- Hardcover: 343 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (May 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316014303
- ISBN-13: 978-0316014304
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales from Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major Hardcover – May 2, 2007
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Q School (or, more formally, the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament) is golf's Long March, the winding road that aspiring professionals must negotiate if they are to qualify to play on the PGA Tour. Even though the players in the annual event are mainly unknowns, golf fans are fascinated by the grueling, heartbreaking nature of the competition--three separate tournaments during which more than 1,000 aspirants are winnowed down to 30 qualifiers, the survivors of the 108-hole, six-day Final Stage. It's surprising, really, that it's taken the best-selling Feinstein, master of the year-in-the-life sports chronicle, this long to write about Q School. The subject is made to order for his slices-of-life approach. There's plenty of dramatic shot-by-shot reporting here, as Feinstein follows the action at the 2005 Q School, but the core of the book is taken up with getting inside the heads of the competitors, whether it's overmatched also-rans who don't know when to quit, talented rookies seemingly on the verge of great careers, or former champions struggling to hang on one more year. (Masters winner Larry Mize says it all for the last group: "It's been a long time since I had to put my golf shoes on in the parking lot.") What makes this account so compelling is the way Feinstein drives home the point recreational golfers know all too well: golf is, above all, a humbling, even humiliating, game. Bill Ott
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About the Author
John Feinstein is the bestselling author of Last Dance, Next Man Up, Let Me Tell You a Story (with Red Auerbach), 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 is a regular commentator on NPR and CBS.
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feinstein has done it again. portraying the stark realities of attempting to play at the highest level in golf makes the game even more human.
Read it thee times and enjoyed it each time...If you are a pro golf fan, a serious golfer or just a weekend golfer you will love this book
I hate golf, I hate golf, I hate golf; NICE SHOT!!! I love golf!