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on 27 November 2013
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. The shadow of Seve Ballesteros is all over the book and Medinah, Poulter brings the European back from the dead, Stricker misses a few putts he never misses, Martin Kaymer holes the crucial putt, Tiger is left with nothing, Olazabal lets some tears of joy on the last green.
All good, but the book itself lacks the intensity the event had. I youtubed the last two hours of the competition as I was reading the last 100 pages, and that was not in the book favour, even with the poor definition of the video. First, there are a few mistakes (e.g. where Phil acknowledges Justin's clutch putt) and the all thing is written with the knowledge of the outcome which castrates the excitement of the writer.
So not bad, but the greatest sports book ever, I don't think so. Try John Feinstein and Lauren St John's golf books... And I'm sure cricket and tennis have produced major thrillers too!