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Vincent Hogan: A real novel opportunity for Monty's Ryder Cup expedition

Published 23/08/2010 | 05:00

One of the many charms of John Feinstein's remarkable book 'A Good Walk Spoiled' is the light it shines behind the closed door of a Ryder Cup team-room.

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This is sacred territory and so, ordinarily, a place ripe for all manner of mythology. Feinstein never actually got inside, of course, but enjoyed a sufficiently cordial relationship with enough American players to become privy to the minutest detail of Tom Watson's captaincy in '93.

America won the Cup that year at The Belfry and, so, we get an access-all-areas badge to find out precisely how they did it. That badge takes us from an edgy White House visit with Bill Clinton beforehand (most US players being staunchly Republican) right through to an oddly forlorn image of Watson afterwards, left all alone in the team's hospitality room at maybe 5.0am, drinking wine and smoking a fat cigar, with a recording of the BBC's coverage turned up as loud as it could go.

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