American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 26, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 378 pages
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With compelling detail and pure passion, James Dodson recounts the singular brilliance of three golf titans and how they saved the professional tour and created the game as we know it today.
 
During the Depression golf was in crisis. As a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan -two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia, who had dedicated themselves to the sport. But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties these three men were so thoroughly dominant that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it. Paving the way for the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods, they were, and will always remain, a triumvirate for the ages.

 

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Contents

ODE To BILLY Joe
3
YEAR of Won DERs
21
THE Pow ER OF THREE
33
THE GOLDEN AGE
50
THE CHRISTMAS MATCH
71
THE UNIVERSITY OF Golf
91
SAM VERSUS THE WoRLD
113
BREAKTHROUGH AND HEARTBREAK
132
REDEMPTION
153
THE WAR WITH IN
174
MR Golf
195
AN UNExPECTED OPEN
222
THEN THERE WERE Two
243
Acknowledgments
367
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About the author (2013)

James Dodson is the editor of O. Henry and PineStraw magazines and an award-winning writer-in-residence at The Pilot newspaper. He is the author of Ben Hogan s authorized biography and worked with Arnold Palmer on his, and his other best-selling books include Final Rounds, The Dewsweepers, and A Son of the Game. He wrote a column for Golf Magazine for nearly twenty years, and in 2011 he received the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects for his contribution to golf literature. In observance of the 100th anniversary of the births of Hogan, Snead and Nelson, American Triumvirate was adapted into a tribute documentary that aired on Golf Channel in September 2012, with a script by the author.

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