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Sep
20
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Yours truly at book party on Thursday.​
SHARING MORE OF THE MEDIA on my new book, DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World.

(Link) Interview with Matt Adams, Fairways of Life, SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio

When you click the above link, you'll see Tom Watson. Then scroll at right to my interview (Neil Sagebiel, Golf Author) with Matt.

Golfweek review (September 20):
"In 'Draw in the Dunes,' Neil Sagebiel has authored a faithful account of a match of which only 3 minutes of TV footage exists. By speaking to many of the ’69 Cup...
Sep
19
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TODAY NBC SPORTS GROUP HOSTED a media conference call to preview the 2014 Ryder Cup. Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo, Golf Channel host David Feherty and NBC/Golf Channel lead analyst Johnny Miller were on the phone sharing their thoughts about the upcoming matches at Gleneagles.

Following are comments I pulled from the transcript.

JOHNNY MILLER:
I obviously have to act like I don't necessarily care who wins between the two sides, but I do care. I'd like to see the U.S. finally get a win. Obviously that would be super important. I'm just really pumped to go over there. That's all I've been thinking about.

FRANK NOBILO:
It looks like we're going to have another doozy. That's the way it looks from my point of view.

DAVID FEHERTY:
Well, it's the greatest event in golf for me. I don't think there's any more stress in any...
Sep
19
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IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THE U.S. Ryder Cup team hasn't won on European soil since 1993. Those matches were played at The Belfry in England, and the man who sank the clinching putt, Davis Love III, is making his Champions Tour debut this week in Hawaii. The U.S. captain was Tom Watson. The final score was United States 16 1/2, Europe 11 1/2.

Winning five of six and seven of nine, it has been all Europe since then. America has won the Ryder Cup just once in the 21st century. That lone victory was at Valhalla in 2008, with Paul Azinger at the helm.

I now have some golf friends across the pond who are unabashed European team supporters. They don't hold back, telling me in no uncertain terms to expect another European victory.

One friend asked me if I was coming to the Ryder Cup. When I told him no, he said, "Personally, I believe it would have been a wasted visit. The USA will definitely come in second...and in a two-horse race that's no consolation!"

I exchanged tweets with another...
Sep
18
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A photograph of the 1969 Great Britain Ryder Cup team, including autograph of Peter Alliss (second from left).
Others from left to right: Christy O'Connor Sr. Alex Caygill, Brian Barnes, Captain Eric Brown, Peter Townsend,
Bernard Gallacher, Bernard Hunt, Tony Jacklin, Brian Huggett, Peter Butler and Neil Coles. (Uniquely Sporting)​

ON WEDNESDAY BBC SPORT PUBLISHED "Ryder Cup: Pick your greatest moment from our top 10." BBC Sport wrote:
Tense, thrilling, fun, frenetic, sometimes controversial, always absorbing, the Ryder Cup throws up some of sport's most iconic and enduring memories.
The biennial...​
Sep
17
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By Golf Channel

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 16, 2014) – Twenty-five 2014-15 PGA TOUR cards are on the line at week’s end as the 2014 Web.com Tour season concludes at TPC Sawgrass’ Dye’s Valley course with the Web.com Tour Championship. Players will receive cards based on their cumulative play in the four Web.com Tour Finals events. An additional 25 cards will be awarded on Sunday to “The 25”those Web.com Tour players already having secured their PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15 during the Web.com Tour regular season.

20-time PGA TOUR winner Davis Love III makes his Champions Tour debut at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, which will air live and in primetime on Golf Channel Friday-Sunday.

Stacy Lewis defends her 2012 title (no event in 2013) at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, where she finished...
Sep
17
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JACK FLECK DIED ON MARCH 21. At times it still doesn't seem real to me.

Jack called me a lot when I was working on my first book, THE LONGEST SHOT: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf's Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open. We had great conversations. He told me a lot, some of which was not for publication. I'm glad he reached the point where he trusted me. I also usually saw Jack a couple of times a year at Champions Tour events.


Fleck's Ben Hogan 3 and 4 woods
and Tommy Armour driver.​
Jack collected a lot of neat golf stuff during his 70-plus years as a golf professional. Now it's up for auction, including the two Ben Hogan fairway woods and the Tommy Armour driver he used in the 1955 U.S. Open, where he stunned four-time Open champion Ben Hogan...
Sep
16
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WITH A NEW BOOK ON THE 1969 RYDER CUP and that famous last-hole concession by Jack Nicklaus, I set up Google alerts for the appropriate topics. An article popped up in July that I believe captures the essence of Nicklaus, who I consider to be the greatest golfer of all time.

I've always been fascinated by Nicklaus's dual qualities of extreme competitiveness that led to 18 major championship wins and his unfailing graciousness in the heat of the battle, and just after, whether he won or narrowly lost. His outward appearance and behavior were the same in either situationexemplary.

In an article in The Australian...
Sep
15
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By Brian Keogh

Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for
The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission.

RORY MCILROY'S BRILLIANT US SEASON did not get the fairytale finish he'd hope for as he produced a tired final round performance in the Tour Championship in Atlanta that cost him a chance to win the FedEx Cup and a $10m bonus. Regretting his decision to play all four playoff events rather than take a break last week, five dropped shots in a mid-round six-hole stretch fatally holed McIlroy's title bid below the waterline.

While he birdied three of his last four holes to camouflage the result somewhat and salvage some pride with a one over 71 that...