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Day one of the 1997 United States Open.

At exactly noon, Tiger Woods, once known as Eldrick, now known as golf's

messiah, stepped onto the first tee at the Congressional Country Club with

playing partners Steve Jones and Tom Lehman. Jones was the defending Open

champion. Lehman was the reigning British Open champion. Among the

thousands pressed against the gallery ropes, five and six deep from tee to

green, there might have been a hundred who were there to see the two Open

titleholders.

Everyone else had come to see Tiger. He was twenty-one years old, a

multi-multi-millionaire, and already a one-name athlete, as in Michael or

Shaq, Deion or The Shark. Only, at that moment Tiger was bigger than all

of them. Even Michael. He was nine weeks removed from one of the most

stunning performances in the history of sports, a twelve-shot victory in

the Masters that had left people in golf groping for words to describe

what they had seen. And what they had seen was impossible. He's a boy

among men, Tom Watson had said at the time. And he's teaching the men a

lesson.

The Masters had elevated Woods to a level of fame that perhaps no athlete

other than Muhammad Ali had ever achieved. People who knew absolutely

nothing about golf, cared not at all about the sport, stopped to watch

Tiger play. Children who once wanted to be like Mike and slam-dunk from

the free-throw line now wanted to be Tiger and hit 350-yard drives. He

signed endorsement contracts for staggering amounts of money. He blew off

the president of the United States and Rachel Robinson, the widow of the

century's most important athlete--and made no apologies for it. He didn't

have to. He was Tiger. They weren't.

His arrival on the grounds of Congressional at the start of the week had

made a presidential motorcade look understated. Every time he moved,

thousands moved with him. He was surrounded by so many security people

that even other players were hesitant to approach him for fear they might

get knocked backward by a large, unsmiling man in sunglasses.

Miraculously, Woods seemed perfectly at ease with it all. At one point,

lingering on the driving range while dozens of media types stood at a

respectful distance, Woods looked at a couple of friends and said, Watch

this.

He took five steps to his left, as if to leave the range. The security

force immediately began to form a wedge, advance men flying toward the

ropes to clear the area lest some fan momentarily impede Tiger's exit. The

media also began moving. Cameras were hoisted onto shoulders, tape

recorders began whirring, notebooks were scribbled in. Then Tiger stopped.

The wedge stopped instantly. The media, of course, also stopped. Tiger

smiled, turned, and walked back to where he had been standing. It was a

remarkable display of absolute power.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

The author of A Good Walk Spoiled offers an unflinching critical analysis of the career of Tiger Woods and the role of his agents, his father, and the money machine of professional sports in fueling his success. Original.

Synopsis:

THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT

"The Masters elevated Tiger Woods to a level of fame that perhaps no athlete outside of Muhammed Ali had ever achieved. People who knew absolutely nothing about golf, cared not at all about the sport, stopped to watch Tiger play. . . . He signed endorsement contracts for staggering amounts of money. He blew off the president of the United States and Rachel Robinson, the widow of the century's most important athlete--and made no apologies for it. He didn't have to. He was Tiger. They weren't."

--from The First Coming

About the Author

John Feinstein spent eleven years on the staff at the Washington Post, as well as writing for Sports Illustrated and the National Sports Daily. He is a commentator on NPR's "Morning Edition,a regular on ESPN's "The Sports Reportersand a visiting professor of journalism at Duke University.

His first book, A Season on the Brink, is the bestselling sports book of all time. A Good Walk Spoiled was a #1 New York Times bestseller in hardcover and in paperback. His other books on the subject of sports include A Season Inside, Forever's Team, Hard Courts, Play Ball, A Civil War: Army vs. Navy, and, most recently, A March to Madness: The View from the Floor in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307766977
Subtitle:
Tiger Woods, Master or Martyr
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Feinstein, John
Author:
John Feinstein
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Golf - General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Woods, tiger, 1975-
Subject:
Golf
Subject:
Golfers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Golfers
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Golf - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Woods, Tiger
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Golf
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19980324
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
88

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Product details 88 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307766977 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of A Good Walk Spoiled offers an unflinching critical analysis of the career of Tiger Woods and the role of his agents, his father, and the money machine of professional sports in fueling his success. Original.
"Synopsis" by , THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT

"The Masters elevated Tiger Woods to a level of fame that perhaps no athlete outside of Muhammed Ali had ever achieved. People who knew absolutely nothing about golf, cared not at all about the sport, stopped to watch Tiger play. . . . He signed endorsement contracts for staggering amounts of money. He blew off the president of the United States and Rachel Robinson, the widow of the century's most important athlete--and made no apologies for it. He didn't have to. He was Tiger. They weren't."

--from The First Coming

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