The first full history of the making of sport's rite of spring--the Masters Tournament--by the acclaimed author of "My Usual Game", based on unprecedented access to the archives of the Augusta National Golf Club. of color photos.The first full history of the making of sport's rite of spring--the Masters Tournament--by the acclaimed author of "My Usual Game", based on unprecedented access to the archives of the Augusta National Golf Club. of color photos.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1999-03-01 Revered today as the most prestigious and tradition-rich tournament in American golf, the Masters, like the Augusta National Golf Club at which it is played, sprang from humble beginnings. As every ardent golf fan knows, Augusta National was the brainchild of legendary golfer Bobby Jones Jr., who teamed with stockbroker Cliff Roberts to build what is considered to be the cathedral of American golf courses on the site of a former flower nursery in Georgia. What is less well known is that financial problems nearly prevented the course from ever being built, and that Roberts conceived of the Masters as a way to promote the club, which was having trouble attracting members during the Depression. In describing the growth of the tournament, New Yorker staff writer Owen (My Usual Game) centers his story on Roberts, the hard-driving "benevolent dictator" who served as chairman of both the Masters and Augusta National from their inception until he committed suicide in 1971 at age 77. Owen portrays the often controversial Roberts in the most favorable light possible. In particular, he defends the Masters' (and by extension Roberts's) record of not having the first black golfer participate in the tournament until Lee Elder broke the barrier in 1975. Indeed, Owen treats everything connected with Roberts and the Masters in reverential terms, dismissing critics as ill informed. Despite this shortcoming, Owen has unearthed enough details and colorful anecdotes about the tournament and its players?both on the course and behind the scenes?to make this nearly irresistible reading for devoted golfers and weekend duffers. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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