A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour by John FeinsteinIn the highly acclaimed bestseller A Good Walk Spoiled, John Feinstein captures the world of professional golf as it has never been captured before. Traveling with the golfers on the PGA Tour, Feinstein gets inside the heads of the games greatest players as well as its struggling wannabes. Meet superstars like Nick Price, who nailed a fifty-foot putt at the seventeenth to win the British Open, and Paul Azinger, who marked his return from a bout with cancer with an emotional appearance at the Buick Open. Go behind the scenes for Davis Love IIIs unforgettable come-from-behind victory in the Ryder Cup. In golf, Feinstein eloquently relates, the line that separates triumph from disappointment is incredibly fine. One week youve discovered the secret to the game; the next week you never want to play it again.
Thank you! Golf is, by its very nature, a brutally winnowing game as Tom Boswell once observed , a mental test as well as a physical one. At the professional level, as practiced on the PGA Tour, it is the last bastion of true athletic individualism; you win or lose because of your own efforts, with no teammates or coaches to blame. Moreover, in order to make any money at all on the pro tour, you have to play well. Unlike tennis, there are no appearance fees, and you have to survive the cut after two days of a tournament to collect a check. Therefore, there is a certain amount of inherent drama in the lives and games of the pros.
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Beyond the musty smell of the PGA tour anecdotes, the number of stories of golfing under pressure gets a bit repetitive. However, some of those stories, particularly of players trying to stay in professional golf's fringes or to advance to its big leagues do work well as journalist narrative. For successful PGA players under pressure, the stories come dangerously close to ridiculousness given that they are already very wealthy and essentially are engaged in a pastime. In short, golf fans nostalgic for heroes in the days before Woods made them look like amateurs may still find some value here. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
First, he's hysterical; every point he has to make is delivered with all the dispassion of Henny Penny shrieking that the sky is falling. Second, his major selling point is access; he's sort of a junior grade Bob Woodward; the essential point he wants to make is not that he understands anything about the sport under discussion, but that he has spoken to those on the inside who do understand and is willing to share a scoop or two with the unwashed masses. Third, he's less interested in the play of the games themselves than with the personal and financial details of sport, the stuff that is most sensationalized and contentious. He is really the ultimate post-Watergate reporter, focussed on process to the exclusion of substance and most interested in scandal.. Unfortunately, there is perhaps no game less well suited to his style than golf.