Classic Golf Quotes: Golfing History in the Words of Those Who Made It

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Pavilion Books, 2004 - Reference - 320 pages
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There is a commonly held belief that golfers are calm and contained and never give vent to their feelings in public. In fact, there is as much passion and emotion in the seemingly genteel, ancient pursuit of golf as in any boxing title match. Golfers are driven by a multitude of personal motives—including ambition, jealousy, and defiance—but above all, there is an honesty that is shared by all because golf is the great leveler. This collection catalogues 2,000 of the most expressive and insightful thoughts and sayings of players and commentators from throughout the history of the game. They define the essence of golfing, and range from frustrated anger—such Seve Ballesteros telling his caddie, “It’s not your fault. It’s mine because I listen to you”—to self-deprecation and humility. This is the world of golf as seen by its leading characters who were brave—or crazy—enough to voice their thoughts in front of a camera, notebook, or tape-recorder.

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Michael McDonnell is a sports journalist who was awarded the Memorial Journalism Award, and is the author of several books.

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