The 1975 Masters Tournament always seemed destined for the record books. A veritable Hall of Fame list of competitors had gathered that spring in Augusta, Georgia, for the game's most famous event, including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Billy Casper, and Sam Snead. The lead-up had been dominated by Lee Elder, the first black golfer ever invited to the exclusive club's tourney. But by the weekend, the tournament turned into a showdown between the three heavyweights of the time: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, and Tom Weiskopf. Never before had golf's top three players of the moment summoned the best golf of their lives in the same major championship. Their back-and-forth battle would rivet the sporting world and dramatically culminate in one of the greatest finishes in golf history.
In The Magnificent Masters, Gil Capps, a 22-year veteran of the golf industry with NBC Sports and Golf Channel, recaptures hole-by-hole the thrilling drama of this singular event during golf’s golden era, from the media-crazed build-up and intertwined careers of the three combatants to the tournament's final dramatic putts that would change the game of golf forever.
©2014 Gil Capps (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This is a very good golf book. Nicklaus may be the greatest of all time, but there have not been that many interesting books featuring him. Hogan, Palmer and Jones have had theirs. Even Tiger recently. So it's nice to have a good one featuring the Bear at a time when he was at the top of his game. It has also been rare to have a golf book featuring a young Johnny Miller, so that was an added bonus. The 1975 Masters is considered one of the best of all time. So it made for a great backdrop to explore some of the best golfers of the 1970's.
The reader, however, will be a distraction for any golfer. He mispronounces many golf terms. He also shows a total lack of golf knowledge on others. For example, he reads -3 as negative 3 instead of 3 under as any golfer would. Despite those distractions I enjoyed the book.
A narrator that knows something about golf!
Great rivalry at one of the best Master's ever
Anyone who knows how to pronounce Doral, hosel, Weiskopf, etc and understands that -3 on the leader board is "3 under" not "minus three" or that 3,5 4 on a scorecard is three, five, four not three hundred fifty four. Really grating to hear him mispronounce Tom Weiskopf's name about 100 times "WeisKOPP"
Much better read than listening to this narrator
The reader knew nothing about golf. He mis-pronounced so many names, terms, etc. that it ruined a great book.
He should have asked anyone who had knowledge of the game of golf how to pronounce words and/or names in the book. An example is his pronunciation of the hosel (the part of the golf club between the shaft and the clubface) as HOSEl.
This is a thorough account of one of golf's greatest days. It is rare when the two best players in the world are in form at the same time, let alone in a major. What would happen if the top THREE were peaking at the Masters? Here is the answer...
Joel Richards is the absolute worst narrator I have ever heard. He mispronounced names of golfers, golf courses, and even "hosel"!!! Made the book infuriating to me. Who hired this idiot?
I would hire someone who knows golf ro read it. The mis-pronounciations of golf terms, names and places are very distracting
Great history, but the book jumps around a lot
if it isn't about golf
I would recommend the book but not the audio version. It was full of incredible mispronunciations and reading errors that almost ruined the story. I was keeping a list but there got to be so many I gave up. Anyone with even a remote knowledge of the history of the game would have required it to be redone.
Unfortunately the most memorable moments were the reading mistakes (Tree Shots, Three-pooting, repeated references to the Dorel (vs. Doral), Jim Colbair (vs. Jim Colbert) and Tommy Armour pronounced like the piece of bedroom furniture.
Letting author listen to the performance before selling it. Get someone that has an inkling of an interest in the game read it. It was a magnificent Masters - listening to the book should have been as well.
It was a disservice to the author of the book to put this out there. I would be very surprised if he was not upset by this performance.
I thought the book was a bit up and down. Should have focused more on the actual tournament, instead of page after page of Johnny Millers life in California, or Weiskopfs in Ohio. Just too much time spent on them, and not enough on other golfers involved in the tournament.
I liked the descriptions of the actual rounds in the Masters. I was bored with so much back story that really didnt matter.
Poor Joel Richards has obviously never even seen a golf tournament or club or ball. He had a tough time with pronunciations of even the simplest golf term. (Hosel becomes Hose El.....The Doral Tournament becomes the Durel.etc etc) I liked his voice otherwise, except when he felt compelled to try a British accent. That was painful. Leave the accents out, and learn more about the terminology of the subject matter, and Richards would be fine with any readings.
No...it told the entire story. It was about the 1975 Masters and that was covered completely.
I wish that there had been more information on all the other great golfers in this tournament. Tom Watson was playing in the final round with Nicklaus, yet we barely hear about him. There is a lot of talk about Lee Trevino going into the tournament, and even though this year marked his best showing in the Masters, we dont get much information on his feelings on how the tournament finished. Should have spent more time on the four rounds of the event, and less on the life lessons learned by Miller and Weiskopf.
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