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Do you have a long-time friend who has made a big difference in your life? I hope so.
Bruce Edwards and Tom Watson have been blessed to have one another as friends for over 30 years. Mr. Edwards was Mr. Watson's primary caddy for all but four years of that time. They've supported each other through victory, defeat, family problems, and serious illnesses. Both are graceful men who want to help others and take responsibility for their own actions. That friendship became more important to both of them in 2003 when Bruce Edwards was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and they knew their friendship would soon be over. This book features the magnificent story of how both of them responded in uncommonly valiant and wonderful ways to this new challenge.
This book will be most appealing to those who have been caddies, fans of Tom Watson, those who know someone with ALS, people who value friendship and those who appreciate the potential of the human spirit to rise above the physical world.
Although this book is a memoir about Mr. Edwards, you cannot tell a caddy's story without talking about the people he caddied for so there's lots of golf history including Mr. Watson's famous chip-in at the 17th hole at Pebble Beach, his many British Open wins and keen insights into the character of many famous golfers (including Greg Norman for whom Mr. Edwards caddied for four years).
You will learn how Mr. Edwards decided upon caddying as a career. He had caddied at his home country club in Connecticut where a tour event was held annually, and loved caddying for a pro in that tournament. Having disliked the discipline of school, he enjoyed the freedom and camaraderie of the links. Upon graduating from high school, he persuaded his parents to let him try his hand at caddying for a year. At that time, there were few caddies who worked regularly on the tour. Mr. Edwards soon got Mr. Watson's bag . . . and kept it.
Naturally optimistic and positive, Mr. Edwards has always been generous in sharing those traits with other golfers . . . even Mr. Watson's opponents. You'll find out about the many times he helped Mr. Watson get an advantage that might otherwise not have been his.
Facing a near-term death sentence, Mr. Edwards soldiered on as best he could in the 2003 season. He made the best of his rapidly diminishing physical capabilities, and was generous in helping make others feel more comfortable around him. Mr. Watson responded by playing at the top of his game for a man his age so that he could share more success with Mr. Edwards. Mr. Watson also took on a crusade to raise money for ALS research hoping to help save Mr. Edwards' life. It's a beautiful, touching and memorable story.
The book's main weakness is that it is a little too much about Mr. Watson prior to 2003 and a bit too little about Mr. Edwards in those years as well. I would have liked to know more about Mr. Edwards' views on golf and caddying . . . and his advice for the rest of us.
If you don't have that long-time friend, you need to start looking.
I suggest that you consider giving this book as a gift to young people to help them understand how to build a meaningful, satisfying and contributing life.
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on 18 June 2005
John Fienstein's previous golf books "A Good Walk Spoiled" and "The Majors" are both classics that I enjoyed reading immensely. His research on both is extensive and his ability to make you laugh and cry when talking about Tour golf is second to none.
These traits are also brought to bear here with this terrific biography of Bruce Edwards. You ceratinly get a "warts and all" account of his life when perhaps the temptation might have been to go a little softer on Edwards bearing the condition (ALS) he was suffering from. Nevertheless, you genuinely warm to the man and thanks to Fienstein you appreciate that he was a credit not only to caddying but to Golf.
A great read.
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on 4 June 2006
Not being a particularly over emotional type I wasn't quite sure how I would react to this book. In fact I found it immensely moving and a real page turner. Not only does it paint a wonderful picture of the vital professional relationship between a golfer and his caddy it details without mawkishness the deep personal regard that each of the two men had for each other. Golf is, perhaps, one of the few sports where this could occur. I do confess to tears in my eyes towards the end of the book. Mr Feinstein's triumphs continue.
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on 6 December 2009
This book is certainly worth reading. Instead of sticking with golfing instruction books, or auto biographies of the golf professionals give this book a try. It is a well worth it.There are so many interesting little stories and it provokes memories of matches you may have watched. Of course it also makes you a little bit emotional too!
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on 15 June 2015
Brilliant book, however should have a health warning on the cover, many tissues required! Great read and you really get to understand the relationship between player and Caddy and particularly between Bruce and Tom Watson who went through thick and thin together.
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on 3 January 2015
A very moving story that highlights this terrible illness. It also shows Tom Watson on a very different light. He has gone way up in my book for all the care and consideration he gave to Bruce. I shall be looking out for other books by this author.
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on 23 August 2011
I read this on holiday and enjoyed it. Gives you an idea of life as a caddy in the early days. Tom Watson comes over as a very genuine person. Focuses more on relationships than on the golf side of things, but enjoyable never the less.
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on 16 June 2014
Well written story of caddy life from humble start to fame with sad and moving end.a life apart from the star golfers except for the few,like Bruce,who establish a real friendship with their employer.
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on 10 December 2014
Brilliant book! What a legend Bruce Edwards was. This is truly inspiring and also reaffirms my thoughts of Tom Watson, a great golfer and Bruce's friend and companion, not just his boss.
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on 24 October 2014
Whether you Re interested in golf or not, this is a great read....the courage, bravery, determination and sense of humour of Bruce Edwards will have you crying all the way through!
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