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Out of the Rough: Booze, Birdies and a Driving Ambition - The Story of Barclay Howard [Hardcover]

Sam Torrance , Barclay Howard , Jonathan Russell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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11 Oct 2001
Barclay Howard could hardly see for the tears of pride in his eyes as he lined up his putt on the final green of the Open at Troon. The jovial Scot had won the coveted Silver Medal for the championship's leading amateur - but it was the extraordinary story behind his triumph which gained him worldwide fame. Barclay Howard overcame years of alcoholism and a ban from the game he loved to reach the pinnacle of his career. "It was the greatest moment of my life", he admitted. Finally, after years of battling his demons, he was on top of the world - but that world was about to be cruelly torn apart yet again. Just six weeks after those incredible four days at Troon he was diagnosed with leukaemia. In the months that followed, the pain from his chemotherapy treatment became so great he even begged his sister to help him die. With the love and help of his wife and young daughter though, he has now beaten a second killer illness and has his eyes set on another crack at Open glory. In "Out of the Rough", Barclay describes with humour and honesty, the highs and lows of his life on and off the course - as well as in and out of the bar. His story is both terrifying and heart warming, but first and foremost it is a tale of human courage.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (11 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840185112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840185119
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE summer of 1997 provided the best of times and the worst of times for Barclay Howard. At the age of 44, the recovering alcoholic from Johnstone was a folk hero on both sides of the Atlantic after finishing top amateur at the Troon Open in July.
Just a matter of weeks later, doctors told him he had leukaemia.
Whereas Barclay had merely contemplated suicide during his long, lonely and degrading years on the sauce, the torment of chemotherapy and his cancer
treatment left him pleading with his sister, Morag, to end his tribulations. The Barclay Howard story is a harrowing one but, mercifully, also uplifting.
This week sees the publication of a book, co-written with journalist Jonathan Russell, which chronicles the far-from-straightforward life of a boy who fell in love with golf, but very badly lost his way. By the time he made the twin dis- covery of Alcoholics Anonymous and his third wife, Tish, in 1991, what should have been the golden years of a European Tour career were scattered in empty lager cans over some of Scotland's finest courses. Between 1992 and 1997 Barclay was one of the best amateurs in the world, twice playing in the Walker Cup, but just as he was enjoying personal happiness and golfing fulfilment, along came leukaemia.
There are, as the man will tell you, two Barclay Howards. The first, who I met again at the John Letters factory in Hillington on Wednesday is the cheery, sober Renfrewshire chappie; the second, who was often in the ascendancy between the ages of 20 and 40, was an unpleasant, even poisonous, drunk.
That Howard is prepared, with considerable candour, to commit this part of his life to print says much for the man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for golfers 1 July 2014
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Superb read. gripping and emotional all at the same time also a brilliant guy. Even better if you knew Barclay Howard
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4.0 out of 5 stars a golfers read 8 Feb 2013
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good read laughter and heartache with courage thrown in honest account of one mans battles with drink and cancer and still golfing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug 2014
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A very interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb book 24 Dec 2012
This book tells the epic story of Barclay Howard through all his ups and downs. It is a sometimes tragic sometimes inspiring must read for all fans of sport.
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