Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships

Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships

Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships

Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

It is with pleasure—and it’s an honor—to write a few words about Bill Fields and his talented prose. I have always loved golf history, for it is rich with people and places and the famous battlefields where many important events and milestones have occurred.

Bill writes about a wide variety of that history in this collection of some of his best stories. One happens to be about amateur Francis Ouimet’s historic victory in the 1913 U.S. Open at the Country Club near Boston against British titans Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. It was the Country Club where I traveled in 1968 to compete in the U.S. Junior Amateur, an experience that heightened my interest in the sport’s past.

There is a broad mix of subjects in this anthology. Bill’s portraits of Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan illuminate America’s great triumvirate born a century ago. His profiles of Jimmy Demaret, Billy Joe Patton, and Bert Yancey speak to the rich characters who have inhabited our game. He writes revealingly about the unique putting challenge at Augusta National Golf Club, where generations of champions have tried to solve those baffling greens.

There are very few writers whose words reflect the research and love and sensitivity that Bill’s do. They can run the full gamut of . . .

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