One for the Ages

One for the Ages

Jack Nicklaus and the 1986 Masters

By Tom Clavin

Chicago Review Press, Hardcover, 9781569767054, 228pp.

Publication Date: March 2011


The Masters tournament has provided some of golf's most memorable finishesnone more so than the improbable triumph by Jack Nicklaus in 1986. Twenty-five years later, many regard it as the most exciting Masters ever.

Nicklaus, 46, was 160th on the PGA Tour money list. His last win in a major championship had been six years earlier. Many of his rivals on the tour thought he was well on his way to being washed up.

But for Nicklaus, the Masters was an opportunity for redemption. The somewhat tarnished Golden Bear, with his eldest son, Jackie, as his caddy, hung on for the first three rounds. Then it was Sunday. Ballesteros, Norman, Kite, Watson, and others were ahead of him. During the afternoon, he charged."

One for the Ages "is the pulse-pounding story of the most glorious moment in Jack Nicklaus's career. It is also a celebration of the Masters, arguably the most prestigious tournament in golf, and its world-class players, who clashed during a golden weekend in Augusta until only one man, with his son at his side, was left standing.

About the Author
Tom Clavin is the editor of the "East Hampton Independent" and the "Southampton Independent", two of the most award-winning weekly newspapers in the United States. His articles have appeared in "Reader s Digest", "Cosmopolitan", "Golf" magazine, "Family Circle", and other publications. Clavin is also the coauthor of "Halsey s Typhoon".

Praise For One for the Ages

"A must read for fans anticipating another magnolia-bright spring in Augusta." Booklist

"One for the Ages is a good primer for diehard fans who wait anxiously to see the pros tee it up next month for the famous green jacket. Someone should send Tiger a copy." Maclean's

"A stirring account of the most memorable victory of golf's greatest champion."Kirkus Reviews

"Clavin works more Masters history into his bookand more accurately assesses the financial woes of Nicklaus' business empire in the mid-1980s than [John] Boyette . . . Clavin also delivers some of the emotion of a taut final round."Golf World

"Clavin marks the anniversary with a mix of Masters' history and a re-creation of events, building his retelling of the Nicklaus ascension on contemporary reportage and the recollections of a few key players."

"If you weren't around to watch the 1986 Masters Championship, reading Tom Clavin's One for the Ages is the next best thing . . . an entertaining, eminently readable history." Golf Today Magazine

"Clavin has captured emotion and drama of that perfect afternoon." National Post

"[Clavin] has done his part to recapture the magic of April 13, 1986."