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The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 Hardcover – March 15, 2005

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; 1st Atria Books Hardcover Ed edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743470028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743470025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

No one remembers the silver medalist, the second-place finisher, the runner-up. And no one remembers the first loser of the 1968 Masters Tournament. Sampson, a former touring golf pro and author of seven books, including the bestseller The Masters, hopes to change all that by retelling a story many people have forgotten and even more never knew. The '68 Masters was held under a cloud of war, racial tension and national mourning. The tournament began on April 11; eight days earlier, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, and he was buried in nearby Atlanta, Ga., two days before the tournament began at Augusta National. Anti-war sentiment pervaded the nation's conscience as Bob Goalby lined up for the first tee shot of the tournament. What followed was four days of competition and controversy. While the world watched and waited for one of the two favorites, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, to take the cup, three virtual unknowns-Roberto Devicenzo, Bob Goalby and Bert Yancy-staged their own three-way battle for the title. It was one of the tightest tournaments in the Masters' history, and its ending further solidified its place in the history books. When the final stroke was tallied, it was Devicenzo-Goalby, one-two. But in a scoring error on the 17th hole of the final day, it was discovered that Devicenzo's partner recorded a four instead of the three he actually shot, and more controversy ensued. A marvelous look at a compelling event, this book is a surefire pleasure for golf fans.
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From Booklist

The worst sports scandals usually involve cheating, but golf's biggest controversy occurred when the rules were followed too closely. The 1968 Masters Tournament ended in a tie between Roberto Devicenzo and Bob Goalby, but the latter was pronounced the winner when it was discovered that Devicenzo signed a scorecard showing his score to be one shot higher than it really was. Veteran golf writer Sampson reprises the tournament and looks closely at the incident and its aftermath. Would Arnold Palmer have been allowed to correct his score, in spite of the rule? Does the whole fiasco illustrate golf's bedrock sportsmanship, or does it show, yet again, the arrogance of the rich white guys who run the Masters? Sampson gives all sides a fair hearing, but most interestingly, he looks at how the scoring mess turned Devicenzo into a fan favorite and became a permanent monkey on Goalby's back. The attempt to place the controversy in the context of Vietnam and the sixties in general is overstated, but all in all, this is a fascinating slice of golf history. Bill Ott
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More About the Author

Curt Sampson, golf professional turned golf writer, came to golf the old-fashioned way--as a caddie. He looped for his father for a few years on summer Saturday's, then turned pro, in a manner of speaking, at age 12, as one of the scores of disheveled boys and men in the caddie pen at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson, Ohio. His golf game developed from sneaking on LFCC at twilight, an occasionally nerve-wracking exercise because the greens keeper intimated a readiness to call the cops on trespassers. Sampson--never caught--progressed as a player and as an employee, scoring a job as starter/cart maintenance boy at age 16 at Boston Hills CC, a public course, also in Hudson. His high water mark as a young golfer was a win in the Mid- American Junior in 1970. Sampson attended Kent State University on a golf scholarship and managed a municipal course for two years following graduation, worked a couple more as an assistant pro at clubs in South Carolina and Tennessee, then bummed around as a touring pro in Canada, New Zealand, and Florida.

In November 1988, Sampson began to write full-time, mostly about the game of his father, golf. Texas Golf Legends, his first book, was collaboration with Santa Fe-based artist Paul Milosevich. Researching TGL gained Sampson introductions with people he has written about many times since: Hogan, Nelson, Crenshaw, Trevino, and a few dozen others. His next book-The Eternal Summer, a recreation of golf's summer of 1960, when Hogan, Palmer, and Nicklaus battled-is still selling 15 years after its debut, a rarity in the publishing world. Sampson's biography of the enigmatic William Ben Hogan struck a chord. Both Hogan and his next book, The Masters, appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Subsequent books and scores of magazine articles cemented Sampson's reputation as readable and sometimes controversial writer with an eye for humor and the telling detail.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles B on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book contains a fascinating report of two gentlemen that were the victims of two unfair events: Roberto De Vicenzo was the victim of an unfair (and recently modified) rule and Goalby was the victim of an unfair treatment by the media and some golf fans. The two of them had a very gentle reaction after the incident and remained close friends. The book is a refreshing story about excellence in sports.
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And this one was no exception.

Very well researched, interesting, and written so well. I can hardly put the book down once I start.

Fascinating story of what happened in the 68 Masters.

Hopefully next he'll tackle the DISGRACE that was the 58 Masters and the Palmer Venturi debacle.

Gee Goalby received harsh treatment since SOMEBODY else broke a basic, well known and steadfast rule in golf.

As I write, Australia's best female golfer, Carrie Webb, just got DQ'd for the same offence as Roberto did all those years ago....

Also didn't know Devlin lead in a Masters Sunday......

Buy and enjoy!!

Cheers, Simon
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By DaveHwriter on November 10, 2009
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THE LOST MASTERS, the story of the controversial 1968 Masters championship. MASTERS is a slanted but colorful and enjoyable piece of work. Also read SUMMER, Sampson's best work, in my opinion.
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This work covers the 68' Masters incident in thorough detail and with a fine style. I wonder why the book has not been translated to Spanish so far, since the Argentine public would be very interested in this complete and documented version of a half known story.
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