Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fiction

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Title: The Money-Whipped Steer-Job Three-Jack Give-up Artist

Author: Dan Jenkins

Data: Doubleday, 261 pages, $24.95

Review by Garry Smits

Bobby Joe Grooves has never won one of golf's major championships, but that's the least of his problems. He has two ex-wives and a high-strung girlfriend, all of whom know enough about math and the PGA Tour to calculate his standing on the money list before he can.

He's also in a putting slump, is sorry that he ever gave up smoking and has such an irrational fear of snakes that he withdrew from a tournament he was leading because there was one sunning itself a bit too close to his ball.

Such is the life of a PGA Tour "dog," as Grooves describes himself and any other player who can win an odd Nissan Open or Honda Classic but hasn't yet joined golf's elite players in winning a Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship.

Grooves' season-long bid to either win a major or make the U.S. Ryder Cup team is the focus of the latest sports novel by Dan Jenkins, The Money-Whipped Steer-Job Three-Jack Give-up Artist.

At the age of 70, Jenkins is at the top of his game with his latest funny, biting, sarcastic, profane, politically incorrect novel. Speaking through Grooves, who, like his creator, is a good old boy from Fort Worth, Texas, and knowledgeable golf historian, Jenkins smoothly weaves together characters and incidents real and fictitious to tell the tale of a year in the life of a tour player.

The book is all great fun, with laugh-out-loud lines, oh, every other page. It concludes with an incident where rules, gamesmanship, spurned wives and the golf gods combine to produce some well-deserved justice in this world.

The Money-Whipped Steer-Job Three-Jack Give-up Artist is a quick-reading masterpiece combining humor, golf history and a bit of cynicism about human nature and the rub of the green that has been the Jenkins trademark for more than five decades. …

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