The United States had dominated the Ryder Cup since the beginning in 1927, but in 1969, the English team, led by Tony Jacklin, fought to a historic draw. The outcome was not decided until the last two men on the golf course arrived at the final green encircled by their 22 teammates, two captains and thousands of excited spectators. It was then that Jack Nicklaus conceded a short but miss-able putt to Tony Jacklin that resulted in the first tie in the 42-year history of the event.
Draw In The Dunes is the complete untold story of a thrilling Ryder Cup and why a conceded putt became a part of golf and sports lore.
Draw In The Dunes was written by golf writer Neil Sagebiel. Neil is the founder and editor of Armchair Golf Blog, one of top golf blogs on the internet. A former copywriter for a Seattle advertising agency and major newspaper, he is a freelance writer in Floyd, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
The Foreword for the book are written by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, and the book is published today by Thomas Dunne Books. Neil is also the author of The Longest Shot, named one of the Top 10 Sports Books of 2012 by Booklist.
If you play golf, if you plan on watching the Ryder Cup (September 23-28) held this year in Scotland, then you’ll want to read Draw In The Dunes: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World.