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The author offers his musings during a year on the PGA Senior Tour, offering insider's information on the tour and what the different golfers really think of each other
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Winner of 11 PGA tournaments between 1963 and 1971, Beard, whose golf game and life later ``went to pieces'' because of alcoholism, joined the money-rich Senior Tour in 1989. Here, with the help of Sports Illustrated writer Garrity, he records his every golf shot--and stray thought--on the 1991 circuit. Despite a second-place finish in the 1989 Senior Open, Beard has not become a big money-winner among the 50-and-over pros. The 1991 Senior Tour hosted 42 events with a total purse of $24 million. Beard took home $150,000 in 23 events; Jack Nicklaus, ``the best player who ever lived,'' won $343,734 in just five. The big money, Beard emphasizes, is not shelled out for quality golf or some notion of fierce competition: The ``Senior Tour is built on nostalgia,'' plain and simple, with spectators paying to watch old pros such as Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, and Sam Snead play together one more time. Often controversial, Beard, who writes a column for Golf World magazine, profiles some of his peers and discusses long-standing rivalries and often petty disputes; grouses about playing ``outings,'' pro- ams for charity for which the pros are paid; complains about caddie fees; and gives a lot of space to describing golf he's watched on TV. A recovering alcoholic, he attends from one to three AA meetings a week and sees a sports psychologist: ``When I play badly I see myself as a bad person.'' His worries about his swing and his confidence are duly noted in the epilogue: ``[my] nervousness and fear jump off the pages.'' And straying yet further from the links, he feels compelled to share even his views on evolution and creation. Fine when Beard stays on the golf course; preachy and self- indulgent when he doesn't. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
A sports announcer once commented that professional golfers on the men's tour were the most boring group of people he'd ever met because all they ever talked about was money--a point amply borne out by the author, whose favorite word in this book is . . . money. Beard sounds as though he doesn't have a dime in this world, despite his being the leading money winner on the PGA tour in 1969 and earning $500,000 in fewer than two years on the PGA Senior tour, a successful new event featuring players over 50. Beard captures the reader's interest with frank discussions of his struggle to overcome alcohol abuse, his second marriage, and his bitterness toward Jack Nicklaus, who designs courses to suit his own game and takes a somewhat light-hearted view of the senior tour. Beard, by contrast, often sounds self-pitying, although this well-written book (co-authored by a Sports Illustrated golf reporter) has its moments.
- Jim Paxman, Tennessee State Univ., Nashville
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