Sports Books: The Greatest Game Ever Played - Mark Frost (Little Brown, Pounds 17.99)

Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England), August 25, 2002 | Go to article overview

Sports Books: The Greatest Game Ever Played - Mark Frost (Little Brown, Pounds 17.99)


Byline: Vince Ellis

EVERY once in a while a sporting event transcends the boundaries of competition and infects the psyche of a nation.

In my 33 years the most important sporting event I have ever witnessed was the 1985 Ryder Cup.

It was the competition when Europe finally proved to the Americans that they were not only equally good golfers, but they were better, the best.

When a tearful Sam Torrance held his arms aloft on the 18th green of The Belfry 17 years ago, it did more than signal the thrilling climax of a breathtaking adventure - it provoked a sea change in a sport.

In my lifetime it is the event that comes closest to a showdown of 72 years earlier that had an even bigger impact on golf.

Epic

The 1913 US Open Championship was more than a memorable battle, it was the battle, a clash of two golfing heroes - Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet. …

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