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Miracle at Medinah: Europe's Amazing Ryder Cup Comeback [Hardcover]

Oliver Holt
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22 Nov 2012

Golf fans will not forget the 39th Ryder Cup in a hurry. Staged at the Medinah Country Club just outside of Chicago, the 2012 event has already gone down as the most remarkable competition in its 85-year history.

The American team had home advantage, and a golf course unapologetically set up to suit its own players. Supported by tens of thousands of loud and proud fans, the USA's star-studded line-up dominated the first two days and ended the Saturday with a seemingly unassailable 10-6 advantage. No away team had ever won the Ryder Cup from such an unpromising position.

Sunday was singles day, traditionally the forte of American teams. The situation looked bleak, especially when European team member and number 1 golfer in the world, Rory McIlroy, very nearly missed his tee-off time. Yet slowly but surely, the European team - who had top-loaded their line-up in one last throw of the dice - started to turn the scoreboard blue. With inspirational captain Jose Maria Olazabal stiring European blood with thoughts of the late Ryder Cup magician Seve Ballesteros (whose silhouette was emblazoned on the players' sweaters and bags), the tide turned and the previously dominant American players started to crumble in the face of the onslaught. Suddenly European players were holing miraculous putts to win holes out of the blue. Something very special was happening.

When German Martin Kaymer sank his putt on the eighteenth green to clinch the point that retained the Ryder Cup, the most astonishing comeback in the event's long and distinuished history was complete. Miracle at Medinah is the compelling narrative of those amazing three days in Illinois, a fitting chronicle of an unbelievable sporting story.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (22 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755364813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755364817
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The remarkable story of Europe's astonishing victory in the 39th Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club.

About the Author

Oliver Holt was born in Manchester and educated at King's School Macclesfield, Christ Church, Oxford and Cardiff Centre for Journalism Studies. He worked on the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo for three years before moving to The Times in 1993. He was Motor Racing Correspondent, Chief Football Correspondent and Chief Sports Writer. He joined the Daily Mirror as Chief Sports Writer in 2002. He has covered six Ryder Cups.


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5.0 out of 5 stars greatest sports book of all time 11 Feb 2013
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I am a lover of most sports but honestly feel that this is the best book on sport ever written. The event, coming after the Olympics and Andy Murray's US open win might have been forgotten had it not been for Europe's amazing last day comeback. The description of the heroic efforts by both teams and the sportsmanship, most notably by Phil Mickelson and the US captain Davis Love are lovingly told. This book is a tribute to the great Seve Ballesteros and will be read many many times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miracle at Medinah 8 Jan 2013
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Well researched, well written. It is not just a sequential digest of each match but every event has a context. From the 'presence of Seve' through the insight into Olazabal and his role as captain to the varying personalities of the players it is cleverly crafted. And of course it has a happy ending ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow this brought back memories 26 Dec 2012
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A great read that I couldn't put down. We were there and it was the best sporting event I have ever been to, this book completely does it justice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely first class 3 Jun 2013
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To do justice in print to such an amazing sporting event as the 2012 Ryder Cup is quite a challenge, but the author here has pulled it off quite spectacularly well.

There is a perfect mix of facts and opinion which kept my attention from the very first page.

It really is a page turner and i recommend it without hesitation to all golf fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories 15 Jan 2013
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Really enjoyed reliving such a fantastic comeback. Captures the events really well and reignites the rollercoaster of emotions and events.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad 12 Jan 2014
By gregor
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Decent book. Without being a golf snob there are some sections which give away the writer is not a golfer i.e. pushing a shot to the left....which is a pull. Also there are a lot of references to other books rather than incites to the players and this Ryder cup. Overall however I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book ....... unless you are an American! 23 Dec 2013
By Tony
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Having played golf for many years, I find many aspects of the game which make an excellent subject for a book. Having watched Medinah live on tv, having done the same again via DVD, I was more than surprised how much more the book had to offer than I expected. The writer is clearly on good terms with the players, and many anecdotes previously unknown make this apparent.
The tenseness, the drama and yes, even the humour, make it seem as if you were present witnessing what was unfolding. I don't think it will be too long before it gets a second read.
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright.
It is not a bad book, gives pretty much the full story of the 2012 Ryder Cup, with some input from backstage, more on the European side. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mario Bianco
5.0 out of 5 stars Medinah again
This is an excellent read - very good detail even if any reader will know the outcome - recommended holiday read !
Published 13 months ago by mccoy
5.0 out of 5 stars miracle at medinah
Great book, and as other people who have reviewed this book say, it is a complete review of stories, memories, and not just a blow by blow account of each stroke. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jane Vacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for partner
My partner is an avid reader and golfer and thoroughly enjoyed this book! Unfortunately not being the slightest bit interested in golf I can't give you any feedback on the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ms. D. Smith-campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle workers of Medinah
Why oh why were they not voted BBC sports 'Team of the year' beggars belief.The yankee rednecks silence on Sunday must have been deafening.
Published 18 months ago by john brade
5.0 out of 5 stars magic
the book was factual, the pace was just like one of Poulters putts, the spirit of Seve, but liking Golf would help. Not just a Miricle but a strong sense of pride. Cheers Mr Holt.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. C. A. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
Can you believe the final day score card. Still as unreal an Man City winning the EPL in the last minute. Just want to watch and read about another great sporting moment.
Published 20 months ago by James Ormandy
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