Rookie on Tour: The Education of a PGA Golfer
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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He was excited — and relieved — to hear my score. He keeps track of me
through one of the golf Websites on the Internet and he saw the 62, but he did not
want to let himself believe it until he heard it from me. Once before, in the
I continued my good play and had four solid rounds of 71, 68, 70, and 70. Given
my score of nine under, I was a little disappointed with the thirty-third-place finish
and $5,063 check. Many weeks a score like that would have earned a top-ten ...
He had gotten off to a terrible start, and when he took his scorecard out on the
fourth tee, he said, "Let me see my scores. Seven . . . six . . . one." I was beginning
to appreciate Anthony's unfailing optimism. Since I can get down on myself when
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ROOKIE ON TOUR: The Education of a GolferUser Review - Kirkus
An unusual perspective on the grinding routines of the pro golf circuit: A rookie player recalls his road to the PGA Tour and his first years' experience playing with the big boys. Paulson was a ... Read full review