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Into the Bear Pit - Mark James

Virgin, 2000, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ.

European captain Mark James presents his side of the story behind the 33rd Ryder cup. He tells it well, coming over every bit the decent man he did during and immediately after the tournament. However, the quotations at the back of the book speak loudest of the emotions aroused on both sides. One US star, before the final day, implored, Let's go and kill them, and by the end of that day veteran European Sam Torrance described the events on the 17th (somewhat hyperbolically) as one of the most disgusting things I have seen in my life. To counter many of the claims of the lack of sportsmanship, defenders of the US side and their support point to specifics, claiming similar instances in Spain two years earlier, branding the Europe side sore losers. As James counters, and most observers can testify, they are missing the point. As winners or losers, the US team have never been subject to such treatment over the course of a tournament. 256pp.

ISBN: 1852278544

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