- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (June 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055339066X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553390667
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 256 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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“This book is going to be controversial. There is no question about it. . . . It is the most unvarnished view of the tour—the biggest tour in the world—that I’ve ever read. And it’s not close.”—Gary Williams, Golf Channel
“Slaying the Tiger is an unflinching look at these men, and the depth and honesty of the material is remarkable. . . . [Shane Ryan] dug deep and got the kind of background information on the players he features that was absent from or barely hinted at in other outlets. . . . This book is certain to be as important to this era as [John] Feinstein’s [A Good Walk Spoiled] was two decades ago. . . . A well-researched, in-depth look at the men who inhabit the highest levels of the game, at the end of one era and the advent of another, Slaying the Tiger is a must-read for PGA Tour fans from the casual to the most dedicated.”—Examiner.com
“An important step away from cliché sportswriting that has saturated golf media for decades . . . Slaying the Tiger should be remembered not for what traditionalists have tried to label it but instead for what it is: a masterfully written account of an important time in golf history in a style that is synonymous to the book’s core message.”—Adam Fonseca, Golf Unfiltered
“Absolutely marvelous . . . Ryan’s writing flows and his reporting turns pages for you. From debunking the Victor Dubuisson myth to blowing up the social construction of Patrick Reed, the entire thing is tremendous. . . . Your only regret will be that there aren’t 400 more pages to peruse.”—Kyle Porter, CBS Sports
“A riveting read.”—Library Journal
“I think it’s important to have books like this in the canon of golf, in the canon of sports.”—Damon Hack, Golf Channel
“With Eldrick Woods reduced to a sideshow, Shane Ryan’s Slaying the Tiger offers bright, opinionated prose on the modern game. Ryan’s fresh look is just what we golfer/readers want.”—Curt Sampson, New York Times bestselling author of Hogan
“Ryan does a fantastic job painting a thoughtful and accurate portrait of the new crop of heirs apparent. . . . With enthusiasm and irreverence, Ryan explores the various personalities of these newer faces in the game and probes into their backgrounds via a bevy of sources, from their parents to their college coaches, to paint intriguing and colorful and sometimes brutally honest portraits of the personalities that have taken over the PGA Tour.”—Stephanie Wei, Wei Under Par
“An exquisite study of a number of the PGA Tour’s stars with an emphasis on the younger generation about to take over from Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.”—Ryan Ballengee, Golf News Net
About the Author
Shane Ryan has written about golf, college basketball, and baseball for various outlets, including ESPN The Magazine, Golf Digest, Deadspin, and Grantland. He also writes about music, film, and TV for Paste magazine. He grew up in Saranac Lake, New York, went to school at Duke University, and now lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Emily.
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There were some things that rubbed me the wrong way. Bubba Watson is a controversial figure on the Tour, seemingly loved as much as he's hated. Ryan writes about having poor interactions with Watson, but took criticism to an unfair level. Don't get me wrong - I love a good Bubba-bashing session as much as anybody, but it felt like Ryan was trying too hard to fit in with the, "cool kids" with his almost personal bashing of Watson.
The other thing was the Victor Dubuisson chapter. Dubuisson had a good year, but he is not as big of a star that warranted the amount of ink he received in this book. I didn't understand why Ryan felt the need to go as far as he did in tearing down Dubuisson's back story. It wasn't that important, in my opinion.
Overall, a fun look back at the last golf season, and a good look forward to the future.
I have heard some pretty harsh criticism about this book. On the Golf Channel, a reporter found herself "disgusted" by the author digging up background information. "Why does he bring in Patrick Reed's parents?" she asks, and points out she finds it inappropriate. I beg to differ! I can watch a tournament if all I care about is the score the player is able to play. If I want to know more about a player, then I read this book, and then I want to hear the background story. I never liked Patrick Reed much, and I now understand more about him. I actually like him a little better and feel more pity than dislike. And this is the kind of info I want from a book like this. Who knew that Dustin Johnson stole bullets for a gun that then ended up killing someone that very same day? I sure didn't. And I find that interesting back-story. As long as it is only a (small) part of the book (which it is). So I find all that to be a positive that makes the book more interesting, and I don't think the author overstepped the line. So Patrick Reed's parents tweet about hating his wife? OK. Maybe this kind of dirty laundry isn't everyone's cup of tee, but if they put it on Twitter then it is public and I don't see a problem with it being used to explain someone's character in a book.
I also read the other reviews here. I don't really follow the criticism of my fellow reviewers who gave low reviews. For instance, I did NOT feel that the author had trouble with golf lingo. He obviously isn't someone who has won a Major before, but I feel he does fine in terms of writing about golf and getting the vibe of the game right.
I also have NO problem with the book referencing Tiger Woods. His decline is a big story, and the rise of the younger players is a big story. Perhaps the raise of the younger players is the bigger story of the two. But I also see that putting "Tiger" on the cover helps to sell the book. Plus, the things the author writes about Tiger Woods are all very interesting. I am fine with all that.
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