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A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tourby John Feinstein
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There's no sport as melodramatic as golf, where a single missed putt can cost a player thousands of dollars in lost prize money?or can even cost him his spot on tour. In A Good Walk Spoiled, John Feinstein captures that drama as it's never been captured before. Feinstein spent 1993 and 1994 on the PGA Tour, walking courses with Greg Norman, Nick Price, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, and other golf giants, and his book is a stunning revelation of all that goes into the game at its highest levels. Beginning with Davis Love III's clutch performance to help win the Ryder Cup, he takes us through the extraordinary events of an enthralling year: Nick Price nailing a fifty-foot putt on the 17th hole of the final round to ensure victory at the British Open; Paul Azinger stunning the world with the news of his cancer; John Daly upsetting the establishment?and his fellow golfers?with allegations of drug use on tour.
This is the first book about golf that takes us past the ropes, into the locker room, inside the golfers' lives, and even inside their heads. Feinstein reveals the astounding tension at the top, where even the world's most renowned golfers find the sport an elusive mystery. He illuminates the inconceivable pressure of staying on form in a game in which last year's star often becomes this year's casualty. He examines the do-or-die pressure on nonstar players fighting for a spot on tour at the annual Qualifying School, and he reveals some of the private side of the game's pressures?how much players come to hate the grind of the tour and the toll it can take on family life. Most of all, in tournament after tournament, Feinstein shows the compelling drive of champions, men who work endlessly on every nuance of their game, honing the finer elements that help them explode occasionally into flawless, inspired play. Written with the insight, authority, and humor that made bestsellers of Feinstein's previous books, A Good Walk Spoiled is a masterful account that will enthrall everyone who loves the impossible game of golf.
In the highly acclaimed bestseller A Good Walk Spoiled, John Feinstein captures the world of professional golf as it has never been captured before. Traveling with the golfers on the PGA Tour, Feinstein gets inside the heads of the game's greatest players as well as its struggling wannabes. Meet superstars like Nick Price, who nailed a fifty-foot putt at the seventeenth to win the British Open, and Paul Azinger, who marked his return from a bout with cancer with an emotional appearance at the Buick Open. Go behind the scenes for Davis Love III's unforgettable come-from-behind victory in the Ryder Cup. In golf, Feinstein eloquently relates, the line that separates triumph from disappointment is incredibly fine. "One week you've discovered the secret to the game; the next week you never want to play it again".
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