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Author John Feinstein on Golf’s ‘First Major’

Every other year, men’s golf teams from the U.S. and Europe gather to compete for the Ryder Cup. It’s a tradition that dates back nearly a century.

The U.S. has won 26 matches since the first competition took place in 1927. But as the U.S. team headed into the most recent tournament, it had been on a losing streak. Led by captain Davis Love III, the group of elite golfers set out hungry for a win.

The tournament’s long history, star players and energetic fan base are chronicled in John Feinstein’s new book “The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup.”

Feinstein has written dozens of books, including “A Good Walk Spoiled” and “A Season on the Brink,” and also writes for the Washington Post and Golf Digest. He joins us in discussion.

More: Read an excerpt from the book.

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