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Before there was a Tiger, golfers cowered before a Golden Bear. Jack Nicklaus took the PGA Tour by storm in 1972, threatening to win all four majors. Standing in his way were rivals of legendary gamesmanship and talent. In Tour '72 Michael D'Antonio, author of Tin Cup Dreams, revisits one of golf's most legendary seasons.
Chasing Nicklaus down the fairway were Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Trevino, the 1971 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, was a working-class hero whose hardscrabble background and free-spirited demeanor contrasted to Nicklaus's privileged upbringing and competitive gravity. Palmer, a top rival to Nicklaus in the '60s and a sentimental favorite, was still capable of unleashing a vigorous charge. Player, the controversial South African with Hollywood looks and deadly shot-making ability, was a perennial dark horse.
Tour '72 evokes a time when golf, of all sports, deflected public attention from a tumultuous worldwide political environment. As Nicklaus notches up the victories, meticulously plotting his Grand Slam, Trevino, et al. become all the more desperate to stop him. Fully evoked in Tour '72 is the unparalleled drama that occurs when titans clash on the links. (Brenn Jones)