Draw in the Dunes: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World
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In 1969, the 42-year history of biennial golf matches between the United States and Great Britain reached its climax. The U.S., led by Jack Nicklaus, had dominated competitive golf for years; Great Britain, led by Tony Jacklin, was the undisputed underdog. Despite having lost 14 of 17 Ryder Cups in the past, the British were as determined as the Americans were dominant. What followed was the most compelling, controversial, and contentious Ryder Cup the sport had ever seen.
Draw in the Dunes is a story of personal and professional conflict, from the nervousness at the very beginning of the Ryder Cup - when one man could not tee his golf ball - to the nerve displayed by Nicklaus and Jacklin, who battled each other up to the final moment of the final match. 17 of the 32 matches were not decided until the final hole. Most electrifying was Nicklaus and Jacklin's contest, which decided the fate of the Ryder Cup. At the last putt, Nicklaus conceded to Jacklin, keeping the cup for the Americans while letting the British walk away with their most successful Ryder Cup in years. From this event, which came to be known as "The Concession," Nicklaus and Jacklin forged a lifelong friendship and ushered in a new era of golf.
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