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Moment of Glory: The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf Hardcover – May 13, 2010

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"John Feinstein...has done perhaps as much for golf writing as Arnold Palmer has for golf."
(Ron Rappaport, Washington Monthly)

"[Feinstein is] one of the best modern day sports writers." (Virginia Golfer)

"Feinstein is the most successful sportswriter in America....He has the gift of re-creating events known to us all while infusing them with excitement, even suspense." (Jay Nordlinger, Wall Street Journal)

"Feinstein writes passionately and sensitively, and his research is top-notch. His access to the players--tour vetrans, rising rookies, and journeymen...weave a compelling narrative." (Tampa Tribune)

"The best chronicler in sports journalism." (Craig Smith, Seattle Times)

"John Feinstein is a reporter par excellence, amazingly adept at getting past the publicity curtain and getting people to open up their live, their hope and fears." (The State (South Carolina))

"John Feinstein has become sportswriting's John Grisham." (David Kindred, Sporting News)

"Feinstein makes you care." (Bruce Fetts, Entertainment Weekly)

"One of the best sportswriters alive." (Larry King, USA Today)

About the Author

John Feinstein is the bestselling author of Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, Open, The Punch, The Last Amateurs, The Majors, A Good Walk Spoiled, A Civil War, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, Hard Courts, and two novels. He writes for Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis Magazine, and Basketball America and commentates on NPR and CBS. John Feinstein  lives in Potomac, MD, and Shelter Island, NY.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; English Language edition (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316025313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316025317
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Feinstein spent years on the staff at the Washington Post, as well as writing for Sports Illustrated and the National Sports Daily. He is a commentator on NPRs "Morning Edition," a regular on ESPNs "The Sports Reporters" and a visiting professor of journalism at Duke University.His first book, A Season on the Brink, is the bestselling sports book of all time. His first book for younger readers, Last Shot, was a bestseller.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By DangerousK on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I can't profess to have read any of John Feinstein's books prior to this one. Once on myself I had a copy of his acclaimed book "A Good Walk Spoiled", but I never knew what happened to it. I considered over the years reading some of his other books, but the reviews always seem mixed, and I found other things to read. Finally I became determined to read his latest offering when I saw it was scheduled for a May release, and I am glad that I did. I'm a casual golf fan these days, and haven't picked up a club since 2003. I'm more likely to turn on the PGA Tour if Tiger Woods is in contention, but at the same time I do keep aware of the other players on the PGA Tour because there are plenty of phenomenal golfers out there. Feinstein decided with this book to focus on the 4 majors of the 2003 PGA season when all of the majors were won by players not named Tiger Woods. Most know Tiger began the process of retooling his swing at this point and only seriously contended at one major that year; the Open Championship.

Naturally Tiger Woods has to be discussed in this book. There is simply no way to write this story without discussing him in some form because it is central to the main point Feinstein makes. The book starts off in June of 2002 during the United States Open at Bethpage Black on the driving range with Tiger and his then swing coach Butch Harmon. At this point Tiger was becoming less pleased with his golf swing, and was looking to improve it in spite of absolutely dominating the majors starting in June of 2000. A month later at the 2002 Open Championship, Tiger would tell Butch Harmon his services were no longer required thus ending their long partnership. Ironically, Feinstein's book comes out a few weeks after Hank Haney decided to part ways with Tiger Woods.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bubbles on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Feinstein just empties his notebooks in this one. He doesn't even take the time to get his facts halfway straight.

He makes a bunch of mistakes such as saying someone was at one under par, then birdied the next hole to go one under par. He says Phil Mickelson pulled his tee shot into the creek at the second at Augusta. Um, the creek is on the left side of the fairway. A right-hander might pull a drive into the creek, but Mickelson, as a left-hander, pushed his drive into the creek. Feinstein says that Ben Curtis, after finishing his fourth round at the British Open, couldn't talk to anyone before any sort of playoff for fear of breaking rules against getting advice. In fact, Curtis could have talked to anyone he chose. The rules only state that you can't get advice while you're playing golf, and he had finished his round, so Curtis wasn't playing golf.

Feinstein says U.S. golfers don't like to play in the British Open because it's just unusual, like remembering to drive over there on the right side of the road. Feinstein actually says twice that Brits drive on the right side of the road, even though, um, the Brits drive on the left side. Feinstein three times refers to Chad Campbell's wife as Pam. Her name is Amy. And, no, Campbell wasn't married previously.

Nitpicking? Not for a writer who claims to be a leading authority on golf.

If he isn't going to take this book seriously, then the rest of us shouldn't either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Any book by John Feinstein is a good one, and this is no exception. It ranks as one of his best, especially if you like, enjoy or follow the game of golf.

Against the backdrop of golf's greatest tournaments, Feinstein joins humanity and drama in ways that only he can do.

Four golfers, four men, all playing on the greatest stages in golf, all hoping and working for the supreme triumph, all competing with the best golfers in the world and, sometimes, with their own humanity.

Feinstein tells this story as no other current writer could do. That speaks to his humanity and to his ability to see things others (sports writers) don't see.

As readers and sports fans, we are fortunate to live in the time of John Feinstein.
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What do golfers Mike Weir, Jim Furyk, Ben Curtis and Shaun Micheel have in common?

They all won major tournaments in 2003, the year that Tiger Woods struggled with his game. Their story also was the basis of the book on CD that I very much enjoyed, MOMENT OF GLORY, by John Feinstein.

The bestselling golf author followed the four players who were then relatively unknowns as their lives were changed forever as the result of their victories. I felt that I got to know each of them and, also, what it must have been like to have achieved such fame.

MOMENT's most engrossing part was its last chapter when Feinstein traced what has become of each of their careers since 2003. Though they have had some success since 2003, only Furyk is currently doing real well on the PGA tour. (He was seventh on the top 2009 money winners. Weir, Curtis and Micheel finished

26th, 105th and 180th, respectively.)

If you're a golf fan, this is a MUST read. Those not previously fans might like it, too, given that it will give you a better feel for what the sport is all about.
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