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Bobby's Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend Hardcover – June 19, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906850283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906850289
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thoughtful and thought-provoking' -- John Hopkins The Times '[Reid] works to examine Jones's complex mind by stitching the various strands that Jones had to pull together to win his first Open championship ... the story thrives.' -- Jeff Silverman, Sports Illustrated 'The book should be considered as an additional to every golfer's library.' -- John Peter Hagen, author of Play Away Please 'A profound understanding of Jones the man emerges' -- Dermot Gilleece, Irish Sunday Independent 'A fabulously researched, in-depth look at Bobby Jones' Open victory at Royal Lytham in 1926' Today's Golfer 'Acknowledging that few golfers have had more words written about them than Jones, [Reid] still manages to turn a number of fascinating fresh furrows.' -- Dermot Gilleece, Irish Sunday Independent 'Most interesting and well written' -- Bruce Critchley, Sky Sports lead golf broadcaster

About the Author

Steven Reid is Chief Medical Officer of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and a lifelong golfer and writer specialising in the game’s history and course architecture. Previous works include Get to the Point, a history of County Sligo Golf Club.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JohnPeterHagen on July 3, 2012
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One of the defining shots in the world of competitive golf was struck in early July, 1926, in the final round of the British Open. The golfer who finessed the difficult shot -- some used the word "heroic" -- was Bobby Jones, playing in only his second Open. The ball, hit from an "impossible challenge" of a lie on the 17th hole, managed to find the safety of the middle of the green from where Bobby two-putted for par. When he holed the putt, and then subsequently won the tournament on the next hole, he cemented the 1926 tournament as the most memorable of the 61 Open Championships contested up to that time, while concurrently establishing his reputation as one of the greatest sportsmen to ever play the game.

The venue was the links of Royal Lytham & St Anne's, which was hosting its first Open Championship. Located on England's northwest seacoast, it is also the site of this year's Open, for what will now be the 11th time.)

Steven Reid, a physician, writer and Royal Lytham member for 47 years, (and club captain in 1996), chronicles the 1926 tournament with keen insight, a firm grasp of history, and the presentation of fresh material on Bobby and that Open. Indeed, Dr. Reid was able to secure access to previously unpublished correspondence on the era which reinforces the accuracy and entertainment value of the book. I found it all to be carefully chronicled and presented with brevity.

"Bobby's Open" also creatively adds further dimension to the flair and character of Bobby Jones, who in just four more years would win the game's Grand Slam. Dr. Reid and his publisher certainly achieve what I expect was one of their goals - in addition to making the book profitable, compelling and entertaining - and that was to produce a book that would make Bobby proud.
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Interesting book, but nothing new.

With all the information on Bobby Jones, I found this a little boring and nothing new.
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Steven Reid has done a great job telling us the story of Bobby Jones win in the 1926 Open. I like the way he began with Jones's first trip to St Andrews in 1921, which ended badly due to a temper he couldn't control. Reid shows us how Jones found a way to beat his "timber wolf" temperment, but also details how the internal struggle to control his emotions took its toll physically and emotionally. The famous second shot on the 71st hole is recounted very well, as is the final hole - with added information on Hagen's attempt to hole his second shot and a description of the awards ceremony itself, which included remarks from J.H. Taylor, 5-time Open champion. I love added details such as these. Reid has also added appendices, another bonus, including information on the course itself and how it changed from 1926 to the present. I didn't even realize the course had been altered so much before I read this book, and I consider myself a fair golf historian. This book is very much worth adding to your collection!
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