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Tournament week : inside the ropes and behind the scenes on the PGA tour
Strege, John.
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First edition.
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New York, NY : Cliff Street Books, [2000]

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xii, 228 pages ; 25 cm
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Professional golf is among the most intimate of sports. Only a thin rope separates the players from the fans. Yet the reality is that the rope is a substantial barrier that permits only a glimpse of the world of professional tournament golf. John Strege, author of Tiger: A Biography of Tiger Woods and Golf World writer, takes you through a high-pressure week on the PGA Tour, providing a vivid portrait of what the professional golfer experiences each day of tournament week.

Tournament Week begins on Monday, with the red carpet rolled out for players upon their arrival, some in private jets, a Citation X in Tiger Woods's case. Perks available to players include courtesy cars, luxurious lodgings, entertainment for wives and children, outings away from the course, lavish meals, and parties. Tuesday is the practice round, which often involves gambling among the players to inject interest in an otherwise meaningless round. John Huston once shot 62 at the Augusta National in a Masters tune-up and won ten bets from David Duval. Neighbors Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara bet whenever they practice together at a tournament site, often resulting in Woods reluctantly parting with a few dollars of his vast wealth. Wednesday is the longest day of the pro-am, principally because of the "am" part of the equation, the amateurs with their eyesore swings and misguided shots into the gallery. And then finally it's Thursday and the play begins, building to the final round on Sunday, which is the defining day in professional golf, when the pressure mounts and even chainpions choke.

John Strege covers the manner in which players view their equipment, from the idiosyncratic Mark O'Meara's requirement that his clubs look new to the eccentric Jesper Parnevik's perpetual tinkering. Strege reveals how players intentionally mislead the public into thinking they are using a particular brand of club, one they are paid to endorse, when in fact they are using a competing brand. And there's an entire chapter on what the pros carry in their golf bags. Strege dramatically portrays the life of the alternates, the game's unwitting vultures who are waiting for the opportunity to join the field, and the caddies' milieu, where golf's underappreciated laborers serve the game's spoiled aristocracy. He reports on what the players do to stay in shape and how some of them travel with trainers and sports psychologists with whom they work after a round rather than succumbing to the temptations of the proverbial nineteenth hole.

Filled with entertaining stories and the very wry wit of the players, this is a must read for anyone who loves the game of golf. If you ever wondered what really happens on the PGA Tour, you will be riveted by this rare, behind-the-scenes tour of Tournament Week.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Strege's gossipy, irreverent romp through the PGA Tour reveals aspects of professional golf that spectators will never see on the sidelines or the tube. David Duval, new PGA champion Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, John Daly, Fuzzy Zoeller, Greg Norman and many other pros traipse through these zestful pages, which are studded with anecdotes that the players confided to the author. Strege, whose recent biography of Tiger Woods was made into a TV movie for Showtime, works every conceivable angle; chapters cover how tour members cope with anger and frustration, what they carry in their tour bags besides golf clubs (beepers, Bibles, healing magnets, a deceased loved one's ashes), the clash between slower, deliberate players and faster ones, pros' relations with the media, the limbo lifestyle of alternates, the growing role of sports psychologists who make (club)house calls and the fierce gambling in practice rounds in defiance of PGA rules. Although Strege's approach is casual and offbeat, he packs in an enormous amount of information about the PGA Tour, and golf fans will glean new insights into this high-pressure, 49-tournament contest. A growing legion of players travel by private corporate jet, yet for all the hoopla, hustle and megabucks, golfers remain surprisingly down-to-earth; they exhibit a rare camaraderie, and their sportsmanshipÄplayers assessing penalties on themselves even when an infraction was not witnessed by othersÄputs other sports to shame. Strege come in under par. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved