A Feel for the Game: A Master's Memoir

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Crown/Archetype, May 7, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
With two Masters Championships, nineteen career PGA victories, three NCAA Championships, and millions in earnings, Ben Crenshaw is without question one of the most successful golfers of the century. But Crenshaw's claim to fame goes beyond his individual performances. As captain of the 1999 Ryder Cup team, Crenshaw confronted the largest deficit in tournament history–and the skepticism of commentators who suggested that he was the wrong man to manage the team in today's dog-eat-dog, mindgame world of match-play golf. Twenty-four hours later, Crenshaw proved all the critics wrong. In a hard-fought competition that kept viewers glued to their televisions, he brilliantly motivated a team of diverse personalities and, in the most thrilling match in Ryder Cup history, brought the Cup back to American soil. And he did it his way–with grace, honor, dedication, and an encyclopedic knowledge of how the game should be played.

A Feel for the Game is Crenshaw's warm tribute to golf and its traditions. He describes his early years learning the game from famed golf guru Harvey Penick, and takes readers through his career as an outstanding amateur to his glorious years on the PGA Tour, culminating in the climactic Ryder Cup victory. He introduces the players and teachers who have inspired him, from Penick and Bobby Jones to Jackie Burke, Tom Kite, and Payne Stewart. His reminiscences, his fascinating glimpses into golf history, and his unparalleled understanding of the nuances of play make this an engaging personal portrait of a man and a game that were made for each other.

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A feel for the game: to Brookline and back

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This autobiography of two-time Masters champion Crenshaw, who has won 19 PGA tournaments over his 25-year career, is primarily driven by its account of the remarkable U.S. team comeback in the 1999 ... Read full review


Title Page Frontispiece Dedication Introduction and Acknowledgments
Austin Roots
To Brookline
A Friendship and a Rivalry
Lone Star Legacy
Peaks and Valleys
A Window to the Soul
Perfect Timing
I Believe in Fate
A Miracle
One Apology Is Enough

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Ben Crenshaw began playing golf at the age of six and after twenty-seven years on the PGA is one of the most beloved figures in sports. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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