An insider's handbook on the most popular kind of competitive golf, published to coincide with the 1999 Ryder Cup in September.
Match-play golf-hole-by-hole, head-to-head scorekeeping-is the format of competition favored in most friendly golf games. It is also the format of the prestigious and enormously popular Ryder Cup matches, the eagerly anticipated and heavily hyped United States vs. England competition that occurs every two years.
But match play is like five-card poker. There are numerous versions and variations, and complex betting schemes. Savvy and irreverent, Never Out of the Hole explains the ins and outs, the rules, the lore, the traditions. It also covers strategy and playing tips, and offers a complete introduction to the history of match-play golf, including its great moments and lessons learned from its greatest masters.