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    John Strege(Author)

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Professional golf is among the most intimate of sports. Only a thin rope separates the players from the fans. Yet the reality is that the rope is a substantial barrier that permits only a glimpse of the world of professional tournament golf. John Strege, author of Tiger: A Biography of Tiger Woods and Golf Digest writer, takes you through a high-pressure week on the PGA Tour, providing a vivid portrait of what the professional golfer experiences each day of tournament week.

There are seven days in the golf week, but the fans are usually privy to just the four of competition. In Tournament Week, John Strege cuts down the ropes and invites us in for the other three as well, providing an all-access pass to sport's best traveling circus. Strege's gossipy, irreverent romp through the PGA Tour reveals aspects of professional golf that spectators will never see on the sidelines or the tube. David Duval, new PGA champion Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, John Daly, Fuzzy Zoeller, Greg Norman and many other pros traipse through these zestful pages, which are studded with anecdotes that the players confided to the author. Strege, whose recent biography of Tiger Woods was made into a TV movie for Showtime, works every conceivable angle; chapters cover how tour members cope with anger and frustration, what they carry in their tour bags besides golf clubs (beepers, Bibles, healing magnets, a deceased loved one's ashes), the clash between slower, deliberate players and faster ones, pros' relations with the media, the limbo lifestyle of alternates, the growing role of sports psychologists who make (club)house calls and the fierce gambling in practice rounds in defiance of PGA rules. Although Strege's approach is casual and offbeat, he packs in an enormous amount of information about the PGA Tour, and golf fans will glean new insights into this high-pressure, 49-tournament contest. A growing legion of players travel by private corporate jet, yet for all the hoopla, hustle and megabucks, golfers remain surprisingly down-to-earth; they exhibit a rare camaraderie, and their sportsmanshipAplayers assessing penalties on themselves even when an infraction was not witnessed by othersAputs other sports to shame. Strege come in under par. (June) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By A customer on June 30, 2000

    Well...I got it...I wish I could return it. Good bathroom book. That's about it. save your cash.

  • By Tiger Vitale on June 6, 2000

    Very interesting look at the PGA Tour. It goes way beyond the course and finally we get to learn a little more about the lives, habits, personalities of the athletes like we do for athletes in other sports and entertainers.

  • By A customer on June 9, 2000

    Finally a sports book that breaks from the cliche and takes us somewhere we can't ordinarily go - inside the ropes. Strege's research is meticulous and his style is refreshing. This is the kind of stuff I wish I could read every week, but never find in the newspaper and seldom see in the weekly golf magazines. If you want to know what's going on on the other side of the PGA Tour, read this book. I'm not a big sports-book fan and I've attempted without much success to read some of the more recent golf works like The Majors. This is the first one I've been compelled to complete. The practice-round betting anecdotes alone are worth the cover price.

  • By A customer on July 28, 2000

    Please don't waste your money on this book, while the premise is good, the writer appears to have no real access to the players and/or is very afraid of pissing them off. He doesn't tell anything pithy about any player or tournament and if you know anything about golf you will come away very disappointed. Additionally, the author's writing is lackluster and he appears to rely on second hand information and the anecdotes of others. The best lines of this book are on the back of the jacket cover and after that well... there are just a lot of better golf books!By the way the 5-Star review (in this section) "Strenge Aces the PGA Tour" is either written by his publisher or his friend. There is not a sign of "meticulous research" in this book and it is not even remotely in the same league as The Majors.

  • By TMac on March 1, 2005

    This is a very quick read. The author incorporates anecdote after anecdote, none lasting more than a couple of paragraphs. As others have noted there are better golf books out there, but this one is a very quick read, and you may come across a few stories that you haven't heard before. Recommended more for the golf novice (like myself) than the hardcore fan.

  • By Guest on June 8, 2000

    This has to be one of the most poorly written golf books in print. Lazy and disjointed writing. The longest an idea is carried forward is 3 sentences. The author seems to have paged through back issues of Golf Digest compiling anecdotes and pulled them together for this book. Unfortunately, it is a topic that has great potential and that is what made me buy it. It is a great disappointment. Don't expect anything near Feinstein's level of writing. Not even close. save your money and buy a box of Tour Distances instead. The only good things I could say is that it could be read in a store within an hour and half and that the cover layout with Tiger's picture is cool.

  • By rodboomboom on April 5, 2002

    Just like the drive that starts right down the middle, then slices way off to the right, this book is a letdown.It promises such great things, inside the ropes of the best golfers. It doesn't deliver, but rather just provides collected anecdotes, rather than real first hand observation, interview, etc.Suggest turn to some great golf writing on the topic, e.g. Lorne Rubenstein's "Links:An Exploration" of which Greg Norman says this is one of rare journalists who understands the tour, and John Feinstein's "The Majors."

  • By A customer on June 10, 2000

    Breezy, easy to read anecdotal insights into what goes on inside and outside the ropes at golf tournaments. This is a real light summer read with some new stuff on competitive golf. I liked it.


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