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Four Days in July: Tom Watson, the 2009 Open Championship, and a Tournament for the Ages

Four Days in July: Tom Watson, the 2009 Open Championship, and a Tournament for the Ages [Kindle Edition]

Jim Huber
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"The excitement and energy of the final round almost leaps from the page."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Stirring golf history, sure to bring tears to the eyes of all golf lovers."--"Booklist"
"We might know how this Huber story will turn out but in the end, we'll still smile and maybe even shed a few years."--"Golfweek" "To re-live [Watson's] remarkable adventure through the eyes of my old friend Jim Huber is a treat and should be for all those who appreciate this great game and its history."--Jack Nicklaus
"I will never forget that remarkable experience at Turnberry but Jim Huber's book will make certain no one else will, either."--Stewart Cink, 2009 British Open champion "Tom Watson is one of the most interesting men ever to play golf . . . and Jim Huber is a word-plumber in the very best sense of the expression. Together, they make a fine read."--David Feherty, former European Tour and PGA Tour professional golfer "Jim Huber's book captures those magical four days superbly.'"--Peter Alliss, golfer and BBC commentator
"Jim Huber will bring to life the Watson experience at The British Open in a way that will excite any golf enthusiast."--Billy Casper, former Masters and U.S. Open champion "Tom has always been a great inspiration to me and like so many people around the world, I was pulling so hard for him at Turnberry. His style of play and the manner in which he has conducted himself over the years has made him a role model to so many of us. And you will see in this book the spirit and fire we have all known for decades."--Nick Price, Open Championship and PGA Championship winner

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In July 2009, the sports world watched breathlessly as Watson, just shy of his sixtieth birthday and twenty-six years after his last Open title, battled Father Time through four amazing rounds at Turnberry. In Four Days in July, award-winning golf writer and commentator Jim Huber takes the reader from tee to fairway, from green to clubhouse, providing an intimate look at Watson’s inspiring run.
            Entering the tournament as a sentimental wild card and nine years removed from his last top-ten finish in any of the four majors, “Old Tom” proceeded to shock the golf world by shooting an opening round 65.  Although commentators and fans doubted he could keep up the level of play throughout the entire tournament, Watson proceeded not only to grab the lead but carry it into the final day.
            In Huber’s hands, we can practically smell the wind blowing off the Irish Sea as we follow Watson and caddie Neil Oxman hole-by-hole along the Ailsa Course. A fascinating parallel narrative emerges as Stewart Cink, the fellow American more than twenty-three years Watson’s junior who would be dubbed “The Man Who Shot Santa Claus,” catches Watson in the fading sunlight that Sunday in Scotland and claims the British Open in a heart-wrenching four-hole playoff.
            The first media figure to speak with Watson at the end of each day, Huber mines his exclusive interviews with this golf legend as well as Oxman, Cink, and many other luminaries to recount a heroic tale of resilience, grit, and determination. This unforgettable story of the greatest links player ever and his courageous refusal to go gently into that good night is an unforgettable story that redeems the aging athlete in us all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312661878
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (10 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RCNS88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite the Duel in the Sun 3 Sep 2011
In 1977 on Turnberry, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson led the Open Championship by enough strokes to be on their own, playing matchplay golf. What transpired was a 54-hole exhibition of golf at its highest level right to the last hole on which Nicklaus holed an extra ordinary long putt to force Watson to hole what had looked like stress-free putt. He holed it and won. "The Duel in the Sun" it was named.
In 2009, Tom Watson, then 59 year old - seemed likely to do it again and broke many records, except the one he wanted to break. Everyone watching wanted him to break it too. (We will ignore the four-hole playoff here but he does not.)
This is a book for golfers and Watson fans in particular. Ever popular, he reveals everything about those four days (supported by a lifetime of hard practice).
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4.0 out of 5 stars four days in july 19 Aug 2011
By ellie
A good read although a little boring at times.
However,it was interesting to learn of the preperation that goes into tournament golf and the dedication needed to not only become a top golfer but what is required to maintain that level.Clearly Watson has a lot of natural ability but still needs to practice and be very disciplind to hone his skills.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Captured the moments but had some flaws 1 Oct 2013
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I enjoyed Jim Huber's account of Tom Watson's near victory in the 2009 Open Championship. I am a former member of Turnberry and this event and how it unfolded will live with me forever. Jim managed to build the tension to the unfortunate and unwanted climax of our Tom not crossing the line. My only criticisms, and I will give the author the benefit of the doubt as I believe editors can at times be idiots, was that there were a number of factual innaccuracies. Yes I know it's pedantic but for me it's annoying. First of all, George Brown, head greenkeeper at the time of the 2009 Open is English and speaks with an English accent. He wouldn't deliver his speech to his staff 'in a thick Scottish Brogue.' On a number of occasions, Jim described the wind and it's direction and a number of times and it didnt make any sense if you knew the geography of the course. The 3rd and 4th holes go in opposite directions yet according to our author, Tom had the wind in his face on both holes for the first round. Now, the wind does change direction regularly but in all my many years of playing the course I have never experienced a 180 degrees in the space of 10 minutes. I could go on and on with that one. Nick Price is from South Africa and has represented both South Africa and Zimbabwe in his career so I dont think he would necessarily ever call himself a proud American.

Anyway, I enjoyed the book and it's account of an amazing major championship. Finally i think it could of done without the epilogue which seem to try and jam in tales of greatness relating to the author and making some kind of association with Tom Watson as a golfer. Completely unnecessary.
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This is one of the finest golf books I've read in many years: Jim Huber ranks among the modern greats, along with James Dodson and John Feinstein. Huber gives a personal insight into the background of a great championship as a revered player attempts to make history. You'll know the result of the 2009 Open, of course, but it matters not a whit. The tension will still grab you from the opening paragraph and it never lets up. Should be the golf book of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four days in July. 23 Jan 2013
By warren
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Great report on what could have been one of the best rounds of golf over four days played by a "senior" professional golfer
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