David Feherty's Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup: A Hardly Definitive, Completely Cockeyed, But Absolutely Loving Look at Golf's Most Exciting Event

David Feherty's Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup: A Hardly Definitive, Completely Cockeyed, But Absolutely Loving Look at Golf's Most Exciting Event

by David Feherty, James A. Frank
     
 

What began in 1927 as a friendly competition between the best golfers from the United States and Great Britain has evolved into the most action-packed, gut-wrenching, and nail-biting event in the game-and possibly in all of sport. For three days every two years, twenty-four of the world's best battle both as partners and as individuals, vying not for prize money but…  See more details below

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What began in 1927 as a friendly competition between the best golfers from the United States and Great Britain has evolved into the most action-packed, gut-wrenching, and nail-biting event in the game-and possibly in all of sport. For three days every two years, twenty-four of the world's best battle both as partners and as individuals, vying not for prize money but for national pride. It is an experience that makes them weak in the knees, and more than one grizzled veteran has admitted to spending the moments before teeing off exorcising his demons into the toilet.

This "history" of the game's most exciting tournament looks beyond the team lineups and final scores to uncover the personalities and stories that made every playing of the biennial matches a war of wits. From the practical jokes in the locker rooms to the strategic decisions that won (and lost) crucial matches, Feherty-who played on the 1991 Ryder Cup team for Europe-provides an insight and an outlook that no one else can match. Or would dare try.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590710326
Publisher:
Rugged Land, LLC
Publication date:
08/07/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
8.96(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.10(d)

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At Kaiwah, the Europeans were all crammed together in the ladies' locker room, which was so small, you had to go outside to change your mind. But inside, it was great because there were players you'd admired your entire career, and essentially they were hanging in your every movement. Normally players are secretly delighted when someone drops a shot, but in the Ryder Cup you genuinely want someone else to do fantastically well. Golf is definitely not a team game-- you're in charge of your own head-- but the Ryder Cup offers a different dimension. Inside the team room things happen that don't at any other time. The players-- even the stars-- are willing for once to let their vulnerability show. You can say, "Anyone else feel awful?" and there'll be "yeahs" from all around the room.

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