By James Dodson
During this occasion of 3 mythical champions at the centennial in their births in 1912, some of the most entire and profitable writers concerning the online game explains the conditions that made every one of them so singularly marvelous and the way they, in flip, stored not just the pro journey yet smooth golfing itself, hence making attainable the following approval for gamers from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods.
throughout the Depression—after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones (winning the Grand Slam as an novice in 1930) had pale within the public’s imagination—golf’s attractiveness fell 12 months after yr, and as a spectator activity it was once at the verge of extinction. This was once the sorrowful prospect dealing with dirt-poor boys from Texas and one other from Virginia who had devoted themselves to the sport but may possibly glance ahead merely to eking out a subsistence dwelling in addition to hundreds of thousands of alternative americans. yet then lightning struck, and from the overdue thirties into the fifties those 3 males have been so completely dominant—each surroundings a number of records—that they reworked either how the sport was once performed and the way society looked it.
activities fanatics mostly are good conscious of Hogan and Nelson and Snead, yet even the main dedicated golfers will research a superb many new issues approximately them the following. Their hundredth birthdays might 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 should continuously stay, a triumvirate for the a long time.
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American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf by James Dodson