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Jenkins at the Majors: Sixty Years of the World's Best Golf Writing, from Hogan to Tiger Hardcover – May 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1ST edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385519133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385519137
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Dan Jenkins has covered 197 of golf’s major championships over the last 60 years—a record that is likely to stand as long as Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. This collection brings together 94 of Jenkins’ pieces on the majors, written mostly for Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest; strung together, Jenkins says in his introduction, “they would make the longest par five in the history of journalism.” Not only the longest, but one of the most entertaining. Jenkins is known for his raucous humor—the defining quality in his best-selling novels, including Semi-Tough—and that signature wit is everywhere evident in his golf journalism as well. But it’s easy to forget just how good a writer Jenkins is. Sportswriters could go to school on his leads: here’s Jenkins on Jackie Burke’s victory over then-amateur Ken Venturi, who had led the 1956 Masters for 70 of the 72 holes: “Jackie Burke’s victory in the 1956 Masters ruined more newspaper leads than a worn-out typewriter ribbon.” Golf fans will treasure this collection both for the history it reports and the spot-on voice of the peerless reporter. --Bill Ott

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Praise for Dan Jenkins

“Dan Jenkins invented the art of golf writing.”
—John Feinstein, author of the forthcoming Are You Kidding Me? The Story of Rocco Mediate's Extraordinary Battle with Tiger Woods at the US Open

“Dan Jenkins is to golf as Michelangelo was to ceilings.”
—Roy Blount Jr., author of Alphabet Juice

“There may be some dispute about the greatest golfer of all time. Just not the greatest golf writer. That would be Dan Jenkins, his ownself.”
—Mike Lupica, author of Heat and Summer Ball

“These chronicles from golf's resident muse, court jester and gold-standard storyteller are as delightful, absurd and wickedly addictive as the sport itself.”
—Peter Richmond, author of The Glory Game

“Jenkins is hilarious, providing more laughs per page than any other writer in the ‘bidness.’”
People

“Dan Jenkins is the nearest thing to Ring Lardner this generation has ever seen. No one has captured the essential lunacy of the twentieth-century sports (and TV) scene as accurately and hilariously as this.”
Los Angeles Times

“Dan Jenkins is a comic genius.”
—Don Imus

“His writing and his ear recall—there is no higher compliment—Ring Lardner, though in different times and different Americas.”
—David Halberstam, New York Times Book Review

“The best sportswriter in America.”
—Larry King

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Very well written,witty,funny.
Alfredo L. Legaspi
This book contains examples of Jenkins' best sports writing - funny, incisive, informative.
tiger
Not a bad career, a great one in fact, and this book offers the best of his work.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wilsonwood on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a collection of short articles about the golf majors during Jenkins' career that spanned the 50s through the 00s (and is still going by the way). As such, it makes perfect bed-time reading. Three or four of the 94 "episodes" is just about right before turning out the light.
Jenkins is a prime example of the "old-fashioned" sportswriter, wrting in his humorous yet insightful down-home Texas style.
I have just two complaints: First, that Jenkins repeatedly includes the U.S. Amateur when counting major wins for Nicklaus, Woods, et al. The Amateur was a major when Bobby Jones won it. It had lost that status by the time Nicklaus won two in the late 50s. And it had LONG AGO lost that status when Woods won his in the 90s.
Second, Jenkins accepts Ben Hogan's claim that he (Hogan) won 5 U.S. Opens -- with Hogan, Jenkins, and pretty much nobody else counting the 1942 Hale American Open as a "war-time Open". Sorry, it was not the Open and not a major. Just as the Players Championship is not a major today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mahlon Christensen on August 25, 2009
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Dan Jenkins is the dean of American golf writers, by his count he's covered 197 Major Championships over 60 years for various publications, beginning with the 1951 U. S. Open, he has selected 94 of the best for our perusal. What lifts this book above the usual collections of columns by sportswriters is it's superb organization. It's organized chronologically so that it's easy for the reader to follow the march of golf history forward. It's a fast, fun read, the columns are short so the pages really fly by, this could also be seen as a negative however, as the medium of a column rarely offers one the space to give an in-depth, hole-by hole account of who won and how. Jenkins is usually limited to who won, by how much, and the general impression the tournament left him with. Luckily for us, thanks to his considerable skills, this feels like more than enough in most cases.

Jenkins at the Majors is absolutely essential reading for anyone who loves the game, especially for those fans whose golf consciousness began in the Tiger era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary K. McCormick VINE VOICE on July 2, 2009
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If you're even a semi-serious golf history fan, you'll enjoy "Jenkins at the Majors", and if you've read Jenkins' golf fiction (and you should...) you'll recognize some tastes of actual events that he incorporated into the lives of his fictional golfer characters Kenny Lee Puckett and Bobby Joe Grooves.

There will be some who get their backs up at his Hogan-centric views of professional golf, but he comes by his prejudices honestly, as they say, as he is a fellow Fort Worth native, and covered Mr Hogan's career since he was a college journalist. As a Texan twice-removed myself, and a golfer who was introduced to the sport nearly a quarter-century ago (pre-Tiger) by the writings of Mr Jenkins, I share his reverence for Mr Hogan, and the opportunity to read his coverage of the major tourneys which occurred before I came to the sport (and many before I was born...) was a real treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tiger on July 9, 2009
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This book contains examples of Jenkins' best sports writing - funny, incisive, informative. A must for readers of sports.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Arnold Palmers win at the 1960 Masters: Venturi finished at 283, Finsterwald at 284, but Jenkins writes that Finsterwald would have tied Venturi if he had not been assessed a 2-stroke penalty in the first round that changed a 69 to a 71. That doesn't add up! Later in the same article, he writes that a Palmer birdie on #17 pulled him within one shot of Venturi, and then Palmer sank the winning birdie putt on #18. If he trailed by one shot, a birdie would have tied him with Venturi. ????? Who proof-read this chapter?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ky. Red on November 11, 2009
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Like any fan of Dan Jenkins, I have always gone out of my way to read almost everything
he has written through the years. Since this is a compilation of many (but, unfortunately,
not all) of his recaps of golf's majors thru the years it is great to see his writing evolve.
The only problem I have with the book is that many of the articles are condensed. Still a
great read, especially for anyone late to the game where Dan Jenkins is concerned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doc on April 24, 2012
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A book to have beside you in the living room and when television has driven you spare, pick it up and relive some of the great moments in golf, through the sharp eyes and insightful mind of Dan Jenkins.You probably will never turn the television on again! Best to get on to Amazon and see what else they are offering, from the pen of one of sports great writers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tampa Tech on July 12, 2011
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I never get tired of Dan Jenkins. This book is a great reminder of why that is. Don't rush through it. The articles are short, and should be savored.
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