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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"No one is funnier or more knowledgeable about golf than Dan Jenkins."--Wall Street Journal
"Carl Hiaasen calls Dan Jenkins 'probably the funniest sports journalist ever.' No argument here."--The New York Times
"No one has captured the essential lunacy of the twentieth-century sports scene as accurately and hilariously."--Los Angeles Times
"Hotter than a habanero pepper. . . . Jenkins brings a passion for the game and a committed intelligence to his coverage."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"For style, outrageous humor and longevity, it's hard to top Dan Jenkins." --Newsday
“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
"Jenkins ranks with the best and most influential sportswriters of the 20th century."--Gary VanSickle, Golf.com
"Jenkins takes us inside the world of golf like no one else."--Sacramento Bee
“Jenkins is hilarious, providing more laughs per page than any other writer in the ‘bidness.’”—People
If you loved Sports Illustrated's golden age of great writers, you knew Dan Jenkins. If you loved his books, you knew Dan Jenkins. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bob Berry
Pure golf literary genius. Jenkins' prose is so rich & colorful. It paints the pictures of classic major championships of the past 6 decades. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Geo
Jenkins' access is enviable. As Majors continue, so should Dan, the Olivetti, and newsprint sports reporting....Kenny Lee Puckett be proud!Published 3 months ago by tuffy gordon
Dan Jenkins at his spot-on, hilarious best in chronicling the greatest major championships he has covered over more than fifty years. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gary L.
Many great stories. Good for reading in bed at the end of a long day.Published 12 months ago by Susan C. Cox