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The Masters, The Story of Golf's Greatest Tournament
The Masters The Story of Golf's Greatest Tournament Author:Tom Flaherty When the idea for a tournament at the new Augusta National was first suggested in 1934, golf, like everything else, was in the doldrums. The full force of the depression had settled on the land. Country clubs were folding up everywhere. And partly because Bobby Jones had left a void in the game that no one seemed capable of filling, tournament g... more »olf was in a precarious position.
Jones had retired four years before, at the age of twenty-eight, after winning the British Amateur, the British Open, the U.S. Open, and then, to complete the Grand Slam, the U.S. Amateur. He had accomplished the "impregnable quadrilateral," which was the crowning achievement of an already exceptional career - the equal of Babe Ruth's sixty home runs. He was tired of the psychological strain that each victory represented, and besides, there were no more golf worlds to conquer.
But when, in 1934, he decided to make a comeback - and on the Augusta course he had helped to create - golf got a needed shot in the arm; the Masters was off to a good start. Almost immediately the annual invitational event assumed the stature of the World Series, the Rose Bowl, and the Kentucky Derby.
Tom Flaherty has captured the year-by-year magic and drama of this great tournament. In 1934 it was Bobby Jones' courageous, but unsuccessful, attempt to regain his form of the twenties; in 1939 the thrilling triumph of Ralph Guldahl, the depression champion, who once said publicly, "I know what it is to be hungry"; in 1941 the success of Craig Wood, a has-been past forty, who had never won a major tournament; in 1951, the drama of Ben Hogan, who fought back from his near-fatal automobile accident to don the forest green Masters jacket for the first time; in 1954 the tense Snead-Hogan photo finish and the play off which went to Snead by one stroke.
The full excitement of The Masters is caught in brilliant color shots from the pages of Sports Illustrated and photographs from the files of the Augusta Golf Club. Tom Flaherty has created a valuable reference book and a lively, vivid picture history of the tournament that grew up with the game.« less