For those old enough to remember, the Ryder Cups before the 1980s were often dispiriting affairs, especially if you were British. The Americans were simply too good and the British won only very occasionally. At the end of the 1970s, the great American golfer, Jack Nicklaus, suggested that the British invite golfers from Europe to join their team.
Played every two years, originally between Great Britain and Ireland and the United States and, since 1979, between Europe and the United States, the Ryder Cup is golf’s greatest tournament.
Peter Pugh and Henry Lord present their colorful Cup history, telling stories that include the world’s most successful golfers—Sam Snead, Max Faulkner, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, and Seve Ballesteros.
With photographs including Tony Jacklin shaking hands with Nicklaus after the American had conceded a two-and-a half-foot putt to finalize a draw in 1969, the book is published just as 2014’s match at the beautiful Gleneagles draws to a close.