The Fairway Game: An Anthology of Golf's Great Finishes and Comebacks

The Fairway Game: An Anthology of Golf's Great Finishes and Comebacks

by Dick Wimmer
     
 

This anthology of the best golf sportswriting focuses on the legendary final rounds—great writing on great golf.  See more details below

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This anthology of the best golf sportswriting focuses on the legendary final rounds—great writing on great golf.

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Sports anthologist Wimmer (The Home Run Game, p. 619, etc.) turns his attention to golf in this slim but pleasing collection. "Golf is the cruelest game, because eventually it will drag you out in front of the whole school, take your lunch money and slap you around." This line appears in Rick Reilly's piece about Greg Norman's complete collapse the last day of the 1996 Masters and perfectly captures the heartbreak of the sport, and suggests why fans are hooked on it. Ranging from 1923 to 1999, the 20 pieces here capture the drama and—in most pieces—the joy of some of golf's greatest last-round finishes and games by such stars such as Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, and Tiger Woods. There are features about women golfers (Patty Sheehan and Annika Sorenstam), and some not-so-famous-names such as Jack Fleck, whose remembrances of his surprising win over Hogan in the 1955 US Open are captured in a spirited 1995 article. Besides lyrical and flourishing pieces by legendary writers such as Red Smith, Grantland Rice, Herbert Warren Wind, and Alistair Cooke, Wimmer also includes humor (Dan Jenkins spoofs television commentaries, and Mike Downey writes about golfer Guy McQuitty's awful first round of the 1986 British Open) and an excerpt from Ian Fleming's Goldfinger. A fascinating angle of the game is offered by Wilfred Sheed, who focuses on the various emotions played out on Jack Nicklaus's face during the 1986 Masters. John Updike describes the moment the golfer connects with a mighty swing as the "saintly letting go that golf asks of its devotees." Golf fans will enjoy reliving some dramatic games and reading about some of their heroes while enjoying the proseof some of the best sportswriters and sports-lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580800396
Publisher:
Burford Books
Publication date:
10/18/1999
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.66(d)

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