USGA releases book 'Great Moments of the U.S. Open' just in time for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion
A history book written by a couple of guys who work at a golf museum runs the risk of being boring.
The new book, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open", is anything but. The classy hardcover, published by Firefly Books, has been released just in time for what should be an intriguing 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club June 10-16.
Authors Robert Williams, the director of the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J., and Michael Trostel, the curator and historian, have created a dynamic look back at our nation’s national championship of golf. The book divides into five sections: Defining Moments, Perseverance, Underdogs, Comebacks and Dominance. Each of the five chapters tells several stories about a specific tournament or player. Defining Moments revisits Bobby Jones’ grand slam in 1930 and Jack Nicklaus first U.S. Open victory in 1962. Perseverance looks at Tiger Woods’ one-legged win in 2008, among other stories of overcoming adversity. The tale of Jack Fleck, the ultimate underdog against Ben Hogan, leads that section. Comebacks highlights Johnny Miller’s magical 63 at Oakmont in 1973. Dominance looks at Woods’ romp at Pebble Beach in 2000 and Rory McIlroy’s record-breaking win at Congressional in 2011.
Several other authors chime in with little sidebars interspersed throughout the book: A look at the first U.S. Open in 1895 by Rand Jerris, a profile of unlikely winner Francis Ouimet by Rhonda Glenn, a tour of U.S. Open courses by current USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (with Hunki Yun) and an analysis of the rise of international players by Lewine Mair.
The photography is excellent, combining photos of players, artifacts from the museum and glorious aerials of some iconic courses.
This book, which retails for $35, could be a perfect Father’s Day present. Visit www.fireflybooks.com for more.
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