Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black

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9780316170031: Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black

In June 2002, the US Open was played, for the first time in history, on a true public golf course. Bethpage State Park is owned by the state of New York, and no membership is required to play there. This is golf at its most populist, most pure - and most challenging. In what Tiger Woods himself would declare 'the most difficult national championship', Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo and the rest would, through days of rain and roughs, learn the hard way that while Bethpage may be open to the public, even for the pros the chance of winning can be closed off to mere mortals. The Bethpage course was so challenging that only one player finished under par; this was golf at its most intense. With unprecedented backstage access, John Feinstein finally removes the mystery shrouding golf's most famous event, unravelling how pairings are made; qualifiers; setting up the golf course; and all the complexities of bringing golf's most exclusive competition to a truly public setting. In fascinating detail, Feinstein takes readers through every step, every thorny hole, every bitter rivalry of one of golf's greatest tournaments.

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About the Author:

John Feinstein is the author of the bestselling A GOOD WALK SPOILED and THE MAJORS. He writes for Golf Magazine and is a commentator on the NPR and ESPN channels in America.

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The U.S. Open is one of golf's premier tournaments, generally held at some of the most difficult private courses in the country. OPEN chronicles how and why the 2002 Open came to be played at Bethpage Black in New York and how the already challenging course was transformed into one of the hardest in the country. John Feinstein, among the nation's finest sportswriters, reads this well-edited abridgment of his book. The work describes the behind-the-scenes pre-tournament machinations and tells a more interesting story than one might expect. Feinstein's straightforward reading style demonstrates why he's a popular radio and TV commentator; he is entertaining and paces the book so that even nonenthusiasts of golf can follow the events. Although golf fans might want to hear the entire book, for most people the abridgment will suffice. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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