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Are You Kidding Me?: The Story of Rocco Mediate's Extraordinary Battle with Tiger Woods at the US Open

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Superb

    We all know so much about Tiger, so about 2/3's of the book are about Rocco and his history and rise. The last 1/3 was about the match and it was both interesting and eye-opening. The relationship between Rocco and Tiger, on and off the course is really worth knowing.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

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    Great U.S. Open - Not a Great Book

    I'd imagine any golf fan who watched this particular U.S. Open was thrilled throughout, particularly Sunday and Monday. Rocco Mediate, clear underdog, someone we could all root for, a real life "Rocky,"....against the Woods machine. Feinstein provides a solid buildup throughout the first half of the book regarding Mediate's background, and even does well describing the actual golf action in the second half. It just felt like a VERY LONG magazine article. Good, solid, informative. Just not at all a great book and not one I'd recommend anyone rush out to read.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

    Decent for Golf Fans

    Very decent book if you like golf and know the players. Easy weekend read. I enjoy all of the books I have read authored by John Feinstein so I was not surprised. Have fun with this one.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Why is Tiger's pool boy out there?

    The life of a PGA Tour Professional can be a difficult road when they are struggling to find their game. Living out of a suit case, traveling from motel to hotel around the country is just the life style of a regular tour pro; some might say they are alone together. Rocco Mediate is a normal tour pro, just a typical career with a couple of wins and plagued with an annoying back injury. No one ever dreamed of a man like this to challenge the best golfer in the world no less at the biggest tournament of the year. Not even Rocco thought this would be possible but when the opportunity appeared he did not back down to the most dominant player ever to play the game of golf.

    Are You Kidding Me? is not only the title of the book but is also a quote stated by Tiger and Rocco during their epic duel at the 2008 U.S. Open. Everyone knows the story of how an average Joe, Rocco almost beat Tiger Woods, the Goliath of golf. But most people do not appreciate how Rocco Mediate got to that spot, maybe only his fellow tour pros know how hard he had to work to become the man he is today. Starting golf at an older age compared to his peers, Rocco became obsessed with the game and worked consistently to improve.

    Rocco Mediate gave an important message to everyone when he stood toe to toe with Tiger, and that was never to back down to anything. He did not let Tiger psyche him out just by wearing a red shirt on Sunday; he smiled back while wearing his own red shirt. I liked everything about this book as a golfer myself, it gave details I never knew about the PGA Tour and what it is like to be an average guy out there. I knew the book was biography but the parts about Rocco's family life I did not enjoy as it was boring. Never the less this book should be read by all golf fans and anyone who wants to be apart of this extraordinary game.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    Pittsburgh Still Loves Rocco!!!

    Excellent reading on my trip to and from Rome, Italy! Being from the Pittsburgh area, Rocco maintains the never give up attitude common to Pittsburgh, and John Feinstein brought it out once again very well. Maybe Johnnie Miller needs to read this book before he shoots off his mouth again about "the pool attendant" taking on Tiger!!!!

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

    Entertaining

    Great insight to the game and the US Open. I enjoyed the stories.
    I also recommend Mentalrules for golf

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