The Back Nine
By Billy Mott
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307277862, 245pp.
Publication Date: March 11, 2008
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Charlie McLeod was a golf prodigy. His father taught him the game and then injury took it away. Twenty-five years after his last swing, McLeod is finally back on the course, working as a caddy in San Francisco.
Though he is older and slightly disheveled, he can still drive the ball as straight and as far as the best players in the world. When his extraordinary skills are discovered, he quickly becomes embroiled in a high stakes game between his wealthy employers and a ferocious pro. What ensues is the hilarious and touching story of an underdog and the joys and life lessons found in the great game of golf.
“A hole in one. . . . Combines thoughtful, beautiful written passages and a wealth of insider golf knowledge . . . . You are in for hours of intense pleasure.” —Chicago Sun-Times“A cinematic showdown on the greens.” —The New York Times Book Review“A fun, rousing debut novel. . . . As gripping as a good Masters' finale.” —Forbes “Mott captures the world of the caddy shack, with its tyrants, misfits, and refugees.” —Los Angeles Magazine