Golf: The Marvelous Mania

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Arcade Publishing, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 191 pages
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Collects definitive golf writings by a late host and long-standing golf aficionado, in a volume that imparts his whimsical perspectives on the definitive career moments of such figures as Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus.

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History of the Scottish Torture 1973
Fun and Games at Blackpool 1972
Goodbye Mr President Hi There Arnie 1968

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Alistair Cooke is a journalist and broadcaster. Cooke was born in Manchester, England on November 20, 1908. He obtained his education at Cambridge, Yale, and Harvard. His career is based on his observations of American life and culture. Cooke worked as a correspondent for NBC and as a special correspondent for the London Times and the Guardian. He is perhaps most famous for his BBC weekly broadcast, "Letter From America," which has been successful for over fifty years because of its sophisticated wit. Cooke became well-known in the United States as host for Omnibus for nine years and later as host of the Masterpiece Theatre. He has also written numerous books including the bestsellers Alistair Cooke's America, Six Men, and Fun and Games with Alistair Cooke. In 1973, Cooke was made an honorary Knight of the British Empire.

Jack Nicklaus was born January 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio. He began playing golf at the age of 10, and at the age of 16 he won his first major tournament, the Ohio Open. His next important victory came in 1959 when he won the U.S. Amateur Championship. Two years later, in 1961, he won the U.S. Amateur title again and captured the NCAA championship while playing for Ohio State University. From 1959 through 1961 Nicklaus won all but one of the 30 amateur tournaments he entered. Nicklaus turned professional in 1962 and won three tournaments that year. The victories included his first major professional title, the 1962 U.S. Open, which he won in a playoff against popular American golfer Arnold Palmer, which created a rivalry between the two players that lasted through the 60s. During his professional career Nicklaus won six Masters tournaments, the most by any player in the competition's history. His 1986 win at the age of 46 made Nicklaus the oldest Masters winner in history. He also won five PGA championships, three more U.S. Open titles, and three British Open titles. He was named the PGA's player of the year five times, and won the PGA's Golfer of the Century award in 1988. Nicklaus joined the Senior tour in 1990 and has won a number of major events, including the United States Senior Open in 1991 and 1993. Throughout his career he has designed many noted golf courses, and in 1993, Golf World Magazine named him architect of the year. That same year Golf Digest recognized ten of the courses Nicklaus designed on its list of the 100 best golf courses in America. His autobiography, Jack Nicklaus: My Story, appeared in 1997.

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