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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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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
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.’”
“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.”
“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.”
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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.
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.
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.