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Us Against Them: Oral History of the Ryder Cup [Kindle Edition]

Robin McMillan
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Book Description

The Only Oral History of the Ryder Cup Since Its Genesis in 1927

Us Against Them recounts how the Ryder Cup grew from the brink of extinction to become the most compelling and controversial tournament in golf. The popularity of the Ryder Cup, played every other year in the fall (alternately in the United States and in Europe), has soared in the last ten years. Its worldwide television audience is now the largest of any in golf, and the last tournament, in 2002, was viewed by an estimated 100 million fans.

The story of this meteoric rise -- and all the rich history that predated it -- is told in the actual voices of more than forty players and other participants, including Ryder Cup players and captains Curtis Strange, Dave Stockton, Sam Torrance, and Tony Jacklin; American legends Hale Irwin and Billy Casper; U.S. network television commentators Peter Alliss, David Feherty, Peter Oosterhuis, and Jimmy Roberts; Tour players Peter Jacobsen, Tom Lehman, and Brad Faxon; and such names from the past as Dow Finsterwald, Johnny Pott, and Tommy Bolt. More than recalling simply the play-by-play, Us Against Them also goes behind the scenes -- to the Ryder Cup tournament director whose participation almost ended in his own bloody death, to the matches in Britain that nearly ended in blows, to the car crash that some say decided the outcome of one of the matches, to a small plane carrying players that almost fell from the sky, and to the prominent American network golf commentator who introduced himself to a U.S. president while dressed in a large plastic garbage bag!

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From Publishers Weekly

Culling yarns and personal reflections from several generations of Ryder Cup players and captains, this engrossing oral history tells it like it was by those who were there. Established in the 1920s by the self-made entrepreneur Samuel Ryder to promote the game of golf on both sides of the Atlantic, the Ryder Cup is played not for money but for the honor of representing one's country. McMillan's intimate, anecdotal approach is perfectly suited to capturing the spirit and emotions of this unique event, which has long been distinguished by fierce rivalries and patriotic fervor. All the great moments in Ryder Cup history are here, such as when Jack Nicklaus conceded Tony Jacklin's final putt in 1969 to tie both the match and tournament (in the event of a tie, the Americans would retain the cup they'd won in 1967)—a stirring moment related by Jacklin himself. The many contributors bring a degree of insight and candor that would not have been possible in a standard, third-person account. Although the early years of the tournament are, understandably, recounted in less depth, the book should be avidly read by fans.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

The Ryder Cup, in which 12 top golfers from the U.S. play 12 of the same from Europe, is headline news these days, but it wasn't always so. U.S. domination of the biennial competition made it a nonevent until the 1980s, when it was decided to pit all of Europe, rather than only the UK, against the Americans. With the inclusion of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Marie Olazabol from Spain and Bernhard Langer from Germany, the Ryder Cup became competitive, and the game was on. This engaging oral history follows the cup from the early days of Hogan and Snead through the hotly contested recent matches, including the Americans' come-from-behind win at Brookline in 1999. The facts will be familiar to golf fans, but the incidental commentary is fresh and fascinating. Here is Jack Nicklaus in 1975 telling Arnold Palmer what he thought of Latrobe Country Club's no-women-in-the-dining-room policy: "Never mind the rules and all that crap, Arnold. If my wife is not sitting down to have lunch with me tomorrow, I'm going home." Must reading for golf fans anticipating this year's Ryder Cup. Bill Ott
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Product Details

  • File Size: 2937 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GFQ1HK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-written history of one of golf's premier events October 1, 2004
This past weekend the world watched the biennial golf match between the best professional golfers from the United States and their opponents from Europe. Each day roughly 40,000 spectators attended the matches held this year at Oakland Hills in Michigan. The worldwide television audience exceeded 100 million. Given the worldwide marketing, national fervor and hoopla of this event, some fans of the Ryder Cup might be surprised to learn that as recently as twenty years ago, the Ryder Cup was on the verge of extinction as a golfing event.

US AGAINST THEM: An Oral History of the Ryder Cup, by Robin McMillan, follows the history of the matches from inception in 1927 to the most recent match in 2002. This year's match concluded last Sunday with the Europeans capturing a resounding victory. As in previous years, it was a hard fought and tenacious contest. But the recently concluded contest can only be appreciated by referencing the previous battles for the cup donated many years ago by Samuel Ryder. McMillan traces the history of the Cup through a series of interviews with participants, organizers and Ryder Cup captains, perhaps the most revered position in professional golf other than major tournament champion. The saga is both informative and entertaining.

The actual commencement of the Ryder Cup matches is shrouded in some confusion. What is known is that Samuel Ryder, a British businessman, established the groundwork for the matches that formally began in 1927. Prior to that year, Ryder had arranged matches between English and American professionals, but the method of choosing the teams was informal and there was no actual involvement by the Professional Golf Association of the United States.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Inside Insight Into Golf's Grandest Stage September 5, 2004
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This is simply awesome for golf aficianado, for it is oral history beginning after WWII with individuals from both sides, along side the author's running commentary of the history and sidelights.

What is fascinating about this enjoyable read is all the great views and opinions about what occurred at the some of the major development stages of this spectacular and increasingly significant golfing drama.

Glad to see that the Ryder Cup has been changed to make it more the major drama golfing event that it is with the move to European players. Not impressed by utter comeptiveness of some who destroy the sportmanship angle of this competition, restored at the Belfry by captians Strange and Torrance.

Being a huge John Jacobs fan, was pleasantly surprised to see him get his due to having solidified the European PGA tour and then his Ryder Cup experience.

Can't Feherty and Torrance say more than two sentences without the "f" word? I enjoy both of these guys, but moreso when they're on camera and can't let loose the vulgarity.

Author did nice job interviewing, then culling and editing the salient parts for us readers to relish. This is great timing with upcoming Cup at Oakland Hills.

Well worth the purchase and read. Great addition to golf fan library.
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I don't remember ordering this book.

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