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American Triumvirate Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf
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WINNER OF THE 2012 USGA HERBERT WARREN WIND BOOK AWARD In this celebration of three legendary champions on the centennial of their births in 1912, James Dodson explains the circumstances that made each of them so singularly brilliant and how they, in turn, saved not only the professional tour but modern golf itself, thus making possible the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods.During the Depression — after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bob Jones (who won the Grand Slam in 1930 and then retired) had faded in the public’s imagination — golf’s popularity fell year after year, and as a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia who had dedicated themselves to the game yet could look forward only to eking out a subsistence living along with millions of other Americans. But then lightning struck, and from the late 1930s into the 1950s these three men were so thoroughly dominant — each setting a host of records — that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it.(Hardcover) 400 pages
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