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To Wear the Green Jacket

The first round of the legendary Masters Tournament begins this Thursday, 10 April. The only one of the four major professional golf tournaments that is played in the same location every year, it has been held at Augusta National Golf Club since 1934 (although this is not the eightieth Masters because of a three-year hiatus during World War II). The custom of presenting the winner with a green jacket began with the 1949 tournament. Naturally, a lot of ink has been spilled through the years on the rounds, the players, the controversies, and the triumphs. Read up on the rich history of the Masters in the following titles from Richland Library’s collection.


Amazon Says: The 1975 Masters Tournament always seemed destined for the record books. A veritable Hall of Fame list of competitors had gathered that spring in Augusta, Georgia, for the gam more...
Amazon Says: The 1975 Masters Tournament always seemed destined for the record books. A veritable Hall of Fame list of competitors had gathered that spring in Augusta, Georgia, for the game's most famous event, including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Billy Casper, and Sam Snead. The lead-up had been dominated by Lee Elder, the first black golfer ever invited to the exclusive club's tourney. But by the weekend, the tournament turned into a showdown between the three heavyweights of the time: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, and Tom Weiskopf. Never before had golf's top three players of the moment summoned the best golf of their lives in the same major championship. Their back-and-forth battle would rivet the sporting world and dramatically culminate in one of the greatest finishes in golf history. In The Magnificent Masters, Gil Capps, a twenty-two-year veteran of the golf industry with NBC Sports and Golf Channel, recaptures hole-by-hole the thrilling drama of this singular event during golf’s golden era, from the media-crazed build-up and intertwined careers of the three combatants to the tournament's final dramatic putts that would change the game of golf forever. less...
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Amazon Says: The Masters tournament has provided some of golf’s most memorable finishes—none more so than the improbable triumph by Jack Nicklaus in 1986. Twenty-five years later, many more...
Amazon Says: The Masters tournament has provided some of golf’s most memorable finishes—none more so than the improbable triumph by Jack Nicklaus in 1986. Twenty-five years later, many regard it as the most exciting Masters ever.Nicklaus, 46, was 160th on the PGA Tour money list. His last win in a major championship had been six years earlier. Many of his rivals on the tour thought he was well on his way to being washed up.But for Nicklaus, the Masters was an opportunity for redemption. The somewhat tarnished Golden Bear, with his eldest son, Jackie, as his caddy, hung on for the first three rounds. Then it was Sunday. Ballesteros, Norman, Kite, Watson, and others were ahead of him. During the afternoon, he charged.One for the Ages is the pulse-pounding story of the most glorious moment in Jack Nicklaus’s career. It is also a celebration of the Masters, arguably the most prestigious tournament in golf, and its world-class players, who clashed during a golden weekend in Augusta until only one man, with his son at his side, was left standing. less...
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Amazon Says: Six decades of classic stories on the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship by the legendary Dan Jenkins Dan Jenkins has long been considered one of t more...
Amazon Says: Six decades of classic stories on the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship by the legendary Dan Jenkins Dan Jenkins has long been considered one of the premier sportswriters in America. Honored and imitated by generations of his peers, Jenkins’s wit, fearlessness, and inimitable style set the tone for Sports Illustrated during his years there and are in full display in classic novels like Semi-Tough and Dead Solid Perfect. But it is his golf journalism—for the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times-Herald, Sports Illustrated, and in recent years, Golf Digest—that sets him above and apart. In this masterful collection, Jenkins has selected the best of his original dispatches from the past sixty years—from Ben Hogan’s great final-round 67 to win the 1951 U.S. Open at torturous Oakland Hills to Tiger Woods's grimacing playoff win against Rocco Mediate fifty-eight years later—all written with his colorful humor and unmatched insight. His wry reportage on golf's most iconic players, thrilling finishes, historic moments, and heartbreaking collapses have brought legions of fans intimately close to the action and the larger-than-life personalities of the game. The stories in Jenkins at the Majors remain as vivid and thrilling as the days he wrote them, including: • Ben Hogan besting Sam Snead in an epic battle in the 1953 U.S. Open at Oakmont • The legendary 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills, where three eras clashed as Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus battled it out in the final round • Greg Norman’s cringe-worthy collapse at the 1996 Masters • Tiger Woods’s record-shattering victory in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Jenkins was there, immortalizing these and many other great moments in golf history—under deadline, no less—with his signature style and encyclopedic knowledge of the game in this nostalgic and highly entertaining ride. A must-read for every golf fan. less...
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Amazon Says: Forget the birds, the flowers, and April showers: in golf, you know spring has sprung when the Masters rolls around. Held on the hallowed grounds of the Augusta National Golf more...
Amazon Says: Forget the birds, the flowers, and April showers: in golf, you know spring has sprung when the Masters rolls around. Held on the hallowed grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club, and widely broadcast on TV, it’s one of the world’s most-watched sporting events each year. This collection celebrates that famed tournament, as some of America’s best known sportswriters—such as Grantland Rice and Jim Murray—praise the event’s illustrious history and traditions. The Masters has provided the stage for golf’s most prominent names, and they’re all represented on these pages, from Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods. Fans (many of whom dream of playing it themselves) will take a ride down memory and Magnolia Lane, as they recall great moments in golf, and find out about some of the quirkier, behind-the scene moments, both touching and humorous. MASTERS’ FACTS AND FIGURES: • 43 million Americans watched Tiger Woods win his first of four green jackets. • It’s the number one televised golf tournament in the world. • You cannot apply for membership; you must be invited. • The tradition of wearing green jackets began in 1937. • Dwight D. Eisenhower was the only president to have been a club member.   less...
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One Magical Sunday: by Phil Mickelson
Amazon Says: Every year, he became so close only to fall short. Every year, the dream grew larger, only to fade away. Yet every year, his gallery of fans grew in support of his quest. Th more...
Amazon Says: Every year, he became so close only to fall short. Every year, the dream grew larger, only to fade away. Yet every year, his gallery of fans grew in support of his quest. Then on April 11, 2004, for the most beloved golfer of the decade, everything changed. In ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY, Phil Mickelson takes us on a magical journey inside a life few have seen up close, but a life whose lessons can be cherished forever. As we travel hole-by-hole through the triumphant Sunday at the Masters, Phil looks back at the influences that made him the man he is today: his mom and dad, who mentored him on the balance between family and golf; his wife, Amy, who has given him so much happiness and fulfillment; and their three children, who remain their top priority. With personal insights from Phil's family and never been seen photos of his most treasured moments, ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY is a book not only for Phil's millions of fans, but for everyone who finds inspiration in reading about a champion on and off the course. less...
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Amazon Says: April 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., was dead; anti-Vietnam protests and race riots roiled the cities; and America verged on breaking apart. The Masters in Augusta offered som more...
Amazon Says: April 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., was dead; anti-Vietnam protests and race riots roiled the cities; and America verged on breaking apart. The Masters in Augusta offered some temporary respite from chaos. The rivalry between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus was at its peak, and the public anticipated another thrilling duel. But in the end Palmer, Nicklaus, and Gary Player were surpassed by three relative unknowns: Bert Yancey, Bob Goalby, and Argentinean Roberto DeVicenzo. At the seventeenth hole, DeVicenzo's playing partner recorded that he'd made the hole in four. In fact, he'd made it in three, however DeVicenzo signed the card in error, and was not allowed to correct his score, meaning he lost the tournament to Goalby by one shot. DeVicenzo sobbed on hearing the news, and much of the world cried with him. In THE LOST MASTERS, Curt Sampson, utilizing access to all the key players (including DeVicenzo and Goalby) examines the personalities, events, and aftermath of that astonishing tournament. In recounting one of the most fascinating sports stories ever, he casts a light upon the continuing controversy of the Augusta Golf Club and the Masters, and on one pivotal year in American life. less...
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Amazon Says: The controversy began with a seemingly innocuous private letter, and spiraled into the biggest media event in golf history. The Augusta National membership dispute dominated h more...
Amazon Says: The controversy began with a seemingly innocuous private letter, and spiraled into the biggest media event in golf history. The Augusta National membership dispute dominated headlines and watercooler conversation for nearly a year, propelled by twenty-first-century hot-button issues and a pair of perfectly drawn foils in Hootie Johnson and Martha Burk. But a year after Burk's messy Masters week protest, the meaning of the membership controversy remains elusive. In "The Battle for Augusta National," Alan Shipnuck -- who reinvented the PGA Tour narrative with the rollicking "Bud, Sweat, & Tees" -- provides the definitive account of what really happened and why.In this lively, irreverent, ambitious book, Shipnuck chases the story from the chairman's office at Augusta National to the living room of the One Man Klan, along the way bringing to life a vivid cast of characters and revealing subplots aplenty. With meticulous reporting and penetrating insights, Shipnuck provides a nuanced look into the complex and contradictory worlds of Hootie and Martha, who were drawn together like moths to a flame; reveals Augusta National's secret plots to undermine the press and the accompanying turmoil at "The New York Times," including an exclusive interview with the Times's disgraced executive editor, Howell Raines; and explores the Southern politics that led to Burk's Masters week banishment, drawing on Senate confirmation hearings and campaign contribution documents to link local politicians and a federal judge to Augusta National.From Tiger Woods to Jack Welch, Sandra Day O'Connor to Bryant Gumbel, Treasury Secretary Snow to Jesse Jackson, the gang's all here in this withering look at astory that never stopped churning.Along the way, many of the membership controversy's mysteries are revealed. How did Augusta National's top-secret membership roll become public? Who was the shadowy protester identified by hoodwinked reporters as Heywood Jablome? Did Burk lie about a vast right-wing conspiracy to undermine her demonstration? All of this and much more can be found in "The Battle for Augusta National," a book that captures the passion and absurdity of a great national debate that continues to simmer. less...
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Amazon Says: Revered as the most prestigious tournament in golf, the Masters commands nationwide attention, even among non-golfers. In THE MASTERS: A HOLE-BY-HOLE HISTORY OF AMERICA'S GOLF more...
Amazon Says: Revered as the most prestigious tournament in golf, the Masters commands nationwide attention, even among non-golfers. In THE MASTERS: A HOLE-BY-HOLE HISTORY OF AMERICA'S GOLF CLASSIC, David Sowell presents the rich history and traditions of America's premier golf event. Where past histories of The Masters have focused on stories about the management of the club at Augusta, Sowell offers a refreshing return to the action on the fairways and on the green. No other book provides a better view of the course, where success breeds legends and where failure can haunt even the most brilliant golfer's career. Sowell describes the unique features of every hole, and he tells how each was a stage for some of the greatest moments in golf history. From Nick Faldo's incredible 100-foot putt on the second hole during the third round in 1989 to the costly collisions that Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus all have had with the unforgiving heart of Amen Corner, the twelth hole, you'll learn all there is to know about the history and challenges of the Masters. less...
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Amazon Says: "If you asked golfers what tournament they would rather win over all the others," golfing great Sam Snead once said, "I think every one of them to a man would say the Masters. more...
Amazon Says: "If you asked golfers what tournament they would rather win over all the others," golfing great Sam Snead once said, "I think every one of them to a man would say the Masters." Played on the magnificent course designed by Bob Jones and Alister MacKenzie for the Augusta National Golf Club, the Masters has become the dividing line between winter and spring for even the casual golf fan -- and the hallmark of greatness for the pros who walk its fairways. Unlike the three other major tournaments that define the golf season, the Masters is not run by a national governing body, either of the game or of its professionals. It is run by a private club, which sets the requirements for qualification. The prize is not a championship title but the club's green blazer. So how is it that this private gathering has become the most glamorous, most watched, and most imitated golf tournament in the world? The usual answers to this question are: the prestige brought to the tournament from its beginnings by the presence of Bobby Jones, still listed on the Club's masthead as President in Perpetuity nearly three decades after his death; the beauty of the golf course, with its dogwoods and azaleas in dazzling April bloom; and the drama that develops on the back nine every annual Sunday, as the magnificent risk-reward aspects of the course permit great things to be achieved by great players. But the hidden and greatly misunderstood figure in the history of the Masters and Augusta National is Clifford Roberts, the club's chairman from its founding in 1931 until shortly before his suicide in 1977. Roberts's meticulous attention to detail, his firm authoritarian hand, and his skill at constantlyimagining improvements where others already saw perfection helped build the Masters into the tournament it is today, and Augusta National into every golfer's view of how heaven should look. It was Roberts who saw the club through its troubled early years -- for, hard as it is to realize today, the survival of Augusta National was an open question until well after World War II. Roberts's was the most powerful voice in all club matters; business meetings were generally brief, since only one opinion mattered, and the meetings themselves were often a pretense to draw in members for friendly if fiercely waged matches. His friendship with Jones is what brought the club into being; his bond with Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the club its greatest cachet. And his dealings with CBS, which has televised the tournament since 1956, guided the network into the modern era of sports broadcasting. To tell the story of the club, the Masters, and its idiosyncratic founder, acclaimed author David Owen was granted unprecedented access to the archives, records, and membership of Augusta National Golf Club. Owen found Roberts to be a character every bit as intriguing and vibrant as his more celebrated co-founder. And he uncovered a wealth of evidence debunking the popular perception that all that is best about Augusta National should be credited primarily to Jones. As it was written of Sir Christopher Wren, architect of London's St. Paul's Cathedral, so it may be said of Clifford Roberts on Masters Sunday at the club he built and loved: "If you seek his monument, look around you." less...
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Amazon Says: The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. It is the toughest ticket in sports, with black-market tickets selling for $10,000 and more. Success at Augusta National b more...
Amazon Says: The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. It is the toughest ticket in sports, with black-market tickets selling for $10,000 and more. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. But as Curt Sampson, author of the bestselling Hogan, reveals in The Masters, a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum façade of this famous Augusta course. And that heart belongs to the man who killed himself on the grounds two decades ago. Club and tournament founder Clifford Roberts, a New York stockbroker, still seems to run the place from his grave. An elusive and reclusive figure, Roberts pulled the strings that made the Masters the greatest golf tournament in the world. His story--including his relationship with presidents, power brokers, and every golf champion from Bobby Jones to Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus--has never been told. Until now.          The Masters is an amazing slice of history, taking us inside the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Augusta's most famous member. It is a look at how the new South coexists with the old South: the relationships between blacks and whites, between Southerners and Northerners, between rich and poor--with such characters as James Brown, the Godfather of Soul; the great boxer Beau Jack; and Frank Stranahan, the playboy golfer and the only white pro ever banned from the tournament. The Masters is a spellbinding portrait of a tournament unlike any other. less...
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