The most magnanimous gesture in Ryder Cup history—Jack Nicklaus' concession of Tony Jacklin's [two-foot birdie] putt on the final hole to halve the 1969 competition between the U.S. and Great Britain—capped what had been a memorably contentious week before that moment. That dynamic is compellingly detailed in Neil Sagebiel's new book, Draw in the Dunes: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World (Thomas Dunne Books, $27). The U.S. had won 14 of 17 times and was the favorite at Royal Birkdale. But a series of events, beginning with British captain Eric Brown telling his players not to help the Americans find their balls in the rough, led to a tight, tense clash. For a competition that ended in a draw, Sagebiel's book is a winner. —Ryan Herrington>Click here to link to live page shown below
Monday, October 6
Golf Digest Stix Review: 'Tale of the Halve'
Ryan Herrington reviewed my DRAW IN THE DUNES in the September 24 issue of Golf Digest Stix: