Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin' on Birdies

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Games - 278 pages
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You can't play Major League Baseball and bet on a game; just ask Pete Rose. Don't try running a betting ring in the NHL, either. Want the surest ticket out of NCAA sports? Betting's the way to do it. In stark contrast, however, the United States Golf Association officially sanctions betting among players during their games. And it's not just the pros who bet. Every man, out with his buddies, asks at the first tee, "Shall we make this interesting?" Yet there has never been a betting scandal in organized golf.Money Golf is the first book that tells the complete story of golf's unique association with wagering and how that relationship evolved. It features anecdotes from fifteenth-century Scots to Tiger Woods and all the smooth-swinging flatbellies, movie stars, athletes, politicians, women golfers, Joe Six-Packs, hustlers, and sharks in between. It also serves as a primer for novice golf bettors, providing explanations of Calcuttas (betting auctions), odds-making, on-course games, and the art and history of golf hustling. It even highlights movies and books that include golf wagers, showing that even writers understand the marriage of the two. Wagering on golf has been part of the game since it migrated to the United States in 1888. All of the early icons of American golf bet when they played-Francis Ouimet, Walter Hagen, and Gene Sarazen. Even Bobby Jones, the simon-pure amateur, wagered on his game. Sam Snead and Ben Hogan always had a little something on the side; so did Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson learned how to bet on golf when they were little kids. All the personalities, stories, and history of betting on birdies are included inMoney Golf.
 

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What a nice surprise this book was... If you love Golf, like to bet once in a while, wonder why Golf is the ONLY sport (in America anyway)that gambling is accepted and acknowledge among the fans and ... Read full review

Contents

An Introduction to Money Golf
1
2 Ten Guineas a Side? The Early Years 13001887
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Ouimet Hagen and Jones An American Golfing Boom 18881930
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Tough Times Tough Bets 193038
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Even Money 193859
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Arnies Army Invades Television 196083
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Money Games 198497
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The Pros Play for Their Own Money 19982006
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Fear the Snake Avoid the Wolf Chase the Rabbit
250
Selected Bibliography
267
Index
272
About the Author
278
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Michael K. Bohn's latest book, Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin' on Birdies (Potomac Books, Inc., 2007), was one of Golf Digest's top golf books of 2007. A freelance writer, Bohn is the golf reporter for nineteen weeklies in Northern Virginia. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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