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5.0 out of 5 stars Duel in the Sun, 3 Sept. 2011
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RR Waller "ISeneca" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Duel in the Sun: Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in the Battle of Turnberry (Paperback)
True golf fanatics of a certain age will remember the 1977 Open Championship at Turnberry with relish; anyone who was there and/or has played Turnberry will remember it even more clearly, right down to the final hole which showed Nicklaus at his best - pushed drive, miraculous seven iron from the gorse bushes to the very front of a long green and a putt that never looked to be going anywhere else - birdie 3; Watson, one stroke ahead playing inspired golf - 2-iron to the heart of the fairway, 4-iron to a yard, one solid putt - birdie 3 and the championship.
Unfortunately, the book does not get to the Championship until after page one hundred. However, it does recreate the days very well. For those just interested in the Open, skip the first one hundred pages!
Recommended for golfers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Tom "Huck Finn" Watson, 2 Aug. 2009
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P. Pickup "Rince_Ri" (Huddersfield, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Duel in the Sun: Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in the Battle of Turnberry (Paperback)
If you are expecting a microcosm of the awe-inspiring pulsating final two rounds fought out mano a mano at The Open at Turnberry in the summer of 1977, this is not it. Nor even a potted history of the final four rounds, although it does recount shot by shot the events as they unfolded on that epic day.
Alas, though, we do not even get to Turnberry until page 109, more than half-way through. Talk about setting the scene! Up to that point Corcoran gives us an adequate history of golf, The Open, The Majors and some of its greatest champions. This is of interest to the uninitiated, but too much of it is old ground for the golf aficionado. The Duel in the Sun was on another level; the fact that what happened was played out on the canvas of a golf tournament is incidental. The subject cries out for a Hemingway, a Ring Lardner, a Norman Mailer! As Hubert Green, winner of the 1977 US Open, famously observed: "I won the golf tournament. I don't know what game those two other guys were playing." The Duel in the Sun should have been an attempt to answer that.
Corcoran rarely focuses upon the psyche, the thoughts, the emotions of his subjects, Huck Finn and the Golden Bear; instead he brings into play the thoughts and observations of myriad peripheral characters in the drama. Although these are not without humour. Ivor Robson whose first day as First Tee Announcer for The Open was at Carnoustie in 1975 confides: "only the laundry maid knows how nervous I was"!
He also observes vis-a-vis 47 year old Ben Hogan in a position to win an unprecedented fifth US Open in 1960: "It is the cruelest truth in golf that while a great player can strike the ball fully and expertly well into his later years as a competitor, his aging nerves betray him with the least complicated of all shots in the game, the putt." Plus ca change, eh Tom?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A golf lovers dream!, 20 Nov. 2009
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I read this book to prepare myself for the 2009 Open at Turnberry - it is a well written and 'unputadownable' book for any lover of golf but particularly the open championship. Stories about how the championship has evolved over the years and a build up of the two amazing golfers who took part in this epic battle. It made Turnberry come alive and certainly made the 2009 tornament even more of a battle. How it would have been perfect if Tom had have won again!

Just brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duel In The Sun book, 23 Jan. 2013
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Fantastic story, felt like |i was there at the golf course, watching the two best golfers in the world, at that time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turnberry 1977, 2 May 2003
A worthwhile read, a little too much time spent on building up the story, but it did bring back memories of a sun baked Turnberry and the greatest duel in golf for many years. I can not say that it has added to my knowledge of the players or of the event, but as the memory of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson fade it would be a valuable historical piece.
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