- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (31 July 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751540404
- ISBN-13: 978-0751540406
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Match Paperback – 31 Jul 2008
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Gripping and exceptionally well researched and written (Times)
A fantastic insight into the course and four of the world's greatest golfers (GQ)
The definitive account of a little-known but extraordinary match between two golfing legends and two young amateurs on the eve of Bing Crosby's pro-am tournament in 1956.See all Product Description
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With the curiosity of a cultural anthropologist and the skills of a master storyteller, Frost establishes and then explores a context within which four of the greatest golfers in the 1950s agreed to a "friendly match." They knew each other, respected each other, and enjoyed each other's company. However, in his own unique way, each was a ferocious competitor, especially when engaged in match play competition. Frost provides a hole-by-hole account (the primary story line) but he also brings to life each of the four competitors, explaining their respective backgrounds, personalities, and motivations while stressing their passion for the game of golf. The supporting cast includes Eddie Lowery who, when years old, caddied for Ouimet during his Open victory and is now a wealthy car dealer and among the leaders of the USGA. Also George Coleman, also a multi-millionaire as well as a member of Cypress Point who accepts Lowery's challenge to select any two professionals to compete against Ward and Venturi.Read more ›
Two wily veteran pros, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, help accept a challenge on behalf of George Coleman made by Eddie Lowery, Francis Ouimet's caddy at The Country Club in the U.S. win, that no one can beat Eddie's two amateur employees, Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward. Bets are placed and the game is on.
To make the story even more interesting, Mark Frost gives us the histories of the people involved against the backdrop of the switch from an amateur focus for the game to a professional one. You'll also learn about how Cypress Point was developed.
Working primarily from the memories of Byron Nelson and Ken Venturi, Mark Frost captures the scene almost as though he were an eye witness. Needless to say, the match contained some remarkable golf. I won't go into it, but I found my heart pounding many times as the competitive situations unfolded in the high stakes Nassau.
I've never seen Cypress Point in person, and the story also interested me for its fine explanation of the course's layout in 1956.
The Match tells of a little known event, played by 4 great players over a great course, for a bet between 2 wealthy men. Promising enough material for a great story, but you come away feeling like you've known the people involved your whole life, such is the thoughtful insight given to their lives.
The description of the match and the course is such that you feel the exitement as if you there..it's nail biting, page turning stuff, and I would certainly recommend this as a present to anyone who likes golf or wants to learn more about the great players of the past.
This is right up their with another great golfing book, Tommy's Honour, and I'd struggle to seperate these 2 books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this book having already read The Greatest Game Ever Played and it is a fantastic insight into the life of Eddie Lowery but more importantly how great golf was in that era... Read morePublished 4 months ago by RICHARD BURTON
good delivery , good book to read, but went on to much about each player and not a lot on the match, had no idea how good Byron Nelson was. recommendPublished 8 months ago by Roy Smith
Really good golfing read can't wait to see it made into a film.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
brilliant read for the golf addict or any who are interested in sports stories, a glimpse of a long gone era in sport, a must read in particular for Hogan and Nelson loversPublished 15 months ago by I. twatbasher
Captures the atnosphere of the era. A book any golfer with an appreciation of the history and characters in golf will enjoy.Published 19 months ago by Mortimer