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Thursday, November 02, 2017

John Feinstein, "The First Major"


Twenty years ago, John Feinstein wrote the definitive golf book, “A Good Walk Spoiled.” A decade later, he wrote another, “Tales From Q School: Inside Golf’s Fifth Major.” Now he’s back with yet another, “The First Major: The Inside Story of Golf’s 2016 Ryder Cup.” The Ryder Cup is a three-day tournament played every two years, pitting the best golfers from Europe vs. their counterparts from America. Europe has dominated the series over the last two decades, but in 2016, the Americans won it back -- and John was there to witness it.

Even though I know nothing about golf, I do know that John is a money-in-the-bank guest and great storyteller, so I invited him back to my show to discuss characters like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy. He had access to all of them and earned their trust, so they shared their views of the game from the inside. We also talked about the American golf hooligans who caused trouble, and how the players offered their own tribute to the legendary Arnold Palmer, who died less than a week before the Ryder Cup was played.

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