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Another very good read for golf fans
on 9 August 2009
I bought this book because I enjoyed Mr Feinstein's earlier books: A good Walk Spoiled (about the PGA Tour)and The Majors. These really seemed to get inside the life of the professional tour golfer so we could see how tough it is for them. Throughout these books the threat hanging over them was "having to go back to Q School" as though it were a prison sentence - so I was delighted to see that he had written a book about the subject.
And yes it IS tough: "three phases of hell" it says on the back cover. "Golf's Fifth Major" may be a misnomer in terms of the status - but not of effort, competitiveness or ultimate importance. At the end there is no grand trophy for the winner, but tickets for those who succeed - on the PGA Tour for the select few, or on the Nationwide Tour for the second level. For the rest: heartbreak. The threat of failure here makes many reconsider their choice of career or how to keep going until next year's Q-School. There is, inevitably, more sadness than joy in the stories told in a competition where an entire career can hang on one shot.
Another very good book which shines a light on the less glamourous side of tour golf and makes you look at professional golfers with a new respect. It also made me look at PGA Tour TV coverage with more interest and to look up the career stories of some of the less well-known names I had read about in these pages.