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Deane Beman has had more influence on professional golf than any man in history. Among sports commissioners, he rates ahead of Landis and Rozelle. They built it; he invented it. If you care about the game, you'll want to read this book. --Jerry Tarde, Editor-in-Chief of Golf Digest

Without Deane Beman, there wouldn t be a PGA Tour, a Players Championship, or a TPC Sawgrass as we know it. This is an inside read on how it all came together where the bodies are buried, so to speak. This isn't just Deane's memoirs; the reporting and writing of Adam Schupak make it a history lesson about a pioneer and game changer. --Tim Rosaforte, Golf World/Golf Digest, Golf Channel and NBC Sports

No one can doubt that Deane Beman was a visionary. But what is too often overlooked is how much he loves the game. Beman decided a taciturn leadership style was what best served the PGA Tour when he was transforming it into a major sports league, but the public was mostly denied the best part of the man. In Golf s Driving Force, Adam Schupak brings us the Deane Beman we missed. The result is a fascinating and diligently reported narrative that reveals important history. If you care about golf and especially if you love it read this book. --Jaime Diaz, Senior Writer at Golf Digest/Golf World
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: East Cottage Press (April 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615458793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615458793
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Adam Schupak has been lugging his laptop and golf bag and following the sun to write about golf since 1997. He has worked for the PGA Tour, World Golf Hall of Fame, and won numerous golf writing awards from the Golf Writing Association of America and International Network of Golf as a senior writer at Golfweek.

Schupak graduated from Colgate University, where he played varsity golf, and holds a Master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Schupak resides in Orlando, Fla., but remains a New Yorker at heart. He proudly displays the 1999 TPC Sawgrass Club Championship trophy in his living room.

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Great book very intersting subject wonderfully written and fun to read.
Gary Adkins
I recommend this book to golfers, sports enthusiasts, business professionals of all stripes, and anyone interested in dyanmic people who make a difference.
J. Swain
A nice surprise (being a golfer) was how enjoyable it was to read about some of golf's most famous players and their roles in all of this.
James Peterson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By an island guy on June 5, 2011
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In Deane Beman's twenty-year career as PGA Tour Commissioner, he built the modern tour. Schupak's story of Beman's achievements is detailed and interesting, full of quotes from those who worked with him and those who fought him. It is a fascinating story, whether or not you are a golfer.

Because the book is organized around Beman's accomplishments -- getting more and richer tournaments, creating the developmental and senior tours, improving the television contracts, creating the TPC courses, etc -- we tend to see him as a deal maker, and to see him through the eyes of those he dealt with. Those stories are most interesting. My only regret is that the author didn't tell us more about Beman as a person, because those who know him appreciate his humor, his kindness, and a host of qualities that aren't apparent in this book.

But read it! You won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CaliforniaDreaming on June 8, 2011
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Who said golf was boring? I read Adam Schupak's "Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Force" and found suspense, intrigue, and power struggles in what is supposed to be "a gentleman's game." Didn't really know too much about Beman, but he was certainly a towering presence in the sports world. Schupak brings him to life here, but doesn't lionize him and doesn't sugarcoat some of his faults. As much of an historical account as it is a biography, the book runs 360 pages, but I sped through it and am recommending to my buds, and my friend's looking for a good father's day gift, as a must-read for any sports fan, history junkie, or anyone who really enjoys the intersection of business, leadership, and sports.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff briggs on June 8, 2011
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Ever wonder how the PGA/PGA Tour/USGA/R&A interrelate? Ever wonder how pro golf became such a successful sports business? Ever wonder why corporate America loves pro golf and it grew to establish the enormous television reach it enjoys today? Why purses exploded even before Tiger Woods? What the "business" of pro golf is really about day-to-day? Then this is a must read for you, as it is for anyone interested in golf generally, pro golf specifically, and the business behind all the players we see every week. It also is a must for those interested in general sports business. Indeed, it should be required reading in any business school. Part biography and part history, and always personally inspiring, this is written with an insider's feel, explains how (and because of whom) pro golf has become such a successful enterprise, and what paved the way for the further explosion in pro golf "AT" (After Tiger). This "BT" (Before Tiger) story is entertaining as well as hugely informative for those who wonder how this "elite" sport grew from much more humble beginnings. Absolutely fascinating and revealing. You will never look at a golf telecast or read a golf magazine in the same way again. Great father's Day gift, and a great business school graduate gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Peterson on September 26, 2011
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Being aware of the PGA Tour's tremendous success, and wanting to make an "institution" of my own business, I bought this book by Adam Schupak.

What a great choice. Read how Beman:

1. Turned the PGA Tour into a non-profit which has saved the tour hundreds of millions of dollars- which could be put towards player enrichment programs.

2. Quickly grasped how the PGA had to become a bastion for serving the charities where they played their tournaments- how long would volunteers come out to work all week in support of millionaires? It had to be about something bigger than golf.

3. Helped in starting the developmental tour, and the senior tour, which provided opportunities for golfers over a much longer career.

4. Pushed for the TPC Network of courses, which now bring in huge revenue in their own right and reduce total reliance on TV revenues. This endeavor required battling some of golfs biggest stars, who felt to tour was competing with their golf design businesses.

5. Consolidated a quilt work of TV contracts which led to rising prices to networks for carrying golf.

Plus much more!

Adam Schupak does a great job of explaining what Beman did, but also gets into the details of all the trials and tribulations that occured in making it happen. Nothing was simple.

A nice surprise (being a golfer) was how enjoyable it was to read about some of golf's most famous players and their roles in all of this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jim bruner on June 22, 2011
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It is a story of how one person who has vision and it not afraid to lead can make a difference, in this case, in the professional golf world. It is personal to me because Deane Beman supported the first TPC that was a partner with a municipal entity and created the TPC of Scottsdale. This has now become the home of the Phoenix Open which is now far and away the largest attended golf tournament in the world. I live several miles from this course and enjoy the course during the year and visit every year during the Phoenix Open. It is truly a unique event and without Deane Beman would not exist.

It was a pleasure to read how he has changed the professional golf world. You don't have to be a golfer to appreciate his leadership skills.

Jim Bruner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Swain on October 10, 2011
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Congratulations Adam Schupak and thank you for a riveting read.
You are a gifted writer to turn the business of golf into action-packed
stories about Beman's twenty-year reign. You included details and events that could
have been excruciatingly boring, but under your fine hand, they were
fascinating. I recommend this book to golfers, sports enthusiasts, business professionals of
all stripes, and anyone interested in dyanmic people who make a difference.
Deanne Beman is a true hero to me.
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