Four Days in July
Four Days in July
Tom Watson, the 2009 Open Championship, and a Tournament for the Ages
By Jim Huber
Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312661878, 290pp.
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
In July 2009, the sports world watched breathlessly as Watson, just shy of his sixtieth birthday and twenty-six years after his last Open title, battled Father Time through four amazing rounds at Turnberry. In "Four Days in July," award-winning golf writer and commentator Jim Huber takes the reader from tee to fairway, from green to clubhouse, providing an intimate look at Watson's inspiring run.
Entering the tournament as a sentimental wild card and nine years removed from his last top-ten finish in any of the four majors, "Old Tom" proceeded to shock the golf world by shooting an opening round 65. Although commentators and fans doubted he could keep up the level of play throughout the entire tournament, Watson proceeded not only to grab the lead but carry it into the final day.
In Huber's hands, we can practically smell the wind blowing off the Irish Sea as we follow Watson and caddie Neil Oxman hole-by-hole along the Ailsa Course. A fascinating parallel narrative emerges as Stewart Cink, the fellow American more than twenty-three years Watson's junior who would be dubbed "The Man Who Shot Santa Claus," catches Watson in the fading sunlight that Sunday in Scotland and claims the British Open in a heart-wrenching four-hole playoff.
The first media figure to speak with Watson at the end of each day, Huber mines his exclusive interviews with this golf legend as well as Oxman, Cink, and many other luminaries to recount a heroic tale of resilience, grit, and determination. This unforgettable story of the greatest links player ever and his courageous refusal to go gently into that good night is an unforgettable story that redeems the aging athlete in us all.
"The excitement and energy of the final round almost leaps from the page."—Publishers Weekly "Stirring golf history, sure to bring tears to the eyes of all golf lovers."—Booklist
"We might know how this Huber story will turn out but in the end, we'll still smile and maybe even shed a few years."—Golfweek “To re-live [Watson's] remarkable adventure through the eyes of my old friend Jim Huber is a treat and should be for all those who appreciate this great game and its history.”—Jack Nicklaus
“I will never forget that remarkable experience at Turnberry but Jim Huber’s book will make certain no one else will, either.”—Stewart Cink, 2009 British Open champion "Tom Watson is one of the most interesting men ever to play golf . . . and Jim Huber is a word-plumber in the very best sense of the expression. Together, they make a fine read."—David Feherty, former European Tour and PGA Tour professional golfer "Jim Huber's book captures those magical four days superbly.'"—Peter Alliss, golfer and BBC commentator
"Jim Huber will bring to life the Watson experience at The British Open in a way that will excite any golf enthusiast."—Billy Casper, former Masters and U.S. Open champion “Tom has always been a great inspiration to me and like so many people around the world, I was pulling so hard for him at Turnberry. His style of play and the manner in which he has conducted himself over the years has made him a role model to so many of us. And you will see in this book the spirit and fire we have all known for decades.”—Nick Price, Open Championship and PGA Championship winner