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The Longest Shot: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf's Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open by [Sagebiel, Neil]
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**A BN.com Top 100 book and Top 25 Nonfiction book**

"Fifty-seven years after the fact (and in time for this year's Open at Olympic), two books about one of golf's most improbable upsets have surfaced simultaneously. Like the clash between Hogan and Fleck, the works pit an established, celebrated veteran against a relative upstart. And as in 1955, the upstart wins. But, unlike in 1955, it's not close. "The Longest Shot" is the first book from Neil Sagebiel, the founder and editor of Armchair Golf Blog, and he makes a strong bid to create shelf space for himself alongside 21st-century golf literati like John Feinstein, Mark Frost and Don Van Natta Jr. Sagebiel takes his time, working leisurely as golf demands, but does a thorough job. And his narrative pace during the last hour of that final round, as he bounces back and forth between Hogan in the locker room and Fleck on the course, may have a rhythm more suited to a tennis rally, but here it aces."
--"The New York Times Sunday Book Review
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"Long before a small circle of American kids dismantled the Soviets' Big Red Machine at Lake Placid, Jack Fleck's defeat of the mighty Ben Hogan at the 1955 U.S. Open was as stunning and stirring an upset as sports had ever seen. In "The Longest Shot," Neil Sagebiel not only expertly reconstructs the million-to-one tale of the Iowa muni pro who denied Hogan his chance to become the only man to win the Open five times, he honors the grand tradition of profound and poetic literature in golf."
--Ian O'Connor, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry
"""The Longest Shot" is the remarkable story of how Jack Fleck, the improbably named municipal course pro from Iowa, defeated the great Ben Hogan at the 1955 U.S. Open. Moment by moment, Neil Sagebiel lyrically describes the drama of the David-and-Goliath clash at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Sagebiel persuades a new generation of readers that Fle

About the Author

NEIL SAGEBIEL is the founder and editor of "Armchair Golf Blog," one of the top golf blogs on the Internet. A former copywriter for a Seattle advertising agency and major newspaper, he is a freelance writer in Floyd, Virginia.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (22 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JJYTEE
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a fantastic read and perfectly captures the excitement of the tournament and the highs and lows experienced by Fleck and Hogan respectively. Having read many golf history books by well known and respected authors such as Curt Sampson, Mark Frost and John Feinstein I would say that this stands up there with the best of them. Well researched and well written, it takes you right into the thick of the action. It's an incredible underdog story which if you didn't know it was true seems almost too far fetched to believe. I can imagine people at the time saying " you just couldn't write it!", well Neil Sagebiel has, and has done it very well indeed.
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We've all had dreams of sporting glory... going toe-to-toe down the finishing stretch against Tiger Woods at the Open Championship or the Masters... and beating him with a moment of pure brilliance on the final green. Yes, the underdog, the complete unknown, the mission impossible beats the world's greatest golfer. Come on, admit it - you've fantasised about it. We all have. If you don't have the ability then imagination is the next best thing.

Back in 1955, that underdog, that complete unknown became the biggest story in golf and delivered one of the greatest upsets in the game. It was the US Open and it pitched the mighty Ben Hogan against an Iowan by the name of Jack Fleck.

The Longest Shot is the story of these two men's paths to the Open and their ensuing battle (over an 18 hole play-off). Ben Hogan was looking to finish his remarkable career in style while Jack Fleck was looking to make a pro career a reality.

The author, Neil Sagebiel (of the Armchair Golf Blog), met Jack Fleck - now in his 90s - and decided to write the story of golf's greatest underdog. The story is one of grit and determination, on the part of both men, and anyone who swings a club will empathise with the mindset of Fleck as he tries to make a name for himself. Sagebiel gets under Fleck's skin so that you can understand the man's work ethic as well as his hopes and dreams. That is what is at the heart of this book... the battle at Olympic in San Francisco was the mere culmination of the man's drive for success.

A vast quantity of research went into this book and that is where my only frustration lies - frustration at myself I must add - I simply can't keep up with the names and dates of all the characters involved.
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An excellent read..easy on a tired brian in the evening but packed with interest. The book allows you an insight into the rank outsider Jack Fleck's mind as he wins the 1955 US Open. A lot has been written about the great Ben Hogan (whom Fleck defeated in an 18 hole play-off) but very little to date about Jack Fleck. This book puts that right with a bang. Highly recommended.
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