Posts Tagged ‘Ryder Cup’

Golf Books #270 (The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup)

Apr 4th

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled returns to golf with a riveting inside look at the 2016 Ryder Cup—the mega-tournament pitting the United States against Europe, and one of the most exciting and highly watched tournaments of all time.

As a golf tournament, the Ryder Cup is unique—pitting the greatest American and European golfers against one another in a contest that emphasizes team over individual victory. Tensions have flared in recent years as the Europeans have dominated the tournament—setting up the fierce showdown of the 2016 Ryder Cup. As a #1 New York Times bestselling sports journalist John Feinstein had a tee-side spot and personal access to all the players from both sides. What results is a riveting book that covers a superb tournament, played in the United States for the first time since 2008 (at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota).

In true Feinstein style, he takes readers through the team selection, preparation, travel, and, with incredible detail, the riveting matches among the very best players in the world. From Rory McIlroy to Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson to Phil Mickelson, Feinstein delves into the side stories and skirmishes, the camaraderie and challenges that ultimately led to a superb tournament for the American team. Feinstein’s mega-bestseller, A Good Walk Spoiled, set the bar for golf books, and golf fans will now have the type of inside story that prompted The Boston Globe to call Feinstein “the best writer of sports books in America today.”

Publication date: October 24, 2017 (source)

Golf Books #235 (The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport’s Great Leadership Delusion)

May 17th

71Tw4djdmELThe War on the Shore, the Battle of Brookline, the Miracle of Medinah–the Ryder Cup inspires such nicknames, and is golf’s version of an all-star game and one of international sports’ most intense, high-profile tournaments.

For almost ninety years, the biennial men’s golf competition has been a key symbol of the game, knitting together the sporting cultures of the U.S., the UK, and continental Europe, and inspiring an intense rivalry among professional golfers and a passionate following across the globe. Purportedly in charge of the two teams are the captains, whose reputations are shaped forever by the results of the twenty-eight matches held over three days.

In his seminal exploration of the world of the Ryder Cup, Richard Gillis explores what it takes to win this coveted trophy. Accustomed to playing for and winning large sums of money, the twelve players on each side are paid nothing for this competition; instead they play for national pride alone.

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Golf Books #204 (Showdown: The Inside Story of the Gleneagles Ryder Cup)

Oct 13th

910hSX+wBKLAs the Ryder Cup arrives at Gleneagles in Autumn 2014, Europe is the indisputable dominant force. They have won five of the last six matches, including the Medinah Miracle two years earlier. On that occasion they had rallied from 10-4 down to snatch victory and retain the trophy.

It was the second consecutive match that had been settled by a single point. For America it was a sickening defeat. Following the devastating loss, the Americans pulled out all the stops for 2014, sending a clear signal with the appointment of veteran Ryder Cup hero Tom Watson as captain. Opinionated and complicated, Watson is one of the legends of the game and hugely popular in both the United States and Europe.

Put under pressure, the Europeans eschewed veterans such as Colin Montgomerie in favor of an outlier: Irishman Paul McGinley, a diminutive stalwart touring pro, a team man, and an astute tactician. It will be a fight between acumen and aura.

This book tells the inside story of this enthralling contest from the build-up through to the dramas of the week at Gleneagles. Will the American team snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, re-entering the race and asserting themselves as the dominant force in world golf once more?

Publication date: December 1, 2014 (source)

Golfamily Album #27

Nov 15th

Sam Torrance

Quinta do Lago North Course reopened

Oct 9th

Victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley planted a ceremonial pine tree and unveiled a plaque to officially open his joint redesign of the North Course at Quinta do Lago on the Algarve.

Paul McGinley along with along with Beau Welling and Dennis OBrien and CEO of Quinta do Lago John Dwyer planting a pine tree at the opening of the North Course of the Quinta do Lago resort. (Photo – Fran Caffrey/

On the 7th of October during the Inauguration Tournament the Ryder Cup 2014 together with the Captain Cart were in exhibition at the 18 hole at Quinta do Lago North.

The Ryder Cup 2014 together with the Captain Cart buggy were in exhibition at the 18 hole at Quinta do Lago North

Golf Books #151 (The Ryder Cup: Golf’s Grandest Event – A Complete History)

Jul 24th

indexFeaturing coverage of all 39 Ryder Cups, The Ryder Cup: Golf’s Grandest Event – A Complete History contains essays by the game’s premier writers, including John Feinstein; Pulitzer Prize–winner Dave Anderson of the New York Times; Jim McCabe of Golfweek magazine; and John Hopkins, golf correspondent from the (London) Times.

The most definitive, accurate, and up-to-date book on the Ryder Cup includes year-by-year recaps with original reporting by Bernard Darwin, Grantland Rice, and Herbert Warren Wind. In addition, a photo essay on the 2014 Cup Legendary Golf Clubhouses of the United States and Great Britain and a four-foot gatefold spread of a caricature illustration of the all-time Ryder Cup teams are included.

Publication date: November 7, 2014 (source)

About the Author

Martin Davis is the editor and publisher of the publishing company the American Golfer, best known for lavishly produced coffee-table books on the greats of the game, including Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, and Jack Nicklaus. He is a member of the Golf Collector’s Society of America, provides historical commentary for the Golf Channel, and occasionally contributes to the New York Times. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Golf Books #125 (Jewel in the Glen: Gleneagles, Golf and the Ryder Cup)

Jan 21st

‘I have always thought Gleneagles is one of the greatest places in the world to play golf’ – Jack Nicklaus The Ryder Cup is coming home to where it all began; the 40th staging of golf’s showpiece event is returning to Gleneagles, Scotland.

Tracing the history of the Ryder Cup back to that famous forerunner match at Gleneagles in 1921, this book intertwines the histories of the coveted prize with the five-star resort’s own rich heritage, on and off the course. Through a series of over 80 in-depth interviews with an array of national and international celebrities, including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Sir Jackie Stewart, Andy Murray and Stephen Hendry, Jewel in the Glen reveals what the Ryder Cup and Gleneagles means to them while examining the impact of the tournament on the local community and the wider Scottish society, culture, and economy. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #100 (Ian Poulter: The Biography of Britain’s Golfing Hero)

Apr 2nd

A biography of one of the most flamboyant and outspoken voices in professional golf

Charting Poulter’s life from when he first picked up a golf club at the age of seven and hit the ball 140 yards to his triumphant charge in the 2012 Ryder Cup, this is a story every golf fan will want to read. Poulter has earned his success the hard way and the book details how he grafted to become a professional golfer, having to pay to play at the golf club that employed him.

It details his struggle to turn professional in 1994 before his obvious talent saw him join the European Tour in 2000, where he won Rookie of the Year. Today, Poulter a fixture in the world’s top 15 players, a friend and neighbour of Tiger Woods in Florida, and unmissable on the course with own range of garish clothing.

The book looks at all the stories, such as why he wore an Arsenal shirt at the Abu Dhabi Championship in 2006 and how he almost came to blows with Colin Montgomery in a restaurant. Of course, it also looks closely at all Poulter’s golfing achievements.

Ranked fourth in the World Golf Rankings in 2010, he is a stalwart of the European Ryder Cup team, twice victor in the World Golf Championship Matchplay Tournament, and a winner of numerous European and PGA Tour events. Together, all these aspects create a biography that is fascinating, revealing, and honest—much like Ian Poulter himself.

Publication Date: October 1, 2013 (source)

About the Author

Gavin Newsham is an award-winning sports writer whose work regularly appears in Golf Monthly, Golf Punk, Observer Sport Monthly, and the Sunday Times. His previous books include John Daly, Two Tribes, and Once in a Lifetime.

Golf Books #98 (The War by the Shore…)

Mar 20th

…The Incomparable Drama of the 1991 Ryder Cup


The true story of the dramatic 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, which changed the competition in golf forever.

The 1991 Ryder Cup began in 1985. Up to then, the biennial match between all-star teams of golf professionals from America and Europe was more ceremonial exhibition than real competition, with the Americans consistently beating the Europeans.

That all changed in 1985, when the Europeans wrested it away at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. The Europeans would go on to win again in 1987, and in 1989 the competition ended in a draw. By the time the 1991 Ryder Cup arrived, the American team had vengeance on their minds.

The 1991 Ryder Cup also occurred between the United States’s victories in both the Persian Gulf War and the Cold War that year, and the sense of patriotism that came along with the end of those conflicts permeated the national psyche.

The competition was broadcast to over 200 million people in twenty-three countries across the globe. Fans forgot golf ’s gentlemanly code of conduct, and loud boos, jeers, and cheers of “USA!” could be heard from the gallery. The Ryder Cup began to resemble the Super Bowl, and it quickly became evident that this match was about more than just golf. But wait, there’s more

PGA Centenary Course, Scotland

Feb 4th

The PGA Centenary (formerly known as the Monarch) opened in 1993 and it’s a recent addition to the excellent golf courses at the Gleneagles Resort in Scotland. While King’s and Queen’s courses from Gleneagles were built by James Braid, the PGA course was mastered by Jack Nicklaus, and has a totally American style lay-out. The PGA course is a modern classic and will be host to the Ryder Cup in 2014.

From the back tees, the PGA Centenary Course measures 7,088 yards, the longest inland course in Scotland. There are five tee boxes to choose from, and the golfer can enjoy a selection of the best golfing conditions in the heart of Scotland. Fittingly, the PGA Centenary Course begins by playing south-east towards the famed glen of the eagles sweeping up the Ochil Hills to the summit of the pass below Ben Shee which joins it to Glendevon. But wait, there’s more