Thursday, April 22, 2010

Moment of Glory--The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf

I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about my new book, which is coming out in three weeks. It is called, “Moment of Glory—The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf.” It is about the 2003 majors when almost everyone who seriously contended was either little-known or completely unknown (Ben Curtis, Shaun Micheel for example). Tiger Woods had fired Butch Harmon—that split is described in the book—and was struggling to remake his swing.

What inspired me to do the book was Mike Donald, who people may remember came within one roll of the golf ball of winning the U.S. Open in 1990. I worked with Donald in 1993 and 1994 while researching, ‘A Good Walk Spoiled,’ and couldn’t get out of my mind how completely different his life would have been had he won the Open. When Mike Weir and Len Mattiace played off at the 2003 Masters, I was struck walking down the 10th hole how different life was going to be for the winner as opposed to the loser. That was really the genesis of the idea.

Fortunately, the guys I worked with were terrific and did have fascinating stories to tell about what happened to their lives after their win or their near-win. Some of the near-winners—specifically Mattiace and Thomas Bjorn who probably should have won The British Open that year—are still haunted by what happened and have trouble talking about it. Overall, it was as much fun as I’ve had doing a golf book perhaps since ‘A Good Walk Spoiled.’ I see it as sort of ‘A Good Walk Spoiled,’ meets, ‘Tales From Q-School.’ Two of the characters have been BACK to Q-School since their ‘Moment,’ in 2003.

I think you can find it on Amazon for pre-order now. Obviously I’ll be talking and writing about it more as we get closer to the publication date, which is May 13th.

Note: Please check with your favorite retailer for details, or click here to pre-order from Amazon: Moment of Glory: The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf

1 comment:

Gunnar said...

Looking forward to the book John.

It looks like the NCAA is only going to 68 teams, which I think is great. I like John's idea of those being the play in games to the 12 or 13 lines. I can see the 61 to 68 teams being the bubble teams, big conference teams in the middle of the pack in their conference or mid-majors 2nd place finishers. These eight teams play each other on Tuesday and Wednesday, two games each night. With the winners feeding into the 4 v 13 games on Thursday and Friday. The conference champs of small conferences should not have to be in the play in games.