The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever
"It's difficult to beat a good golf book, be it a good yarn or a picture book . . . The golf is spectacular, the course more so, the descriptions luminous."
"The untold story of golf's greatest money match, featuring Hogan and Nelson at Cypress Point, comes to life in . . . Mark Frost's gripping new book, The Match."
"Frost weaves an exceptional narrative . . . It's a gripping tale--as good as James Patterson, John Grisham, or any other contemporary novelist could create. And all true. The match comes down to the 18th hole, and you'll be the winner once you turn the last page."
"Frost masterfully puts the reader not just on the scene, but in the time, too, with terrific storytelling."
"Frost captures an elusive magic in this improbable matchup and what it meant for those who played and witnessed it."
"The Match was a dream I never thought would come true. If I hadn't been there I wouldn't believe it myself, and if you know anything about sports or the game of golf, once you pick up this book you won't put it down. No one will ever see an event like this again. Fiction can't touch it."
The year: 1956. Four decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to U.S. Open Champion Francis Ouimet. Now a wealthy car dealer and avid supporter of amateur golf, Lowery has just made a bet with fellow millionaire George Coleman. Lowery claims that two of his employees, amateur golfers Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, cannot be beaten in a best-ball match. Lowery challenges Coleman to bring any two golfers of his choice to the course at 10 a.m. the next day to settle the issue.
Coleman accepts the challenge and shows up with his own power team: Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game's greatest living professionals, with fourteen major championships between them.
In Mark Frost's peerless hands, complete with the recollections of all the participants, the story of this immortal foursome and the game they played that day--legendarily known in golf circles as the greatest private match ever played--comes to life with powerful, emotional impact and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
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Really well written book with wonderful descriptive passages but a little too much golf for me. April 18, 2009
Read this while on vacation in Hawaii. I love golf, so you know my bias. But, for any golfer who has an interest in the history of golf, and in the great games of any sport, this was an outstanding book! It went a LONG way to helping me understand the history of golf (especially the difference between amateurs and professionals, and how the two were previously viewed), and how we got to where we are. Mr. Frost's writing was, to me, spellbinding. I couldn't wait to go to the next page. The personal histories of the greats of the game were remarkable and spellbinding. I highly recommend this book, even if you are not a golfer.