Overview

Once called "The Most Powerful Person in Golf," former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman transformed the Tour into the success story it is today. The book offers an intimate portrait of Beman's shift from hardened golf competitor to an executive of change. In a never-before-told story, Schupak reveals how Beman survived a coup attempt led by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and a Hall of Fame roll call of the era, who thought the Tour had no business being in the marketing and licensing business. Had that been ...
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Overview

Once called "The Most Powerful Person in Golf," former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman transformed the Tour into the success story it is today. The book offers an intimate portrait of Beman's shift from hardened golf competitor to an executive of change. In a never-before-told story, Schupak reveals how Beman survived a coup attempt led by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and a Hall of Fame roll call of the era, who thought the Tour had no business being in the marketing and licensing business. Had that been successful, players today would not enjoy the most lucrative pension program in sports, and the Senior Tour and the Nationwide Tour probably would not exist. Pro golf arguably would be a second tier sport.

The book also details how Beman got 415 acres for $1 and built TPC Sawgrass, home of the most photographed hole in golf, “without spending a nickel of the Tour’s money,” and built a network of courses with net cash flow north of $250 million.
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Editorial Reviews

Geoff Shackelford
Adam Schupak opens the newly released biography of former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman with the never-before-told story of an attempted coup in the 1980s by two of golf's most high-profile players: Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. In the same way a shrewd fiction writer lures readers in with a blazing opening scene, Schupak...sets the tone for this illuminating, and at times, shockingly frank look inside golf, business and the mind of golf's most powerful man from 1974 to 1994.
John Paul Newport
Beman reinvented virtually every aspect of professional tournament golf...How Beman pulled this off is the subject of a new book by Adam Schupak called "Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Force." It's as much a business narrative as a sports book, and all the more fascinating for it.
Jim Nugent
It should be required reading for years to come by every guy who qualifies for a PGA Tour membership card...and there ought to be a quiz to make sure they really understood what they read.
Joe Ogilvie
Through 9 chapter's in Schupak's Deane Beman book. Have learned more about the history of the PGA Tour than my time on the (Tour) policy board.
Jay Flemma
Although it's certainly too early to be picking a winner for any sports book of the year awards, golf writer Adam Schupak stands a terrific chance of having to clear out space on his trophy case for some hardware. His new book, "Deane Beman - Golf's Driving Force," is a detailed review of the monumental accomplishments of the PGA Tour commissioner who transformed the organization from an also-ran in the sports world to a powerhouse. It's simply the best glimpse into the business side of the game
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013605640
  • Publisher: East Cottage Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 725,872
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Adam Schupak has been lugging his laptop and golf bag and following the sun to write about golf since 1997. He has worked for the PGA Tour, World Golf Hall of Fame, and as a senior writer at Golfweek.

Schupak graduated from Colgate University, where he played varsity golf, and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schupak resides in Orlando, Fla., but remains a New Yorker at heart. His trophy for winning the 1999 TPC Sawgrass ‘A Flight’ Club Championship is on permanent display in his living room.
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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Deane Beman made the PGA Tour what it is today

    I thought I knew everything there was to know about the PGA Tour. I didn't, but author Adam Schupak details the 20-year tenure of former Commissioner Deane Beman with enough behind the curtains tidbits to satisfy any hard core golf fan. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was well-written, thought provoking, inspiring and entertaining. It gave me great insight into how the PGA Tour became what it is today. Best of all it's a very easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    Could be sports book of the year

    Probably the best of its genre since Al Barkow's history of the Tour, but seen through the eyes of the visionary of the "New Tour" and 200 others who made it happen. No golf or even sports book comes close to the reporting, research and narrative in this terrific book. Not dry and slow and from the very first chapter grabs you and keeps you asking for more inside info. I thought it was great.

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