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Miracle at Medinah: Europe's Amazing Ryder Cup Comeback
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on 24 July 2017
Very good in parts, and I would have thought such a great story would have been safe in the hands of a well known sports journalist and writer, however I feel this is a missed opportunity. Mr. Holt has an extremely irritating habit of often writing sentences no more than 6 words long. This makes it appear like a series of bullet points, and by page 20, I found I was looking for them, which does not help the flow of the story.
Another irritating habit is the constant use of the word "draining" a putt, instead of holing it. O.K. it's nice to have some variations, but way too much use of this word.
One of the other reviewers commented on Mr. Holt's lack of expertise in the world of golf and some incorrect terminology. This may or may not be true, and I found some too. He does make some perceptive and interesting points on Poulter's need for the team environment, Tiger Woods' psyche when it comes to team games and choice of playing partners, and also Olazabal's style of captaincy (almost a non existent presence until the final day). These gems are like finding diamonds in dust, and it's a pity there were not more.

I'm sorry to differ with some opinion that this is the the greatest sports book ever. It is one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time, but if you are looking for the greatest sports book, I'm afraid this is a million miles from it.
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on 4 December 2013
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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on 3 June 2013
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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on 23 December 2013
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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on 13 December 2016
A reminder of an amazing victory.
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on 8 February 2013
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.
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on 8 January 2013
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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on 26 December 2012
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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on 12 January 2014
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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on 13 August 2013
This is an excellent read - very good detail even if any reader will know the outcome - recommended holiday read !
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