John Feinstein tells the story of the players who compete for these coveted positions in the 2005 Q school. With arresting accounts from the players, established winners, rising stars, the defeated, and the endlessly hopeful, America's favorite sportswriter unearths the inside story behind the PGA Tour's brutal all-or-nothing competition.
©2007 John Feinstein; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
Feinstein provides a loose structure of describing first stage, second stage, finals and touches on the adventures of many players as they go through Q school. The problem is that there was not nearly enough of what I call the golf "geek factor": extreme detail of how a sequence of holes is being played--club selection, lie, strategy, mis-hits, etc. He does provide this for a couple of players in the finals, but it seemed too little, too late. Anyone reading this book is waaaaay into golf and like that level of detail--usually.
As it was, I was left with what felt like a ton of names and totals for their rounds and how far they missed "the number." It got a little distracting and hard to follow. He does get across what an ordeal Q school is (it is being phased out now, I believe, or at least revised) and how heartbreaking and costly small mistakes--or the whims of fate--can be. If you're into golf, read it but be aware that it's a little general at times in its approach.
I admit that my experience is different than most. I played professional golf on the mini-tours and internationally before there was a Nike or Hooters tour, and when you had to make the top 60 to stay on the PGA tour.
Nevertheless, if you have any interest in golf (and I quit 30 years ago), the fleshing out of individual sagas is very compelling. Feinstein gets into the minds of the up-and-coming and those trying to hang on, and this is what makes it a great book.
I did not find this to be John's best effort. However, it is golf and if you enjoy golf you will enjoy the inside knowledge that he brings to the game.
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