Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont

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Now in paperback-the unforgettable story of the 1973 U.S. Open and the unknown young golfer who astonished the world.

In 1973, a Who's Who of golf greats gathered at Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were among those favored to win. Instead, 26-year-old Johnny Miller edged out the legends and crafted a record-setting 63 to win by a single stroke.

With fascinating profiles of Miller, Palmer, Nicklaus, Lee ...

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Overview

Now in paperback-the unforgettable story of the 1973 U.S. Open and the unknown young golfer who astonished the world.

In 1973, a Who's Who of golf greats gathered at Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were among those favored to win. Instead, 26-year-old Johnny Miller edged out the legends and crafted a record-setting 63 to win by a single stroke.

With fascinating profiles of Miller, Palmer, Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, and John Schlee, Chasing Greatness beautifully captures one of the unlikeliest victories and most dramatic sports triumphs of the past half century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594287117
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Lazarus

Adam Lazarus is a freelance sports journalist.
Steve Schlossman is a professor of American social and cultural history at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches a course on the history of golf.

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Table of Contents

Prologue. Talkin' Oakmont 1

Day 1 June 14, 1973

1 The King Never Left 11

2 The Big Three Reborn 29

3 A View from the Parking Lot 47

4 Carnage 73

Day 2 June 15, 1973

5 The Prince and the King 89

6 A Watered-down Open 108

Day 3 June 16, 1973

7 "He's Longer Than Nicklaus.... Go Watch This Boy." 139

8 A Day for All Ages 168

9 Joe Feast vs. Joe Famine 187

10 Chasing a Living, Chasing Trouble 201

Day 4 June 17, 1973

11 The Mad Scramble 233

12 The Greatest Nine Ever 260

13 Chasing Greatness 273

Chasing Greatness, Twenty Years Later

14 Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Trevino 297

15 Tom Weiskopf 311

16 John Schlee 324

17 Johnny Miller 337

Appendix I Johnny Miller's 63: The Greatest Round Ever? A Historical and Statistical Perspective 353

Appendix II Interviews Conducted for Chasing Greatness 363

Acknowledgments 365

Endnotes 369

Index 413

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