'I just don't think there's ever been a European team which has played better'
This was the gracious verdict of US captain Tom Lehman after his team were emphatically defeated 18H-9H by Europe in the 36th Ryder Cup, held at The K Club in County Kildare.
In an event that was monopolised in the early years by the Americans, this was the three-in-a-row triumph that many said couldn't be won. But, spurred on by motivational captain Ian Woosnam and inspired by the courage of team member Darren Clarke, who made himself available for selection just three weeks after the devastating loss of his wife to breast cancer, the European team romped to victory.
It was an emotionally charged contest that Europe dominated from the outset, and the final score did not even adequately reflect the huge gulf between the high-quality play of the victors and the rather lacklustre performance of the Americans. The result ensured that the Europeans have decisively shrugged off their underdog tag while post-mortems into America's defeat will be long-running.
Easy Ryder is a celebratory account that captures every glorious moment of one of the biggest events in the golfing calendar. Accompanied by many stunning photographs, it is an essential read for all golf fans.
- Mainstream Publishing
- Published 5th October 2006
- 224 Pages
- 161mm x 242mm x 23mm