryder Cup in 2016 is one of my favorite golf memories, this book and re-living the event through the author's perspective makes it even better... loved it.

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  • Richard
  • 11-16-17

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.