The First Major - John Feinstein

The First Major

By John Feinstein

  • Release Date: 2017-10-24
  • Genre: Golf
Score: 4.5
From 114 Ratings


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled, a dramatic chronicle of the bitterly-fought 2016 Ryder Cup pitting a U.S. team out for revenge against the Europeans determined to keep the Cup out of American hands.

Coming into 2016, the Americans had lost an astounding six out of the last seven Ryder Cup matches, and tensions were running high for the showdown that took place in October, 2016 in Hazeltine, Minnesota, just days after American legend Arnold Palmer had died. What resulted was one of the most raucous and heated three days in the Cup's long history. Award-winning author John Feinstein takes readers behind the scenes, providing an inside view of the dramatic stories as they unfolded: veteran Phil Mickelson's two-year roller-coaster as he upended the American preparation process and helped assemble a superb team; superstar Rory McIlroy becoming the clear-cut emotional leader of the European team, and his reasons for wanting to beat the US team so badly this time around; the raucous matches between McIlroy and American Patrick Reed - resulting in both incredible golf, and several moments that threatened to come to blows; the return of Tiger Woods not as a player but an assistant captain, and his obsession with helping the US win - which was never the case when he was playing. John Feinstein's classic bestseller, A Good Walk Spoiled, set the bar for golf books. Now Feinstein provides his unique take on the Ryder Cup, which has clearly become golf's most intense and emotional's 'first Major.'


  • Just ok

    By copen32abcdef
    Good read. Not a lot of new information if you follow golf closely
  • Eeh

    By AdamPruitt
    Not terrible, just ok. Very average
  • Mediocre

    By chcocolatechick23
    I am a big golf fan who was very much compelled by the 2016 Ryder Cup, so this book, by an author I have enjoyed in the past. This one disappointed me. There is very little that justifies this being the "inside story" of the 2016 Ryder Cup, other than a few decent quotes and a couple of interesting tidbits about Tiger Woods, who chose not to be interviewed for the book. Feinstein has a tendency to try and take a quote or anecdote and make it seem like it's earth-shattering news, and it just doesn't work in this book, it's nothing more than a recap of a great event. If you don't love golf, it's definitely not worth our time; you're an avid golf fan, you may enjoy parts of it, but overall I'd say skip it.
  • One of the Best Golf Books

    By Jasontc3
    Any golf fan will love this book. So much insight and behind the scenes stories. I couldn’t put it down. A+
  • A real behind the scenes look!

    By Tiffnew
    Mr Feinstein did such a wonderful job of making me as a trader feel like we were right there in the trenches of the Ryder Cup. Also, great lead up with these stories of past Ryder Cups!