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Gems of wisdom about golf and lifeand a spirited call for a return to the game's core valuesfrom one of the game's most respected elder statesmen and former champions

Legendary player and teacher Jackie Burke is the preeminent elder statesman of American golf. A PGA Champion, a Masters Champion, a Vardon Trophy winner, and a PGA Player of the Year, he won four consecutive tournaments in 1952; and is a winner of seventeen events on the PGA Tour, a five-time Ryder Cup member (twice as captain), and a member of the PGA, Texas Golf, and World Golf Halls of Fame. Before leaving the PGA Tour he cofounded (with Jimmy Demaret) the world-famous Champions Golf Club (host of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur, and five PGA Tour Championships) and has instructed students including Phil Mickelson, Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Ben Crenshaw, and many other PGA Tour pros in a career that has spanned seven decades.

Reverberating with the straight-talking Texas wisdom that could only come from Jackie Burke, It's Only a Game will bring the words of this venerable sage to everyone who loves the links. Spiced with anecdotes from a long and illustrious career, this stirring book features pithy insights on the nature of competition and the erosion of amateur play. Burke goes on the record about profit-minded equipment manufacturers and self-promoting golf gurus. His provocative topics include insight into why the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team suffered its worst defeat ever (Burke was a cocaptain), the alarmingly high cost of playing public and resort courses, country clubs that stress cosmetic appearances over the playing of the game, and a host of other topics. He also provides no-nonsense, time-tested secrets for improving anyone's golf game, based not on shallow "tips" but on a well-rounded, sensible approach to the game that he began developing before the Great Depression.

Acclaim for It's Only a Game:

"Easily the best golf instructional-type book since Harvey Penick's Little Red Book. . . . This book is a classic."

Bud Shrake, coauthor Harvey Penick's Little Red Book "Jackie is a warrior. He is a born competitor who meets every challenge head on, on and off the golf course. His values and integrity are unassailable, as pure as those of any man I've known."

Ben Crenshaw

"This book is pure Jackie, and I hope that from reading it you get some of the fulfillment and enjoyment he's given to me and others over the years."

Steve Elkington

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Legendary player and teacher Jackie Burke is the preeminent elder statesman of American golf. A PGA Champion, a Masters Champion, a Vardon Trophy winner, and a PGA Player of the Year, he won four consecutive tournaments in 1952; and is a winner of seventeen events on the PGA Tour, a five-time Ryder Cup member (twice as captain), and a member of the PGA, Texas Golf, and World Golf Halls of Fame. Before leaving the PGA Tour he cofounded (with Jimmy Demaret) the world-famous Champions Golf Club (host of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur, and five PGA Tour Championships) and has instructed students including Phil Mickelson, Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Ben Crenshaw, and many other PGA Tour pros in a career that has spanned seven decades.

Reverberating with the straight-talking Texas wisdom that could only come from Jackie Burke, It’s Only a Game will bring the words of this venerable sage to everyone who loves the links. Spiced with anecdotes from a long and illustrious career, this stirring book features pithy insights on the nature of competition and the erosion of amateur play. Burke goes on the record about profit-minded equipment manufacturers and self-promoting golf gurus. His provocative topics include insight into why the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team suffered its worst defeat ever (Burke was a cocaptain), the alarmingly high cost of playing public and resort courses, country clubs that stress cosmetic appearances over the playing of the game, and a host of other topics. He also provides no-nonsense, time-tested secrets for improving anyone’s golf game, based not on shallow “tips” but on a well-rounded, sensible approach to the game that he began developing before the Great Depression.

Synopsis:

Gems of wisdom about golf and life--and a spirited call for a return to the game's core values--are offered by one of the game's most respected elder statesmen and former champions.

About the Author

Jackie Burke, Jr. was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 he received the Bob Jones Award from the U.S. Golf Association for distinguished sportsmanship, American golf’s highest award. His playing record includes seventeen PGA Tour victories, including the 1956 Masters and PGA Championship. He played on five Ryder Cup teams in the 1950s, serving as player-captain in 1957 and solo captain in 1973.

Guy Yocom is an awardwinning senior writer for Golf Digest and the coauthor of Tiger Woods’s How I Play Golf and Johnny Miller’s I Call the Shots.

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garry, December 19, 2006 (view all comments by garry)
I have read many books on golf and this is one of the best, it is good old fashion wisdom of the ages on how to learn to be a better player. I have read this twice and I'm planning on purchasing another copy for a christmas gift. I regard this in the same excellance as The Little Red Book by Harvey Pennick. If I have a chance I would even like to meet the author and get his autograph. He writes with integrity, honesty and straight from the heart and in this day and age it's most refreshing. Thank-you Jackie Burke, Jr.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592401161
With:
Yocom, Guy
Publisher:
Gotham Books
With:
Yocom, Guy
Author:
Burke, Jackie
Author:
Yocom, Guy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Golf
Subject:
Golf - General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Golf
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.68x5.90x.86 in. .69 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Legendary player and teacher Jackie Burke is the preeminent elder statesman of American golf. A PGA Champion, a Masters Champion, a Vardon Trophy winner, and a PGA Player of the Year, he won four consecutive tournaments in 1952; and is a winner of seventeen events on the PGA Tour, a five-time Ryder Cup member (twice as captain), and a member of the PGA, Texas Golf, and World Golf Halls of Fame. Before leaving the PGA Tour he cofounded (with Jimmy Demaret) the world-famous Champions Golf Club (host of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur, and five PGA Tour Championships) and has instructed students including Phil Mickelson, Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Ben Crenshaw, and many other PGA Tour pros in a career that has spanned seven decades.

Reverberating with the straight-talking Texas wisdom that could only come from Jackie Burke, It’s Only a Game will bring the words of this venerable sage to everyone who loves the links. Spiced with anecdotes from a long and illustrious career, this stirring book features pithy insights on the nature of competition and the erosion of amateur play. Burke goes on the record about profit-minded equipment manufacturers and self-promoting golf gurus. His provocative topics include insight into why the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team suffered its worst defeat ever (Burke was a cocaptain), the alarmingly high cost of playing public and resort courses, country clubs that stress cosmetic appearances over the playing of the game, and a host of other topics. He also provides no-nonsense, time-tested secrets for improving anyone’s golf game, based not on shallow “tips” but on a well-rounded, sensible approach to the game that he began developing before the Great Depression.

"Synopsis" by , Gems of wisdom about golf and life--and a spirited call for a return to the game's core values--are offered by one of the game's most respected elder statesmen and former champions.
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