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A Must for Golf Historians,
This review is from: The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf (Hardcover)
An absolutely brilliant book! I have just finished reading it and could not put it down.
The story (based on actual events), gives the background of the early lives and careers of Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon leading upto the 1913 US Open Championship where they went head to head with Ted Ray in a playoff for the title.
Unlike most documented books on true life golf, the reader isn't bored with results and bogged down with meaningless scores. Instead this is a very personal account of the heroes of the day. Not only does it portray the accounts leading upto and including the US Open but it gives a great prologue on the lives of many of the people involved in the story and a superb epilogue of the years that followed the tournament, recounting the impact on the golfing world of the American amateur's win and the lives (successes and otherwise) of the players, upto their deaths in many cases.
Others that were essential to the story were the likes of Walter Hagen, Bernard Darwin the sports writer, and many of the top golfers of the era.
My opinion is it ought to be made into a film, but please don't take anything out!