Tales from Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major

Tales from Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major

by John Feinstein
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Tales from Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major by John Feinstein

It is the tournament that separates champions from mortals. It is the starting point for the careers of future legends and can be the final stop on the down escalator for fading stars. The annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is one of the most grueling competitions in any sport. Every fall, veterans and talented hopefuls sweat through six rounds of hell at Q school, as the tournament is universally known, to get a shot at the PGA Tour, vying for the 30 slots available. The grim reality: if you don't make it through Q school, you're not on the PGA tour. You're out. And those who make it to the six day finals are the lucky ones: Hundreds more players fail to get through the equally grueling first two stages of the event. John Feinstein tells the story of the players who compete for these coveted positions in the 2005 Q school as only he can. With arresting accounts from the players, established winners, rising stars, the defeated and the endlessly hopeful, America's favorite sportswriter unearths the inside story behind the PGA Tour's brutal all-or-nothing competition.

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ISBN-13: 9780316014328
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/05/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 653,615
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John Feinstein is the bestselling author of Last Dance, Next Man Up, Let Me Tell You a Story (with Red Auerbach), Caddy for Life, Open, The Punch, The Last Amateurs, The Majors, A Good Walk Spoiled, A Civil War, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, Hard Courts, and two novels. He writes for Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis Magazine and Basketball America and is a regular commentator on NPR and CBS.

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Tales from Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Q School is golfs little known training ground. This book paints the plain picture of the pressures, joys, and heartbreaks experienced every year by golfers trying to get on the tour! The book is very easy to read, but plan to do it in large chunks, because there are so many players mentioned, it is easy to lose track of them all. Part of the attaction of the book was watching the tournaments on the weekend, and seeing names from the book on the leader boards!
MediaRaven More than 1 year ago
Q School has changed a bit since this book was written, but it's still a great resource to understand the pressures of becoming a professional golfer. Feinstein captures the joys and horrors experienced along the way to the PGA Golf Tour. He has dozens of personal stories, including quite a few golfers who are now well known or were for a period of time. Some stories are very inspirational, and this is a great reminder that athletes have real-life issues to deal with like everyone else. Highly recommended for any serious golf fan.
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Nazgul21 More than 1 year ago
I have often said to friends that when it comes to Tiger, we are watching our Babe Ruth. After reading this book, I'm even more convinced. The book was not about Tiger, but about the other guys that make up the tour who are capable of winning each week. Feinstein let's us get to know the guys we think we know as well as the guys we know nothing about. We get to know why golf is such an honorable sport and how sportsmanship is placed above winning. We also see what it's like to get to the point of saying goodbye to a dream only to be put to sleep and mesmerized once more. Which brings me back to Tiger; he's never had to go to Q-School and never will. He's so much more mentally tough that he'll never have to wonder whether he's good enough to make the tour or stay on the tour. As much as it makes you respect Tiger, it also makes you respect the other guys even more. I recommend this book to anyone that plays golf, has a passing interest in golf, or just likes to read about sports.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, I enjoyed the subject matter of the book because I'm an avid golfer. And, as usual, Feinstein repeats and repearts and repeatts 'stories' within the book. How many times, in how many places, does the reader need to be told the same thing?! And, often, he starts talking about someone, then brings in another golfer to the 'story,' then, much later on, says 'he' did this or that - and the question then is 'who is the 'he' he's now talking about?' As I said, I enjoyed the subject matter, but he needs to learn how to write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John has that wonderful knack of writing good books about the most important and mesmerizing events ... and people. And in his newest, he picked what's really the most pressurized golf event in the world: Q School. It is ... and always has been. You know you've got a good book in your hands ... especially when it's nonfiction ... especially when it's about a whole bunch of fellows in khaki pants for God's sakes ... and when you're reading along and your heart starts thumping ... and you pull for everybody. ¿¿Todd Sentell is the author of Toonamint of Champions: How LaJuaninta Mumps Got to Join Augusta National Golf Club Real Easy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Feinstein's best. Takes you inside the rigors of trying to qualify for the PGA tour. You can feel the pressure, agony and triumph right along with the golfers.