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In a long, award-winning career writing about golf, Bill Fields has sought out the most interesting stories—not just those featuring big winners and losers, but the ones that get at the very character of the game. Collected here, his pieces offer an intriguing portrait of golf over the past century. The legends are here in vivid profiles of such familiar figures as Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Mickey Wright, and Tiger Woods. But so are lesser-known golfers like John Schlee, Billy Joe Patton, and Bert Yancey, whose tales are no less compelling.
The book is filled with colorful moments and perceptive observations about golf greats ranging from the first American-born U.S. Open champion, Johnny McDermott, to Seve Ballesteros, the Spaniard who led Europe’s resurgence in the game in the late twentieth century. Fields gives us golf writing at its finest, capturing the game’s larger dramas and finer details, its personalities and its enduring appeal.
|Publisher:||UNP - Nebraska Paperback|
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About the Author
Veteran sports journalist Bill Fields is a four-time winner of the Golf Writers Association of America’s annual writing contest. A former senior editor at Golf World, his work has also appeared in Golf Digest, the New York Times, and The Best American Sports Writing.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ben Crenshaw ix
Part 1 Tall Shadows: The Greats
1 Golf's Gray Ghost 3
2 He Came, He Won, He Died 13
3 The Trials of a Trailblazer 22
4 Man of the Century 33
5 A Place in Time 44
6 King of the Hill 54
7 A Golfer and a Gentleman 66
8 Simply the Best 74
9 Arnie, Now and Then 84
10 Seve: Portrait of an Artist 100
Part 2 Inside the Ropes: Courses and Competitions
11 Changing the Course of History 111
12 The Streak 119
13 He Went Down Swinging 131
14 Homero Blancas's 55 143
15 Lost and Found 151
16 A Champion's Last Hurrah 164
17 Surround Sound 174
18 Devil's Island 184
19 Fortunate Son 191
20 Thoughts from Augusta 198
Part 3 More than a Score: The Characters
21 Shades of Greatness 213
22 A Fleck of History 223
23 The Gospel according to Joe Dey 239
24 The Mouth That Roared 250
25 The High Life and Hard Times of John Schlee 256
26 Taking a Stand 267
27 The Detour of a Phenom 275
28 The Journey of Jim Simons 285
29 Still Driven after All These Years 294
30 The Man Who Loved Golf to Death 304
Epilogue: The Tiger Era 315
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This anthology is a wonderful choice for anyone interested in the game of golf. Included are pieces on great players, great moments and great courses. The thread that stitches them together is the perceptive yet straightforward writing that is the hallmark of Bill Fields. A great addition to any golfer's library or an excellent gift for the golfer in your life.