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Caddy for life : the Bruce Edwards story
Feinstein, John.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Co., [2004]

Physical Description:
xviii, 300 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Introduction -- The reunion -- The black sheep -- "We'll try it for a week" -- The boss -- Rocket man -- Joy ride -- "I'm gonna make it" -- Tough times -- The Norman years -- Home again -- Winning and moving -- "A black thought" -- It can't be true -- Media darling -- A great five hours -- Needle in a haystack -- "We're not done yet" -- "See you in Hawaii."
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GV964.A2 E394 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV964.A2 E394 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Author Notes

John Feinstein was born in New York City on July 28, 1956. He graduated from Duke University. He is a sportswriter, author, and sports commentator. He was on the staff at the Washington Post and wrote for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of several books including A Season on the Brink, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, A Good Walk Spoiled, and The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and the Story of an Epic College Basketball Rivalry.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

More than a factotum who lugs clubs, a professional caddy has to mesh psychologically with his boss. This ineffable necessity comes out in Feinstein's biography of a caddy who is well-known in golfing circles through his employment since 1973 by a top name in the sport, Tom Watson. Feinstein recounts on-course anecdotes that illustrate Edwards and Watson's working manner. Their relationship dwells in the average golf fan's memory thanks to a video clip, infinitely relooped during the U.S. Open every year, of Watson celebrating with Edwards after holing an impossible chip to defeat Jack Nicklaus at the 1982 Open. But the reason television loved that loop in 2003 was not joyous; it was valedictory, for Edwards had been diagnosed with a fatal affliction, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Asked by Edwards to write his life story, Feinstein has done so with thoroughness and insight into the itinerant world of caddies and how they make it on tour, and, when the news arrived of Edwards' bad break, with subdued frankness about the tears and anger such news provokes. Feinstein's golf books--lately, Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black BKL My 1 03--are highly popular with fans, and Edwards' tragedy is bound to widen readership to those involved with ALS. --Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sportswriter Feinstein (Open; The Majors) delivers another solid look at the world of golf and its many interesting personalities, and this newest is his most intimate work so far. His subject is Bruce Edwards, who has been known within golf's tight-knit world as the caddy for over 40 years for legendary pro Tom Watson. Edwards's life story is a microcosm of the changes in modern professional golfing, and this book will thoroughly entertain golf fans. The personal edge in Feinstein's writing comes from the fact-acknowledged immediately in the book's introduction-that Edwards was diagnosed in 2003 with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, and that he found this out only 15 days after proposing to the longtime love of his life. Fortunately, Feinstein is skilled at looking at Edwards's professional and personal challenges without becoming mawkish and delivers a solid testament to a life well led. Feinstein nicely captures how Edwards, by caddying for Watson, "became the public face of those changes"-from Edwards's teenage years, working only at individual clubs for small change with a range of golfers competing for purses that were one-thirtieth of what they are now, to today, when a caddy can make an annual income well into six figures working for a successful player. The book, in effect, also offers a fine bio of Watson, as Feinstein recounts in energetic detail the many important tournaments that Watson won with Edwards's assistance. Agent, Esther Newberg. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Famed sports writer Feinstein celebrates famed caddy Bruce Edwards, now suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.