Jenkins at the Majors
Sixty Years of the World's Best Golf Writing, from Hogan to Tiger
By Dan Jenkins
(Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385519137, 352pp.)
Publication Date: May 5, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
DAN JENKINS, an award-winning writer for Sports Illustrated for more than twenty years, is the author of nineteen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Semi-Tough, Dead Solid Perfect, Baja Oklahoma, Life Its Ownself, Rude Behavior, Fairways and Greens, Slim and None, and most recently, The Franchise Babe. He currently writes a popular column for Golf Digest and now lives full-time in his native Fort Worth, Texas.
Praise for Dan Jenkins
“Dan Jenkins invented the art of golf writing.”
—John Feinstein, author of the forthcoming Are You Kidding Me? The Story of Rocco Mediate's Extraordinary Battle with Tiger Woods at the US Open
“Dan Jenkins is to golf as Michelangelo was to ceilings.”
—Roy Blount Jr., author of Alphabet Juice
“There may be some dispute about the greatest golfer of all time. Just not the greatest golf writer. That would be Dan Jenkins, his ownself.”
—Mike Lupica, author of Heat and Summer Ball
“These chronicles from golf's resident muse, court jester and gold-standard storyteller are as delightful, absurd and wickedly addictive as the sport itself.”
—Peter Richmond, author of The Glory Game
“Jenkins is hilarious, providing more laughs per page than any other writer in the ‘bidness.’”
“Dan Jenkins is the nearest thing to Ring Lardner this generation has ever seen. No one has captured the essential lunacy of the twentieth-century sports (and TV) scene as accurately and hilariously as this.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Dan Jenkins is a comic genius.”
“His writing and his ear recall—there is no higher compliment—Ring Lardner, though in different times and different Americas.”
—David Halberstam, New York Times Book Review
“The best sportswriter in America.”