|A photograph of the 1969 Great Britain Ryder Cup team, including autograph of Peter Alliss (second from left).|
Others from left to right: Christy O'Connor Sr. Alex Caygill, Brian Barnes, Captain Eric Brown, Peter Townsend,
Bernard Gallacher, Bernard Hunt, Tony Jacklin, Brian Huggett, Peter Butler and Neil Coles. (Uniquely Sporting)
ON WEDNESDAY BBC SPORT PUBLISHED "Ryder Cup: Pick your greatest moment from our top 10." BBC Sport wrote:
Tense, thrilling, fun, frenetic, sometimes controversial, always absorbing, the Ryder Cup throws up some of sport's most iconic and enduring memories.
The biennial tussle between Europe and the USA has a back catalogue of classic moments and BBC Sport have selected 10 of the greatest.Topping BBC Sport's list was the 1969 Ryder Cup and "The Concession" featuring Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, which is chronicled in my new book, DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World.
Nicklaus and Jacklin collaborated on a foreword for DRAW IN THE DUNES in which they explain their friendship and the compelling circumstances that led to the iconic moment.
The 1969 Ryder Cup was the closest competition in Cup history, with 17 of 32 matches finishing on the final hole, and five more at the 17th. There was controversy, acrimony, a little bit of everything, including a "shocking" conclusion. The 32 matches at Royal Birkdale ended in the first draw in Ryder Cup history.
In the third edition of his classic book The Story of American Golf, legendary golf writer Herbert Warren Wind wrote, "Many people felt this was the best Ryder Cup Match of all time, and no doubt it was."