By the time you have finished the first chapter of this book, you know that you are reading a great sports book. I don't mean 'really good' or even 'excellent' - this is one of the great books on sport, of which there are very, very few. You don't need to be a golf fan to enjoy the atmosphere the writer creates - I don't play golf, though I do like to watch it. The event, of course, was extraordinary, but if anything that makes it harder to make a great book out of it, because how do you capture what went on on that final day in particular, using just words? Oliver Holt achieves that completely. It is a brilliant book. The background to the Ryder Cup at Medinah is essential, and it is covered in just enough depth to ensure that the reader knows why it was so important in golfing (and national pride) terms, but without becoming remotely boring. As the matches develop, the story builds, as it did at Medinah, until the amazing climax. Wonderful book, truly one of the great sporting books of all time.