The First Major by John Feinstein
The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup

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Feinstein does a fine job of taking an indepth look at the Ryder Cup and the 2016 matches. He wisely gives plenty of details on the event's recent history, given the somewhat unmemorable finish. Feinstein also has plenty of stories about the participants. Another excellent effort by one of the best in the business.
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled, a dramatic chronicle of the bitterly-fought 2016 Ryder Cup pitting a U.S. 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 readers 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 bestseller, 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.'
 

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JOHN FEINSTEIN is the author of many bestselling books, including A Season on the Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled. His books for young readers offer a winning combination of sports, action, and intrigue, with Last Shot receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best young adult mystery of the year. He lives in Potomac, Maryland, and Shelter Island, New York, with his family.
 
Published October 24, 2017 by Doubleday. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Oct 24 2017

Feinstein does a fine job of taking an indepth look at the Ryder Cup and the 2016 matches. He wisely gives plenty of details on the event's recent history, given the somewhat unmemorable finish. Feinstein also has plenty of stories about the participants. Another excellent effort by one of the best in the business.

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