Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Modern Age of Golf
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In American Triumvirate, James Dodson, one of today’s most accomplished golf writers, offers a probing portrait of three legendary golf champions—Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan—on the centennial of their births in 1912. Dodson explains the circumstances that made each of them so singularly brilliant and how they, in turn, saved not only the professional tour but modern golf itself.
During the Depression—after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones had faded in the public’s imagination—golf’s popularity fell year after year, and as a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia who had dedicated themselves to the game yet could look forward only to eking out a subsistence living along with millions of other Americans. But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties these three men were so thoroughly dominant—each setting a host of records—that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it.
This comprehensive and compelling account vividly captures the legendary accomplishments of a triumvirate for the ages.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc./Random House ( March 13, 2012 )
Item #: 13-566172
Product Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25 inches
Product Weight: 30.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)