Beyond golf's polished surface, there lies a world not often seen by the average fan. The caddy sees everythingthe ambition, the strategy, the rivalries, the jealousiesthat occurs behind the scenes. And now, for the first time, along with America's favorite sportswriter, one of golf's legendary caddies will reveal the secrets behind the most popular sport of our time.
Bruce Edwards dominated coverage of the 2003 U.S. Open. This is a position not usually bestowed on a caddy, but Edwards is no ordinary caddy. In 1973, after forgoing college, Edwards walked on the course behind a young Tom Watson and has not looked back since. Watson would go on to win eight major titles, and Bruce Edwards was by his side throughout it all.
Now, even as Lou Gehrig's disease encroaches on his physical capabilities, Edwards continues to do the job he's dedicated more than half his life to. Watson will enter the Masters tournament in April 2004 in what will surely be an emotional outpouring of support for Edwards. This will be a moving, dramatic, and thoughtful book about a life devoted to sports.
John Feinstein is the author of bestselling sports books including Open, The Punch, A Good Walk Spoiled, The Majors, and The Last Amateurs. He writes for Golf Magazine and is a regular commentator on NPR and CBS. He lives in Maryland and New York
I don't know what I expected, but this book had it all. A chronicle of most of Tom Watson's career and the extraordinary professional and personal relationship that developed between Tom and Bruce over the years. The heartwrenching reality of dealing with ALS from the victim to those who loved him was also handled very well by the author. I highly recommend this book.
When it comes to the game of golf, I'm a dilettante. However, like most people familiar with the 'big' names in the game, I know who Tom Watson is. I didn't know who Bruce Edwards was sadly until he was diagnosed with ALS - aka Lou Gehring's disease.
I've been a fan of Feinstein's writing from the time I read "A Season on the Brink" and have eagerly devoured more by him. "Caddy for Life" is another stellar effort. He's written a wonderful story about Bruce and his relationship with Tom Watson. One thing I didn't know was that Edwards briefly caddied for Greg Norman. The things you learn...
I truly enjoyed this book and learnt quite a bit about the tour and the fact that caddies are a lot more than the 'guy carrying the bag'. Bruce appears to be a giant amongst the other caddies on the tour - a vertible legend.
Sadly, Edwards lost his battle with ALS earlier this year (April 2004). However, this is a beautiful tribute to him and his legacy. I laughed and cried throughout the book. I know Bruce's legacy will live on - both on and off the links.
Heartwarming, heartbreaking story into the life of a premier PGA caddy struck down at 49 by ALS. The story is familiar to golf fans, but the look into how Bruce became a caddy, his lifetime relationship with Tom Watson, and his tremendous attitude were marvelous to read. Hard to read at times, as well.