Rookie on Tour: The Education of a PGA Golfer

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 262 pages
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Life on the PGA Tour is usually seen through the eyes of its stars. But for every Norman, Watson, Pavin, and Couples, there are a hundred young men who can hit world-class shots, yet who are struggling every day to make it on to the PGA Tour. Rookie on Tour is the story of one of the best of those men, Carl Paulson. If he was not a "can't miss" junior-a Johnny Miller or Tiger Woods phenom-Carl Paulson still had talent, and he had it early. With practice and determination, with a supportive family and an uncompromising coach, he rose from high school to college star and became the kind of player who could crack the top 125. But once there, the life he found was not easy. Q-School creates unbearable anxiety and indescribable joy. The competition is constant and unrelenting. For every one day you win, you will probably lose in the next dozen. You are out to beat every player every day, and on courses that are tougher than any you've ever played. It is a world in which the quality of your life depends on the confidence of your swing. It is budget travel, dinners at Shoney's, pay-per-view motel movies, and beer with the boys-but with the conviction that the first Tour victory is just around the corner. Rookie on Tour is an unforgettable look inside the maddening, marvelous heart of the game.

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Paulson is a junior golfer. He turned pro in 1993.

LOUIS JANDA, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University. He is also the author of The Psychologist's Book of Self-Tests: 25 Love, Sex, Intelligence, Career, and Personality Tests and Love and Sex Tests, along with six psychology textbooks. He has appeared on Donahue, Geraldo, and Sonya Friedman, among other television shows.

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