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Walter Hagen to Tiger Woods, a fascinating and knowledgeable history of golf through the most talented men and women to have ever played the game. Now in paperback, with a new section featuring rankings for each player

Covering the early amateur masters of the game, starting with Old Tom Morris, to the maestros of the Open era, this collection features biographies and career statistics of players from all over the world, including the U.S., UK, South Africa, Europe, and ...

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Overview

Walter Hagen to Tiger Woods, a fascinating and knowledgeable history of golf through the most talented men and women to have ever played the game. Now in paperback, with a new section featuring rankings for each player

Covering the early amateur masters of the game, starting with Old Tom Morris, to the maestros of the Open era, this collection features biographies and career statistics of players from all over the world, including the U.S., UK, South Africa, Europe, and Australia. From Ben Hogan and legendary figures such as Jack Nicklaus, to contemporary greats including Phil Mickelson, this history recounts the lives and achievements of the sport's leading players through fascinating anecdotes and insights into the development of the game across the decades. Arranged by era and with additional sections on the greatest ever drivers, bunker players, and putters, this is the ideal pick-up-and-dip-in book for all golfing aficionados, whatever their handicap.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I have no hesitation in recommending Andy Farrell's fascinating book." —Arnold Palmer

"Debates? There are many. Fun? Just consider his final five pairings in the race for the best through the ages. . . . Who wouldn't pay to follow those matches?" —Sports.com

"An enjoyable read." —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907642357
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,110,180
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Farrell is the author of The Open Championship. Padraig Harrington is a professional golfer who plays on the European Tour and the PGA Tour. He has won the Open Championship twice and the PGA Championship.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Introduction ix

From the Pioneers to the Great Triumvirate, 1860-1900

Allan Robertson 3

Willie Park Snr 4

Old Tom Morris 7

Young Tom Morris 9

John Ball 12

Harold Hilton 13

Freddie Tait 17

JH Taylor 19

Harry Vardon 22

James Braid 24

Arnaud Massy 27

Ted Ray 29

American Birth and the Age of the Emperor, 1900-1930

Willie Anderson 35

Walter Travis 36

Jerome Travers 39

Francis Ouimet 41

Jim Barnes 44

George Duncan 45

Walter Hage 49

Gene Sarazen 51

Bobby Jones 54

Cecil Leitch 59

Joyce Wethered 59

Glenna Collett Vare 62

Nelson, Hogan, Snead and the Babe, 1930-1950

Tommy Armour 67

Sir Henry Cotton 68

Lawson Little 71

Byron Nelson 73

Ben Hogan 76

Sam Snead 79

Jimmy Demaret 81

Cary Middlecoff 84

Jessie Valentine 86

Patty Berg 89

Babe Zahanas 91

Louise Suggs 94

Bets Rawls 96

International Expansion, 1950-1960

Bobby Locke 102

Flory Van Donck 104

Norman Von Nida 108

Peter Thomson 109

Kel Nagle 111

Christy O'Connor Snr 114

Joe Carr 116

Sir Michael Bonallack 119

Marlene Stewart Streit 121

Moe Norman 125

The Big Three, 1960-1970

Tommy Bolt 128

Mickey Wright 130

Arnold Palmer 133

Jack Nicklaus 135

Gary Player 138

Julius Boros 140

Tony Lema 141

Billy Casper 145

Bob Charles 147

Roberto de Vicenzo 150

Catherine Lacoste 152

JoAnne Carner 155

Kathy Whitworth 156

Charlie Sifford 160

The Nicklaus Challengers, 1970-1980

Lee Trevino 165

Tony Jacklin 166

Raymond Floyd 169

Johnny Miller 171

Hale Irwin 173

Tom Watson 176

Nancy Lopez 178

Isao Aoki 181

Seve and the Rise of Eurpoe, 1980-1995

Severiano Ballestero 186

Bernhard Langer 188

Sandy Lyle 189

Sir Nick Faldo 193

Ian Woosnam 195

Curtis Strange 199

Ben Crenshaw 200

Payne Stewart 202

Greg Norman 205

Nick Price 207

John Daly 210

José María Olazábal 212

Colin Montgomerie 215

The Tiger Era, 1995-2011

Ernie Els 220

Vijay Singh 221

Juli Inkster 224

Laura Davies 227

Se Ri Pak 229

Karrie Webb 233

Annika Sörenstam 234

Tiger Woods 237

Phil Mickelson 239

David Duval 243

Retief Goosen 244

Sergio Garcia 246

Padraig Harrington 249

Lorena Ochoa 251

Yani Tseng 253

Lee Westwood 256

Darren Clarke 259

Rory Mcllroy 261

Conclusion 265

Acknowledgements 277

Bibliography 281

Index 283

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    The Profiles Are the Best Part

    An engaging new volume has British golf expert writing biographical sketches of 100 notable golfers. Farrell's approach is chronological from Allan Robertson to Rory McIlroy. The proflies (generally about a page each) are excellent and make a case for each golfer's inclusion giving the essential details of each career and omitting nothing important. Having said this, I have two reservations. First, the pictures (one for each golfer) are not well-reproduced, ranging from just adequate to very poor (Lee Trevino, for example.) Second, Farrell's choices tend to be inclusive rather than analytical. John Daly and Charlie Sifford both have great stories, but neither is among the best hundred. And Farrell tends to include golf pioneers whose career credentials don't quite measure up. The book is a great read, but for a reliable list of golf's best, I'll stick with Elliott Kalb's WHO'S BETTER, WHO'S BEST IN GOLF, even though a few years out of date.

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