By James Dodson
During this occasion of 3 mythical champions at the centennial in their births in 1912, the most comprehensive and profitable writers in regards to the video game explains the conditions that made each one of them so singularly superb and the way they, in flip, kept not just the pro travel yet smooth golfing itself, hence making attainable the next approval for gamers from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods.
through the Depression—after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones (winning the Grand Slam as an beginner in 1930) had pale within the public’s imagination—golf’s reputation fell 12 months after yr, and as a spectator activity it was once at the verge of extinction. This was once the sad prospect dealing with dirt-poor boys from Texas and one other from Virginia who had committed themselves to the sport but may well glance ahead basically to eking out a subsistence dwelling besides hundreds of thousands of different americans. yet then lightning struck, and from the past due thirties into the fifties those 3 males have been so completely dominant—each environment a number of records—that they reworked either how the sport was once performed and the way society appeared it.
activities enthusiasts as a rule are good conscious of Hogan and Nelson and Snead, yet even the main committed golfers will study a very good many new issues approximately them right here. Their hundredth birthdays can be venerated all through 2012—Nelson born in February, Snead in may perhaps, and Hogan in August—but as this entire and compelling account vividly demonstrates, they have been, and may continually stay, a triumvirate for the a while.
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American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf by James Dodson