“Sports Illustrated senior writer Bamberger adapts some of hi finest workincluding profiles of Tiger, Jack, Annika, and even his own high school golf coachand fashions a personal journey that nicely mixes memoir with first-rate reportage.” Jeff Silverman, Sports Illustrated
Michael Bamberger, author of the highly acclaimed Wonderland,
has been praised for reporting “in the best tradition of Tom Wolfe and Tracy Kidder” (The Providence Journal ).
He has been writing about golf for twenty years and has lived the game as few others havefrom his experience as one of the first white, college-educated caddies in 1985, to hanging out with Arnold Palmer at the Masters.This Golfing Life
brings together Bamberger’s acclaimed, intimate profiles of stars, as well as the behind-the-scenes people who make the game what it is: In his last round of golf before an amputation, his high school golf coach, John Sifaneck, makes his first hole-in-one; John Stark gets Bamberger to relearn the game as a Scotsman; Bob Rubin, a Wall Street master-of-the-universe, builds his own golf courseone so difficult he can’t break 100 on it; Howdy Giles, Arnold Palmer’s dentist, has ball markers made from Palmer’s old fillings; Bruce Edwards continues to caddie for Tom Watson while dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Bamberger interweaves these stories with his own life in a way that will remind golfers why they love the game.