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The Majors: In Pursuit of Golf's Holy Grail

Feinstein, John

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ISBN 10: 0316279714 / ISBN 13: 9780316279710
Published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, New York, London, 1999
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1999,1999 Fine Book, Near Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 472 clean tight unmarked pages, 16 full glossy pages of color photos in one mid section, tan boards., 1/4 black spine, gilt lettering and box outline on the spine, illustrated jacket, 1/2" reminder mark on bottom pages. Bookseller Inventory # 004868

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Title: The Majors: In Pursuit of Golf's Holy Grail

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Boston, New York, London

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A chronicle of 1998's major golf tournaments follows Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, and other great players as they compete in the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA

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As much a force of nature in sporting pursuits as John Grisham is on lawyers or Steven King is on the weird, the dauntingly prolific John Feinstein once again steps up to take a swing at golf. While A Good Walk Spoiled chronicles the pressures and tensions of a full season on the PGA Tour, The Majors narrows the vista, and expands the importance, to the chase for the four prestigious titles--the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA--that separate the great careers from the pretenders. That the chase occurred in 1998 turns The Majors from a compelling chronicle into a thrilling one.

A thorough reporter, Feinstein does the necessary homework both inside and beyond the ropes. He dusts off history and anecdote to provide perspective and explore how and why these four particular tournaments sprouted such regal fur around their collars. Still, perspective is just background if there's no focus to give it meaning, and he finds a bagful of it in the individual quests and the public and private dramas of, most notably, Fred Couples, Lee Janzen, Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Phil Mickelson, and David Duval. All entered the season with much to prove--to themselves and posterity, and the latter is what the Majors are so imposingly about. As Feinstein observes, "Four days a year, golfers go out to play for Forever. Those are the four Sundays at the major championships. They all know what is at stake." As the record shows, none staked a claim more improbably or excitingly than O'Meara, who put a pair of exclamation points on a long, distinguished--but significantly Major-less--career with stunning, gutsy victories at both the Masters and the British Open. Feinstein records these quests with precision and color; as usual, he aims at a target and shoots better than par. --Jeff Silverman

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