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

by Bill Fields, Ben Crenshaw

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803255272
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 989,306
File size: 470 KB

About the Author

Veteran sports journalist Bill Fields is a four-time winner of the Golf Writers Association of America’s annual writing contest. A former senior editor at Golf World, his work has also appeared in Golf Digest, the New York Times, and The Best American Sports Writing.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ben Crenshaw ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 Tall Shadows: The Greats

1 Golf's Gray Ghost 3

2 He Came, He Won, He Died 13

3 The Trials of a Trailblazer 22

4 Man of the Century 33

5 A Place in Time 44

6 King of the Hill 54

7 A Golfer and a Gentleman 66

8 Simply the Best 74

9 Arnie, Now and Then 84

10 Seve: Portrait of an Artist 100

Part 2 Inside the Ropes: Courses and Competitions

11 Changing the Course of History 111

12 The Streak 119

13 He Went Down Swinging 131

14 Homero Blancas's 55 143

15 Lost and Found 151

16 A Champion's Last Hurrah 164

17 Surround Sound 174

18 Devil's Island 184

19 Fortunate Son 191

20 Thoughts from Augusta 198

Part 3 More than a Score: The Characters

21 Shades of Greatness 213

22 A Fleck of History 223

23 The Gospel according to Joe Dey 239

24 The Mouth That Roared 250

25 The High Life and Hard Times of John Schlee 256

26 Taking a Stand 267

27 The Detour of a Phenom 275

28 The Journey of Jim Simons 285

29 Still Driven after All These Years 294

30 The Man Who Loved Golf to Death 304

Epilogue: The Tiger Era 315

Acknowledgments 325

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Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChiefReadsTooMuch More than 1 year ago
This anthology is a wonderful choice for anyone interested in the game of golf. Included are pieces on great players, great moments and great courses. The thread that stitches them together is the perceptive yet straightforward writing that is the hallmark of Bill Fields. A great addition to any golfer's library or an excellent gift for the golfer in your life.