Ryder Cup Revealed : Tales of the Unexpected Hardback
Ryder Cup Revealed: Tales of the Unexpected is the previously - untold, behind-the-scenes story of golf's most iconic team contest.
The book reports on the mysteries of the money and business; the political games and social mischief-making; the controversial actions and conflicting viewpoints; the ever-changing, sensitive relationship between the players, captains and teams.
Using new interviews, fresh insights, unique research and an alternative perspective, author Ross Biddiscombe analyses and contextualises all nine decades of the Ryder Cup's history.
Plus, he provides dramatic forecasts on the future of the matches that have grown from being financial liability to one of the most successful stories in the whole of sport.
Unlike any previous book about the Cup's 86-year history, Ryder Cup Revealed takes golf fans into the minds of the key personalities, explains the significance of the team rooms, meeting rooms and the locker rooms by linking all the off-course scheming and plotting with how princes and presidents, prejudices and prevailing attitudes in British, European and US society affected the matches. The book is the product of more than 100 interviews on both sides of the Atlantic with players and captains past and present; top golfing administrators; golf historians; psychologists and agents; senior members of the European Tour, the British PGA and the PGA of America; match organisers; host club secretaries; TV executives; sports commercial experts; and many more people central to the Ryder Cup's story.
There is also key information from the British PGA's archives; the USGA's library; the European Tour's information files; the Samuel Ryder Foundation; and memorable stories directly from host venues both in Europe and America.
Sandy Jones, chief executive of The Professional Golfers' Association, says in the book's foreword that Ryder Cup Revealed is "intriguing and enthralling and, like the Ryder Cup itself, totally engaging." The book is Biddiscombe's 11th non-fiction sports book and his 3rd about golf; it follows two Golf On The Edge titles about the European Tour Q School.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Constant Sports Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/07/2014
- Category: Golf
- ISBN: 9780956285010